Fish Creek Hike Near Canyon Lake, Arizona

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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.


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We hike this as an up and back hike.

There are no trail markers. Follow the creek.

Do you like climbing on rocks?

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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

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We have noticed that many states have a โ€œFish Creek.โ€ Let us know what state the creek is in that you have seen.

31 thoughts on “Fish Creek Hike Near Canyon Lake, Arizona
  1. WOW, that looks adventurous. It’s wonderful to know that isolated areas are still available for the ambitious.

  2. I just love all of your fun outdoor photos! I like hikes where you can wander around a bit! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wow, the getting on the hands and knees would make me nervous! I am such a klutz. I think I would have a hard time with that.

    1. Sometimes, being on my hands and knees makes me feel safer with multiple points of contact with the earth. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a beautiful area! I haven’t been to Arizona yet, but I certainly hope I get to one day. I haven’t really been hiking on rocks, but your pictures make me want to give it a try!

  5. This is definitely the type of hike I would really enjoy! Love all the crawling and rock climbing! Thanks for sharing this fun adventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You have such a variety of hiking trail recommendations. Let me know if you ever publish an ebook. I wasnโ€™t aware of any Fish Creek in Minnesota but when I googled it, we do indeed have one right here in the metro area as part of a huge nature preserve

  7. This looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to visit Arizona in April. The hard part will be deciding what to do because you make me want to do everything!

  8. That looks more like rock climbing than hiking, but still a lot of fun. I can just see myself twisting an ankle here.. LOL

  9. This looks like a great hike that should be added to my “hiking bucket list!” Thanks for the information!

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