Fossil Creek - Upper

Fossil Creek, Arizona, US



Usual Difficulty II-III(V) (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09507480 45 - 500 cfs II-III(V) 01h12m 40 cfs (too low)

River Description

The upper stretch is a dog of a run. It requires a 4-mile hike in (see directions) down to a the start of the creek (Fossil Springs). Although scenic...this run can drag on for a while. If you have done everything else in the area, check it out, and make sure you run everything, because the filler sections will discourage you. One major bonus to this run is Fossil Creek Falls. First D'ed by Cody Howard, it has been run twice. There are two options for this drop (30'-40'er) The river right channel (Through da' Trees) or the river left (Mini Bomb) Believe it or not, Mini Bomb is the cleaner of the two. For those who qualified to run these drops, you'll know what to do. Others, steer clear. From there on down, the creek is filled with trees, spiders, nasty pitons and more trees. Get down to the start of the classic section by either boating or shouldering your boat on down.

Directions: Off Fossil Creek Road (out of Strawberry). Start your hike at Fossil Springs Trailhead (just at the to top of the canyon rim). If you end up driving down the canyon, you've gone too far. Take out is the

Classic Section

take out....Irvine.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-03-21 19:09:21


Rapid Descriptions

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September 14 2009 (2642 days ago)
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Update: The dam has since been taken down. If you have a photo or update with the new riverbed,
please post em here!

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