Grasshopper point is a wonderfully easy swimming hole to access and quite beautiful. Just follow the wide trail to the right of the parking area. A deep green pool invites the young at heart to jump off the twenty foot cliffs and the stream continues downward, providing tamer swimming areas for the rest of us! If you like solitude (the spot is often quite crowded on weekends) you can rock-hop down stream until you find a spot all to yourself.
There are also some beautiful spots if you follow the trail that leads to the left of the parking lot. It meanders along the stream with no particular goal, except to enjoy the views. Wander off-trail toward the creek and find your very own piece of heaven!
Restrooms/changing areas are available in the parking area. Go early if you go on a weekend, as the place fills up quickly. During the weekdays you can have the place almost all to yourself.
From Phoenix, take I-17 north to Hwy 179 (exit 298). Turn left onto 179 and follow it past the Village of Oak Creek to the Sedona (Burger King) “Y”. Turn right at the “Y” onto North 89A. Drive through uptown, past all the tourist shops, and then you are on a wonderful winding road along the creek. Pull off anywhere as long as you don’t see “no parking” signs. You can’t lose!
Things to bring:
Comfy shoes, a swimsuit if you want to get wet, sunscreen, and a towel. I always have a book, a camera, and a journal as well as snacks & water in case I find a tempting spot where I want to kick back and spend some time.
Check with the US Forest Service for pass and fee information before your trip. A Red Rock Pass is required for parking in most locations.