Wolf Creek Falls Hike Prescott Arizona

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Getting to Wolf Creek Falls is a bit of an adventure. You will drive south of the city of Prescott and into the Prescott National Forest. Then you will leave the paved roadway for the dirt and gravel, sometimes one lane, Wolf Creek Rd.

It’s an adventure that is well worth your time and effort. Prescott National Forest is filled with beautiful big Ponderosa Pines and smells heavenly. The forest is my happy place.

Since I’m spending more time in Arizona than I initially planned, I get to explore a lot of the hiking trails around Prescott.

In this post you’ll learn about hiking Wolf Creek Falls in the Prescott National Forest of Central Arizona.

Bookmark this page so you can come back to it when you do the hike and share it with your friends. Also check out my post about 5 beautiful lakes near Prescott for more great hiking ideas. Or hike the Constellation Loop Trails.

Wolf Creek Falls Prescott Arizona

Getting to Wolf Creek Falls Trail

From Prescott the easiest route is to take Gurley Street to Senator Hwy South and follow it all the way to E Wolf Creek Rd where you’ll turn left and continue for 2.3 miles on the dirt road.

It’s a pretty drive. Take it slow and watch out for cyclists, pedestrians, and wildlife.

Look for a gate on the left side of the road and that’s the trailhead for the waterfall hike.

Wolf Creek Falls Trailhead is marked by a gate

This gate is the trailhead to Wolf Creek Falls hike

There is a trail marker on the right side of the road, but that side does not lead to the falls.

Trail 384 marker states no falls access

A sign for Trail 384 Wolf Creek Trail with handwritten sign “no waterfall access”

You may need to park further down the Wolf Creek Rd if there is no room for parking closest to the trailhead for Wolf Creek Falls.

Vehicles parked along Wolf Creek Rd - dirt road

Parking on Wolf Creek Road near the trailhead

If you are camping at the Lower Wolf Creek Campground you can walk up the road 1.2 miles to the trailhead.

Try visiting on a weekday morning, like I did, and you may enjoy fewer people around.

Wolf Creek Falls trail starts out easy

The beginning of the hike is easy with a slight elevation change

When I started the hike, I met another woman hiker, her niece, and her dog Eddy. She told me that they tried to find the waterfall on the weekend but made a wrong turn somewhere on the trail and were way off from the falls.

My Alltrails app (I use the paid version but there is also a free version you can download) showed my location with a little blue dot so I kept the app open during the hike to make sure I was on the right path to the waterfalls.

Black and white hiking dog "Eddy" on the Wolf Creek trail

Hiking dog “Eddy” enjoying the trail and leading the way

Wolf Creek Falls Trail Description

Starting out past the gate by the dirt road the trail is even and easy to walk, then you’ll enter the forest and it gets rockier but still quite easy.

Further along there are a couple of places on the trail where it’s easy to go the wrong way.

Watch for a big cut log where you’ll see a trail crossing a bit before. You should keep going straight and continue past the log.

Shortly afterwards you’ll cross the Wolf Creek and at the “Y” in the trail you should veer left.

Ponderosa Pine needles are long

Giant pine needles of the Ponderosa Pine in Prescott National Forest

You can still get to the falls if you take the route on the right but it’s harder to find since the trail is overgrown near the falls.

Getting close to the falls you must scramble a bit to get down the trail. This is where you will be thankful you wore proper hiking shoes or at least footwear with good gripping power.

Wolf Creek waterfall in Prescott National Forest

Wolf Creek Falls is about 35 feet – nice place to cool off after hiking

Down by the waterfall there are big rocks that you can sit on and enjoy a picnic lunch. You may want to step under the waterfall for a refreshing shower.

Also, there is a grotto behind the waterfall so you can sneak past the falls without getting too wet.

Another pretty waterfall hike in Prescott is the Watson Lake Dam trail – check it out!

Scenic view on trail 384 Prescott National Forest

Rugged beauty of Prescott National Forest

Wolf Creek Falls Hike Info

  • Duration: 1.8 miles round trip
  • Type of Hike: Out and back
  • Elevation gain: 187 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Time: Allow 60 – 90 minutes

Trail marker: #384 Prescott National Forest

A look into the forest and Wolf Creek Falls trail 384

Rocky terrain and a beautiful pine forest along Wolf Creek Trail

More Fun Things to Do Near Prescott

Sedona Little Horse Trail

West Fork Trail at Oak Creek Sedona

Day Trips from Flagstaff

Petrified Forest National Park

Superstition Mountains Wave Cave

Prescott National Forest sign

Prescott National Forest is a great place for hiking in Arizona

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling solo around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 5 of a solo road trip around the USA and Canada, living a nomadic life, and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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