By this point, I start to wish I had brought my fly-rod, because of the amount of fish we’ve seen in the creek. . .
Shortly after passing the rimstone dams, we begin one of the ascents, until we get to the suspected canyon that Philip had been eyeing on the map. It turns out it is a short canyon that ends in a boulder choke (#4 on the map above). You could probably hike up and around the canyon, if you really wanted to see the top.
This section of the trail is referred to as the Flume Trail and is just an old gravel road, so between the terrain and grade, the walking is quite easy. We continue along this section of the trail until we get back down to Fossil Creek, where we take off our shoes to cross. Across the stream is the Irving/Flume Parking lot. From here, you can continue hiking downstream or along Fossil Creek Road in either direction (towards Camp Verde or Strawberry). To finish the loop, we start the final ascent, hiking up Fossil Creek Road towards the town of Strawberry.