Hey everyone, welcome to On The Rocks! I’m your trail guide, Claudia Faust. Every week I’ll take you on a new adventure as I check hikes, waterfalls, and other outdoor activities off of my Arizona bucket list. Today we’re heading to Payson, Arizona to escape to jump into some cool water and Water Wheel Falls!
Water Wheel Falls is a 1.6 mile hike with just 150 feet of elevation gain. The entirety of the trail hugs the Verde River and has a few “steep” sections but beautiful views to match. I suggest wearing sturdy hiking sandals for this trail so you can enjoy getting in the water every chance you get. There are plenty of gorgeous spots to post up for the day and enjoy swimming in the cool water. Happy Trails!