Fish Creek near Canyon Lake in Arizona is a wonderful hike for those who like to boulder and go of trail. That is because there is no designated trail. We follow the creek. Therefore you can make the hike as long or as short as you would like.
Getting to Fish Creek
Starting of the trail is about 30 miles from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. When going East on AZ-88/N Apache Trail, cross over the first bridge and park on either side of the road. There are no trailhead signs. Go to the south side of the bridge and walk down. Form here you are free to walk, climb, or swim as far up the Fish Creek that your heart desires.
We hike this as an up and back hike.
There are no trail markers. Follow the creek.
Do you like climbing on rocks?
There are sections where we get on our hands and knees.
The best time of year for this hike is from October through April. We also like hiking the area when there is water in the creek.
Bring the essentials: hat, sunscreen, clothing to fit the weather, food, water, good hiking shoes, first aid kit, gloves, tweezers, and camera. The tweezers are for thorns that might get in your skin or shoes.
Choose your hikes based on the gear you have.
Fish Creek Hike
We have noticed that many states have a “Fish Creek.” Let us know what state the creek is in that you have seen.