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Bell Trail #13, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Camp Verde > North Camp
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 7.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,860 feet
Elevation Gain 1,910 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,280 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 15.3
Interest Perennial Creek
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8  2019-06-01
Creek to Creek
ShatteredArm
8  2019-03-30
Cedar Flats to Roundup Basin
MountainMatt
23  2019-03-23
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop
joebartels
20  2019-03-23
Long Wet Beaver - Bell
The_Eagle
24  2018-04-13
Casner Butte
FLYING_FLIVER
4  2017-03-19 arizona_water
41  2016-11-18
Wet Beaver Creek to Crack
HikingBuddy
1  2016-11-06 MountainMatt
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Overview
This is for the full trail. The more popular option is to "The Crack" at Bell Crossing and back.


This trail is the only developed route into Wet Beaver Creek Canyon and the Wilderness Area it shelters. It is a very popular trail with hikers and anglers who come to enjoy the solitude and other rewards offered by a clear cool stream flowing through a scenic desert canyon. For the most part, the trail follows a route along a bench well above the streambed. A number of side trails, however, lead down to the waterside and indicate the location of good swimming holes or popular fishing spots. If you take advantage of these well-used detours, you'll find a number of places along the stream where deepwater holes alternate with bubbling riffles to invite you to take a dip or wet your line. At one point the trail leaves the canyon bottom to wind high along an escarpment of red sandstone and offer scenic views of the riparian area, the canyon and the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Most people who come to this trail hike only the first 3.3 miles to Bell Crossing, taking advantage any one of several access paths that branch off the main trail and lead down to the stream. After crossing the Wet Beaver Creek, the Bell Trail climbs the canyon's south wall to a high, grassy plateau where it winds through pinyon juniper stands and open grasslands offering views that stretch all the way to the Sedona Red Rocks Country and the San Francisco Peaks. Eleven miles from the trailhead at Beaver Creek, Bell Trail ends at Forest Road 214.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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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    To Bell Trailhead
    From Phoenix go North on Highway I-17 to the Sedona Exit which is SR179. Do not turn left to go to Sedona. Instead turn right, this is FR618. Follow FR618 2 miles and turn left onto FR618A. Follow the signs to the trailhead. This is a great trail. Unfortunately the parking lot may change your mind. Broken glass is everywhere. The trailhead is secluded. Car theft is more than obvious, even signs forewarn you of the danger. Beware, do not drive the family 4X4 up here packed with valuables.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 109 mi, 1 hour 51 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 214 mi, 3 hours 31 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 43.8 mi, 46 mins
    page created by joebartels on Apr 20 2012 10:42 pm
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