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Fish Creek (Upper)

Upper fish creek
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Upper fish creek


How to Get There
This hike is located North East of Phoenix, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take HWY 88 North East out of Apache Junction towards Apache Lake. Eventually, HWY 88 turns into dirt. This road is OK for cars if you drive slowly, but it is slow going in spots, with some definite elevation. After about 25 miles, park next to the fish creek bridge.
apache junction
Superstition and Mazatzal Wilderness

Hike details

6.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
6.0 miles round trip, or however far you want to go into the canyon.
5.50 [Hours]
It took us a leisurely five and a half hours with a 30 minute stop for lunch.
Elevation Change
700 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 700 ft gradual gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
January 04, 2000


Solitude Details
Not many people on this hike. Expect to meet 4-20 people on this hike during a weekend. The further you go up the creek, the fewer people you'll find.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Lot's of bolder hopping, cool pools of water, shady trees. It's a fun hike for those of us that don't need a flat, well marked trail. You control how long you want to hike. This is a Moderate hike.


Be Aware of
scrambling, boulder hopping, route finding, flash flood danger

Hike up Fish creek canyon (Upper) near Phoenix, Arizona.

This is a good canyon hike close to the Phoenix area. Don't be frustrated on the slow progress due to the boulders and route finding, enjoy it.

Some times of the year, the creek flows and there' s water nearly all year round in the canyon. Several pools to cool off. Different types of desert plants and trees abound. Scrambling around and over boulders is fun! 


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