Water Wheel Falls

Water Wheel Falls, Payson: Address, Water Wheel Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Water Wheel Falls
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diangeltravel
Phoenix, AZ948 contributions
Couples
Very easy to get to the fall! We went in April and since the parking was closed due to the Covid-19 , we parked on the side of the road along with other cars! I was surprised to see many people there. From there it only took us about 10-15 minutes to get to the fall. There is a small one and if you go a little further you will see a bigger one ... not that big though like you would expect! You have to go up the rocks to have a better view. Some people were getting into the water , I just got in with my feet and it felt so refreshing . The temperature was great ... sunny but not as hot as Phoenix. I live in Chandler ( East Valley ) and to get there it only took 1.5 hours.
Written May 9, 2020
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gerundorchid
Tucson, AZ35 contributions
Family
This is a River or maybe it’s a creek with hiking trails and a series of small waterfalls. Very easy trails that seem to go on for miles. We packed water and lunch and had a picnic. There are at least two porter potties in the vicinity. If you like bodies of water and hiking this is great! Our youngest was 7, but I think a 3 yo could do it perfectly fine.
Written January 23, 2022
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Kimberly S
Apache Junction, AZ5 contributions
Friends
Trailhead is just left of bathroom. Has sign boards but nothing is on them to tell you any info. Water wheel is at the start of trail to the left. Hike is beautiful with multiple waterfalls all the way to end of trail. Trail does cross over the water several times and does have rock face walking and some boulders to go around and over but an enjoyable hike still. Definitely check weather before going to avoid flash flood danger.
Written March 5, 2020
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We came here this morning to go hiking and it looked like it was going to be nice but we saw 3 separate areas marking a persons death within less than half a mile. The first was a tree with faded silk flowers and some children’s shoes tied around it, then a cross with someone’s name on it and the third was a sign. What happened here? We were a little freaked out and decided to leave. Can anyone tell me what happened at this place?
Written November 17, 2019
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Sara B
5 contributions
Family
This is a great place to go with the family to escape the Phoenix heat. There are picnic spots as soon as you park and even some swimming holes. If you are up for an adventure, you can hike up the creek to the waterfalls and even more swimming holes. This starts out as a dirt trail but turns into boulders, just follow the creek! When you arrive, to start the trail you will head to the left.

Tips:
*Bring as much water as you can. The temps when we went in July were around the 100's and we were extremely hot. We couldn't even finish because we ran out of our water supply and had to head back.
*Cell phones do not work so if you are planning on meeting a group, coordinate ahead of time.
*I brought hiking boots but I would actually recommend a shoe with a good grip that could also get wet because the farther you go, the more you will need to get your feet wet.
*Get there early, this place gets PACKED!
*Please pay the fee. This is a self-pay honor system and I was disappointed to see so many people just walk by without paying. This behavior creates a stricter system where quite possibly we'll have to have pay ahead permits in the future. The fee is small compared to the fun you get to have so bring cash with you to support our forests!
**And to piggyback off of that, please pack your trash and take it out with you. Again, destructive behaviors will only hurt the future of this spot.
*Wear sunblock!
Written August 6, 2016
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Kaitlynn W
13 contributions
Family
We did this hike easily with two kids. One an 8 week old, and a two year old. Water was amazingly clear and beautiful! Many falls along the way to the big one, super cool! Highly recommend this hike! Fee of 6$, it's an honor system!
Written May 19, 2017
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Mel
Madison, WI59 contributions
Family
Not from the area and wasn’t aware of the flood and deaths here. There are memorials so of course you think of it. It didn’t look like a path was cleared anymore? We didn’t hang too long and took the gorgeous drive thru the Tonto Forest back to the airport. Maybe the other stops were passable.
Beautiful area.
Written January 13, 2018
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Plynn458
Tucson, AZ7 contributions
Family
This was on my top list of places to visit with my daughter when we were in town. Luckily we did not attempt to go. We found out the next day that a flash flood came through and swept away a family of fourteen. There were only four survivors and at this point one man is still missing. I'm sure this place is beautiful from what I've read, but please do not go during monsoon season or when it looks like rain is anywhere in the area. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family this happened to.
Written July 19, 2017
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Bill D
Pittsburgh, PA74 contributions
Family
As other reviews note, there is a well-worn trail that goes about a quarter of a mile to an area that looks a bit like a beach. The real payoff, however, is if you keep following the unmarked trails that lead upstream. The scenery is beautiful and, at the end, there is a beautiful waterfall.
The trek is not for the faint of heart because you have to cross the stream several times. There are logs, rocks, etc. to help with crossings but you should expect to get wet. Bring your swimming trunks if you don't mind a swim in pretty cold waters.
Written May 17, 2017
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jessKels
Phoenix, AZ65 contributions
Friends
This is a nice water hole in Payson, super easy to get to and a super beautiful spot. Park at the Water Wheel Camping parking lot and just walk down towards the water. There are some boulders the farther you hike but you can stop at any time and hang out or take a swim. This is a very short hike, if you do choose to hike along the falls it really is only about half a mile to 1 at the most. Even though it's super short it is such a beautiful place, highly recommend checking it out. I made a day trip out of it, drove up from Phoenix hiked in the am and then stopped for some bbq in town before heading back to Phoenix.
Written June 29, 2016
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