hiking
no shade
rocky
1 day ago

Don’t underestimate the ascent up. I ran out of water with still a mile or so to go. Took 2 liters.

hiking
fee
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Awesome trail with an amazing waterfall/swimming hole at the bottom. Few things I found confusing-signs say “this trail does not go to waterfall”. It does! Also, the road sign once you turn onto fossil creek rd in Strawberry says “road closed”. Its not! We decided authorities are probably trying to detour people who have no business hiking this 10 mile hike (half of those straight up hill), in the AZ heat, with no shade. As we were leaving the waterfall, there was a woman who clearly was NOT making it out. She was vomiting, no food and only had a hydro flask with warm water. She had only hiked down hill at this point and was already in ill form. This hike is difficult! They have to rescue so many people every year who completely ignore the signs of warning. If you don’t hike regularly or get any physical activity, find another trail! As we arrived at the top, fire and rescue were preparing to go down and get her. Not fun for anyone!!

hiking
bugs
2 days ago

Four of us went and each drank about 4 liters of water and Powerade throughout the hike. Now that it’s warmer I would’ve frozen a few water bottles the night before because the water got warm by the time we reached the water fall and wasn’t very refreshing on the way back up. Take plenty of snacks too. We got lost on the way down. We maybe saw 15 people the whole day and another hiker said they got lost as well. The trail could be marked SO much better! Once you get to the bottom it’s so beautiful. The grotto area and swimming in the caves are incredible. An inflatable inter tube would’ve been really nice to have. The first part of the hike back out was pretty difficult but it gets easier after the first mile and a half or so. Take breaks if needed and stop to drink lots of water. Remember sunscreen and good hiking shoes or boots. We hiked out from about 4-6pm and some of the trail was shaded by them which was a huge help. The way down we were in the direct sunlight most of the time. Be smart and come prepared. Don’t minimize the heat and amount of water that is needed. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the beauty!

hiking
over grown
rocky
5 days ago

hiking
fee
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

Great trail down with reward of swimming in beautiful, cool, clear water. Enjoy the waterfalls and grotto. Once done it’s time to head up 1500 feet over 4 miles, doable but warning with the heat, in the summer it is in the 90’s + so be prepared with lots of water and just take it one step at a time- you got this! Again - Bring more water then you think you need for the hot hike up and out.

hiking
10 days ago

I recommend going while the other parking lots are shut. No crowds. Take goggles. The water is sooooo clear! Closed toed water shoe would be great, but my chacos we’re sufficient. Flips flops will just come right off in the current. Pls pick up a few bits of trash while you’re there. This place could use a clean up. Also, follow the sign to the dam. Dam = waterfall.

hiking
10 days ago

Great adventure! Note that the Bob Bear trailhead requires driving about a mile on unpaved and rocky road. It’s about 4.3 miles from the Bob Bear trailhead parking to the waterfall. A little dicey finding your way to the swimming area but there are many different footpaths. Just follow the people. The water is cold but it feels amazing. You can swim to the fall and even inside caves. The water is so clear you can see all the fish. Just be careful getting in and out of the water because the rocks are very slippery or jagged. The hike back up is hard, but not killer. Especially if you’re in good shape and stop often for water. My boyfriend and I went through about 10L of water on this hike.

Great easy loop.

hiking
fee
13 days ago

hiking
bugs
fee
rocky
13 days ago

Very beautiful trail, we did believe that we were not going to be able to see the waterfalls but we did ! It was a great hike, one direction downhill and when coming back uphill! Very good exercise

hiking
16 days ago

Nice hike, not sure I would rate it hard, but it was still a very good workout. Waterfall was impressive, but I was surprised by the crowds at the bottom on a Wednesday. Was not expecting it to be so busy. The only negative was the occasional piece of trash left behind from hikers/campers.

Kid and dog friendly easy trail. The beginning was gradual uphill and the second half was gradual downhill. My four year old had no problem navigating and hiking in the lead as her sisters and I followed with the dog. Lots of green and easy to follow the trail. We will do this one again.

hiking
18 days ago

Bring a small towel, inner tube and water shoes for the base of the water fall. Great place to hang out and have lunch before heading back up the trail. We took the Dam trail and much preferred that side of the waterfall. There are thorny bushes so I would recommend leggings and long sleeves down by the water.

hiking
20 days ago

To get to the East Webber trail start at the Geronimo trailhead and hike on the Highline trail for .25 miles west, then in Geronimo Trail for about 1 mile.

hiking
20 days ago

This is the Fossil Springs Trail.

hiking
fee
no shade
20 days ago

Fun hike down to a flowing river. Water felt great. Pretty steady incline on the return but sections of flat which made the trail moderate. Not a lot of shade- take plenty of water! I packed 3L and drank about 1.5L. It looked like most people reserved their spots for Bob Bear Trail Head and had a print out. I didn’t know about this but just bought a day pass for the park and didn’t have a problem.

hiking
22 days ago

Not bad going down. The water is beautiful. Definitely a lot harder going back up. Be sure to have LOTS of water. Hiking back up in the middle of the day in AZ heat is rough so be prepared.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike. Get a permit before taking off (link below). DO NOT TAKE THE SPRING TRAIL. Poorly marked and maintained. Puts you on the wrong side of the stream/waterfall. Take the Dam trail. Good trail, more options. A sign a mile in weirdly says this isn’t the “waterfall trail”, but there is and it’s the same one the Fume trail and another one on all trails converge. https://www.recreation.gov/permits/4251903

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful hike. Mostly downhill going to the water, and then rocky uphill coming back. The water area is huge, so much space to swim and they have some cool caves there too! Recommend bring water shoes, the rocks are slippery and rough on your toes.

hiking
24 days ago

Cool spot. Gave 1 star cause we got fined. Didnt no about needing permit.

hiking
24 days ago

Love this place! Hike definitely isn’t easy coming out but if you’re in decent shape you should be fine. Definitely bring lots of water and wear good hiking shoes. You do need a permit, enforcement may be lacking due to the pandemic but they’re still enforcing needing a permit. Just to give some clarification, the Spring trail takes you to the natural spring where you can drink clean water from the ground. The Dam trail takes you to the waterfall and toilet bowl. Although either will take you to the waterfall, you’re better off taking the designated Dam trail

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