If you are a fool like me, you have tried the hike to Fossil Springs during the heat of the summer. The hike is an easy four miles downhill to one of the most beautiful spots in Arizona. Followed by an excruciating, hot and exposed four miles uphill. It's probably one of the best hikes in the area for dehydration, exhaustion and exposure if you go unprepared or during the wrong time of year.
Now that things are cooling down, and if you aren't too traumatized by an earlier experience, this is the perfect time of year for the Fossil Springs hike. The fall colors are still on the trees and the days hover at a bearable temperature.
Still, bring plenty of water and start early in the day. To get there, drive north to Strawberry. Turn left at Fossil Creek Road, immediately after Strawberry Lodge. Drive 3.8 miles until you see a sign for Fossil Springs. Turn right and park in the parking lot. Read more in, "50 Hikes in Arizona," by Martin Tessmer.