Camp Creek Falls

 
Camp Creek Waterfall
Camp Creek
Camp Creek
Blue Wash
Camp Creek
Camp Creek
Elevation plot: camp Creek Falls
map: Camp Creek Falls

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Carefree, AZ.

To get to the trailhead: from the Phoenix/Mesa area, take HWY-101 North to the Pima Road exit. Take Pima road North to Cave Creek Road. Turn East (Right) on Cave Creek Road. Continue 6.5 miles from the intersection on Cave Creek Road to an unsigned parking area on your right.
city
cave creek
state
az
Region
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

Distance
2.60 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The out and back hike described is 2.6 miles round trip.
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us 2.0 hours of hiking, with a short break to enjoy the waterfall.
Elevation Change
400 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 400 ft of elevation change.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features
Water

Season

Best Season
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • October
  • November
  • December
Worst Season
  • July
  • August
Season Details
This hike is best to take just after a rain.
Date Hike completed
February 08, 2019

Solitudue

Solitude
High
Solitude Details
Good. Seems not to many folks know about this hike. We did run into some horseback riders, but no other hikers.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderate
difficulty detail
Although the distance is short and the walking is easy, the route finding is a bit tricky and depending on the water level, there could be some scrambling and/or creek crossing. This hike is a Moderate difficulty hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
Route finding. Depending on water level, you may need to cross a running creek.

Hike to a seasonal waterfall on Camp Creek near Phoenix, Arizona.

Waterfalls are rare enough in Arizona that they are worth seeking out when they appear. Camp Creek creates a seasonal waterfall and this hike is best done shortly after one of those rare Phoenix area rains. 

From the parking area, take the clear trail as it heads down towards Blue Wash. After 0.4 miles, you'll reach Blue wash. Instead of continuing on the trail, turn left here and walk along the floor of the wash. This wash is normally dry and the walking is pretty easy. After 1.1 miles of hiking, you'll reach the clear confluence of Blue Wash and Camp Creek.

Depending on recent rains or Spring runoff, Camp Creek may be a significant creek or a quiet one. When we did this hike in February of 2019, it was after a few days of rain, so the creek was pretty impressive. Turn left at the confluence and start walking up the left side of Camp Creek. For the first 0.2 miles, there is a clear trail. For the last 0.1 miles to the creek, we stayed on the left bank and bushwacked along the bank to get to the waterfall. Depending on water level, you may want to cross or the walking may be easier in the creekbed. Use your judgement here.

The waterfall is unmistakable and enjoyable. After appreciating this rare desert phenomenon, return the way you came.

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