Ellison Creek Cascades, waterfall, cascades, Arizona
Ellison Creek Cascades

The original plan was Fossil Springs.  There was a rainstorm earlier in the week, and the runoff effects the clarity of the water.  We decided to check out Ellison Creek Cascades and we were not disappointed.  The rainstorms in and around Phoenix on Friday seemed to affect the amount of traffic on Saturday morning on the Beeline Highway.  The few vehicles on the road was a relief, as it is usually congested on a Saturday morning with so many people escaping the heat.

Just north of Payson is the Houston Mesa Road.  We drove east on the Houston Mesa Road for about 7.5 miles before arriving at the Water Wheel parking lot.   I park here when I go to Water Wheel Falls and/or to Ellison Creek Cascades.  The day-use fee is paid at the self-pay pole near the pit toilet.  The fee is $9 per car.  No camping and no staying in vehicle overnight.

The hike is scenic and fairly easy.  We went less than three-quarters of one mile to reach Ellison Creek Cascades, which is located on Ellison Creek.

We took the traditional group photo on Lloyd’s Log.


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