Drive Time: 2 1/2 Hours Main Activity: Water Hiking, Swimming Meal: In Pine, Strawberry, or Payson
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Take a water hike with Private Jeep Excursions to the Hanging Gardens through the beautiful West Clear Creek Wilderness. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Wilderness. From its western terminus at Bull Pen Ranch at the canyon mouth, the trail leads upstream into the deep, narrow gorge which medium-sized West Clear Creek has cut into the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The downstream end of the trail has many clear pools, slickrock water slides, and a tree-shaded riparian areas all tucked away between red rock canyon walls.

From the trail’s upper terminus, at Bald Hill, the route drops 1,800 feet down a slope from a high plateau of juniper forests to the canyon floor. It then winds its way downstream along a stretch of secluded pools and rocky riffles. You must bring your water shoes on this hike, you’ll have to cross the stream at least a dozen times. In times of high runoff, this trail can be impassable. In the middle of a hot Arizona summer you’ll appreciate the many opportunities to cool off.

About The Hike

The hike is an easy 1.4 mile out and back round trip. There are about a dozen 20 to 100 yard swims mixed in with a little rock hopping. The alcove hosting the Hanging Garden is filled with abundant plant life and is somewhat of a desert oasis.

Gear You Will Need:

  • Water Shoes w/ sturdy bottoms to protect your feet.
  • Swim Suit w/ suggested water shirt for additional cover.
  • Small Inflatable Tube this makes the water hike portions much easier.
  • Backpack for food, snacks, drinks, and other Hiking Essentials.
  • Change of Clothes for the drive home.

Hanging Gardens Water Hike



Time : 8:00 am


Meet in and Depart from Fountain Hills. (Hotel Pick-up Included)


Travel Time

Travel both on-road and off-road to the Hanging Gardens trailhead takes 2 1/2 hours one way.


Time : 10:30 am

Hike In

The hike is an easy 1.4 mile out and back round trip. There are about a dozen 20 to 100 yard swims mixed in with a little rock hopping.

Explore the Hanging Gardens

Time : 12:00 pm


Once we reach the Hanging Gardens you will have time to rest and enjoy the area.


Time : 2:30 pm

Hike Out

We must hike out the same way we hiked in. The return hike out is the same 1.4 mile.

Dinner Time

Time : 4:30 pm


There are a number of restaurants to choose from in the towns of Pine, Strawberry and Payson.


Time : 7:00 pm

Drive Back

Drive back 2 1/2 hours to Fountain Hills.
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    1 - 4 Pax
    Available Seats: 4

    Group ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $385.00 /Group

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