Waddell, Arizona

Hike to Waterfall Canyon

2 Miles Total - 200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Calvin Weibel

The best time to go is Nov-Mar, and the waterfall is usually only "flowing" after a rainstorm, so plan accordingly. Night hiking here is an option and should take about ~2 hours. It is $6 parking per car.

So to fully enjoy the theme of this hike, make sure to try and go right after a rain. But also know that since this is a pretty easy hike, you will won't be the only one there. This is also a great hike/ waterfall to do with someone that is new to desert hiking, since it is relatively easy and there isn't a lot of elevation gain. The trail is clearly marked with interpretive signs pointing out and describing various formations and things to see. A pretty awesome hike after a rain.

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Loved it

Great easy hike to some great views!

Its Not A Rumour

Its true. Frogs, and lots of them do arrive in spring at the base of the watertrickle(fall) Pretty cool, pretty crowded at times, but 100% worth it. This is perfect for toddlers if you have children in this age range. Not all flat, but enough of a scramble that it provides an enjoyable family trip.

Decent hike, a bit crowded, not so much water in the fall

Definitely a good beginner hike with a well-maintained trail and pretty scenery. If you hail from a land where waterfalls contain some amount of cascading water, reset your expectations before hitting the trail. The times I've been to the "waterfall" I've seen some wet rocks and a smallish pool/puddle beneath, but no actual waterfall. I have no doubt this would be very pretty after a heavy rainfall, though. The downsides to the trail for me are a) in my experience, it has been pretty crowded, and b) it's kind of a boring hike. I think the park has prettier trails that aren't quite as crowded. Fortunately, the park has a Nature Center staffed with good folks who can recommend trails based on your skill level.

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