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East Clear Creek - Winslow Wall, AZ

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Warning! Technical climbing skills required. Risks include serious injury to death.  Risks are not eliminated by skill.
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Difficulty 4th
Climb I G Sport
Rock Sandstone Good
Length 80 ft 1 Pitch
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,100 feet
Elevation Gain -60 feet
Accumulated Gain 220 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.1
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack No
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East Clear Creek
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Author TM1ssKDMac
author avatar Guides 9
Routes 10
Photos 4,110
Trips 38 map ( 348 miles )
Age 60 Male Gender
Location Joseph City, Arizona
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Preferred Apr, Mar, Oct, Nov → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Winter
Sun  5:27am - 7:31pm
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A Hidden Slot Near Winslow
by TM1ssKDMac

Just a short drive out of Winslow gouged into the rolling high desert plains of the Little Colorado River drainage is a hidden jewel of exceptional beauty. East Clear Creek Canyon just upstream of McHood Lake is a narrow, winding canyon cutting deeply into the Coconino sandstone of the Colorado Plateau. This canyon runs for 50 miles as the crow flies and its length would be over twice that if it was stretched out straight. There are many places to enter and hike this canyon but I am going to limit this description to the section near Winslow known as the Winslow Wall.

This short hike requires some minor technical rope work to actually enter the canyon and climb back out. I am not a rock climber and I have been in and out of this canyon several times with children as young as 10. It does require rappelling gear and an ascender for protection when you climb back out. Once you are in the canyon you can hike either direction for about half a mile before you are stopped by large pools of water.

This section of the canyon has a large number of bolted climbing routes in place for those that enjoy climbing. There is always water in the canyon of varying depths depending on the time of year and weather.

The trail starts at the parking area and is well maintained and marked by the climbing groups that use the canyon. The trail leaves the parking area and follows the canyon rim away from the parking area and the road back out to hwy 99. In about a half-mile the trail starts winding down into a side canyon that is used to enter the main canyon. Climb down this small side canyon to a ledge area about halfway to the canyon bottom. Here you will see several rappel anchors bolted into the wall where you can hook up your rappel gear and rappel the rest of the way down into the canyon. Generally, there are always ropes to use here that are already hooked up and left in place by the climbing groups that use the canyon. Use your judgment as to whether you want to use these ropes or not. It has been my experience that the ropes and the anchors are well maintained and replaced before they reach an unsafe level of wear. They are handy to have in place already so please don't damage them or decide you need them at home.

After exploring the canyon bottom and you are ready to climb back out. We hook up a short lanyard to our rappelling harnesses with an ascender attached to the other end which we attach to the rope for protection as we climb back up the crack of the side canyon and up the ledge where you can unhook from the rope and then hike out the canyon rim and the train back to the parking area.

Check out my photos of the climb before you go so that you can assess whether or not this hike is for you.

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2007-10-22 TM1ssKDMac
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike & climb trip
    From Winslow at the corner of 2nd and Williamson Ave. head south on hwy 87 for 1.2 miles to the junction of hwy 87 and hwy 99. Turn left or east on hwy 99 to mile 7.5 from your start in Winslow to the junction of hwy 99 and Territorial Road that runs east from hwy 99. Stay on hwy 99 for about 300 feet past Territorial Road and you will cross a cattle guard and a fence line. Immediately turn right onto a narrow dirt road that follows the fence line in about a half a mile the road will fork, take the left fork that veers away from the fence line and follow this for about another quarter mile or so to the canyon rim and a small parking area and primitive campsite.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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