Arizona Hiking Gallery

Fossil Springs Trail Hike
Fossil Springs Wilderness, AZ
February 13, 2005

Gallery contains 39 photos

Gallery last updated: 2/19/2005

Fossil Springs Trail Hike: Image 1
After several days of rain, patches of fog float over Fossil Creek Canyon.
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Patches of fog rolling through the canyon viewed from the upper portion of Fossil Springs Trail.
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Nash Point behind by a thin veil of fog.
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A long dead juniper still clings to the red hillside.
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The view of the canyon opens up. The Fossil Springs Trail drops down about 1200 feet before reaching Fossil Creek.
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To the left of the cliffs you can see the flume (built in 1916) which once carried water from Fossil Springs to the Irving Power Plant 4 miles downstream.
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A view of the cliffs on the opposite side of the canyon above Fossil Springs.
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Fossil Springs Trail as it descends towards Fossil Creek.
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The muddy brown waters of rain swollen Fossil Creek.
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A closer view of the churning waters.
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Flood waters flowing past the canyon wall.
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A rare sight in Arizona where most creeks are dry sandy washes not raging muddy rivers.
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Behind the flood the hillside has interesting layers.
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Lichen covered rock down at the river's edge.
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The roiling waters of Fossil Creek.
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You can almost hear the roar as the flood waters tumble over a small ledge.
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A small waterfall cascading down the cliffs to join the flood below.
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This slightly different view of the waterfall has a much more peaceful and serene feel to it.
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Framed by a juniper growing from the creekside rocks, the river rushes on down the canyon.
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Foam from the churning waters collect in the quiter areas of the creek.
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Foam bubbles.
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Close view of the foam.
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Somebody was leaving their juniper berries all along the trail.
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A view of Nash Point in the afternoon as we make our way back up out of the canyon.
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Someone's been walking on the muddy trail.
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Boot print in the mud.
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Muddy boot.
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Nash Point.
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Dead Manzanita twigs.
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Agave.