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Bell Trail #13, AZ

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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  2019-03-30
Cedar Flats to Roundup Basin
23  2019-03-23
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop
20  2019-03-23
Long Wet Beaver - Bell
24  2018-04-13
Casner Butte
4  2017-03-19 arizona_water
41  2016-11-18
Wet Beaver Creek to Crack
1  2016-11-06 MountainMatt
19  2016-05-04 RowdyandMe
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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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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Bell Trail #13
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    Just looking for a place to cool off on the way back to the Valley. I had forgotten how many private property signs there were along the first mile of Bell Trail. Anyway, the red sandstone benches are perfect for lounging and having a picnic. :D
    Water levels were high and there were several pools that were too deep to wade, so we swam.
    Bell Trail #13
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    Nice day wandering around WBC. Out Bell, up White Mesa then looped around Split Tank and back down on Apache Maid, continued over to the creek and up to the mesa again on Bell, then back down and creek-walked downstream to exit on Wier. White Mesa trail isn't terribly scenic but it is in good condition. As with the other trails in this area, once you reach the mesa at the top of the climb the trail quickly fades away.
    Bell Trail #13
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    Well I knew it would hit 100 degrees today so I wanted to find a cooler place that had shade and water for Rowdy.
    And this was it. It was my first time out here this place is very beautiful so I will have to come back again. As it was still a little warmer than I had hoped for.
    Maybe next time I could do it as a loop with the Long Canyon Trail. ... DFI8 ... no_Q ... puhI
    Bell Trail #13
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    Afternoon hike. Started about 12:30 pm and headed out. Weather was great for hiking (fluffy clouds, slight breeze, 68 degrees). Hike up to Weir trail was easy and took little time. Maintaining on the Bell trail took us on some great scenic views up the canyon... fall foliage was in effect, so the vistas were great. All connecting trails looked to be well kept. Took about 1:50 to get to Bell Crossing... when you come to that sign, keep to the left to get to The Crack (about 100 yards past sign). Down to Bell Crossing is good for some running creek action.

    Great hike with an awesome payoff at the end.

    The creek had many fall colors along the length... great amber and yellow hues!
    Bell Trail #13
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    Long Wet Beaver Bell Loop
    The Wet Beaver area has been on my list for a long time. Preferring loop hikes, I decided to tie in Long Canyon #63. Not seeing any published GPS tracks for the Long Canyon trail, I thought this would be a good opportunity to get one out on HAZ. I read about the lack of trails after the fact.

    The drive up from the valley takes you through the Verde Valley. We had some concerns when driving through here, since the winds at Slide fire in Sedona had changed directions and filled the Valley with so much thick smoke, it was hard to see and could be tough to breath if hiking in this. Luckily, the closer we got to our trail, the thinner the smoke got. We only smelled it a couple of times on our hike.

    We started our hike in a small lot just off FR618H, just down the street from the Beaver Creek Ranch. Joe tells me this is a house for Bad Kids. (First Hand Knowledge?) This is on the SE side of Beaver Creek.

    The Long Canyon Trail #63 (not the #122 which is also in Sedona) grabs you right from the beginning with it's uphill. The majority of the elevation is gained in the first 1.5 miles. At the 2 mile mark there is a sign that warns you the trail is hard to follow after this point. Between Rock Basket Cairns and Tr 63 Carbonite signs, we made it in 6.6 miles before losing it.
    You get some nice high desert views up top, as well as views into Long Canyon. With a drawn up track, we made our way over to the intersection with the Bell Trail and checked out the old out buildings. Joe got his picture taken by a Game Camera.

    The Bell Trail #13 at this point follows an old 2 track going to the NW....for awhile. This lasts for a mile, until the two track just ends. We followed the drawn track through what could have been a trail at one time for .75 mile until we once again had trail. Views the closer you get to the Rim in the NW corner of the Mesa are spectacular. I saw some new areas in the Wet Beaver area that I need to explore, east of The Crack looks enticing!

    Going down towards The Crack on the Bell Trail, we passed our first hikers of the day. Joe scared them off. We went off trail a couple of times on the way down, to get some views into The Crack area. There were a dozen or so people enjoying the water.

    I see why the Wet Beaver area is so popular. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water and the scenery. Joe pointed out one area of Tafoni that was particularly interesting.

    We hit the short Wier Trail #85 to get under the Trees and get into the Creek for a bit. Joe played with a Torpedo while looking for his bolt cutters.

    We also went off trail crossing the creek, to get back to the truck. There were some red slick rock areas that would be fun to play in with more time. Joe played Tarzan for a bit and we made our way back to the truck.

    All in all, a fun day in the Wet Beaver Wilderness.... an area that needs some more attention, especially upstream from The Crack area.

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    Bell Trail #13
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    Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop
    Bruce engineered this seemingly obvious yet rarely traveled loop. Aside from a couple hours of vicious biting gnats I enjoyed the hike. The stats are reasonable. Route finding even with monster sized caged cairns is challenging for miles. I doubt this loop will appeal to casual hikers.

    Long Canyon Trail #63
    Climbs vigorously up to a mesa. Look back to catch some nice views heading up. Our view included smoke over Sedona and hanging low in the Verde Valley from the Slide Rock Fire. The first 2.5 miles is medium intriguing. Then it turns into an ever increasingly challenging cairn hunt. Typical Sedona mesa zone... junipers dot the rocky ankle buster landscape with prickly pair accents.

    At 4.5 miles a sharp canyon edge intrigues dazed eyes. Distant Sedona views open up. This is where it turns into advance route finding. Caged cairns continue. Keep an eye out for sawed off tree limbs to hopscotch the voids. That game plan works for 1.5 miles. Just after 6 miles in whip out the bible and start praying. It's about 2 more miles to Roundup Basin Tank. If you are lucky you'll cross paths with a few cairns along the way. We did not witness more than a hundred yards of anything that could remotely be called a trail.

    Bell Trail #13
    Most only hike the very lower 3.3 mile portion near the creek. We tackled the middle third ( 4 to 4.5 miles ), I'd imagine only 3-5% make it here past Bell Crossing. Perhaps 1-1.12% knock out the upper third all the way to FS 214.

    From Roundup Basin Tank it's an old road for 1 mile heading down. Raiders of the Lost Cairn Hunt is back in theaters for two miles until you reach the edge overlooking Wet Beaver Creek. Albeit a steep ~1.5 miles down to Bell Crossing I highly recommend this if you enjoy sweet overhead canyon views.

    We finished off the lower portion taking in a bit of the Wier 85. It is a gem. While it lacks maples it may get a little more popular now that nearby Oak Creek has been torched. We hit up the undisclosed hidden secrets ( oops I posted a gps track ) to round out the loop.

    Fun moderate loop!

    prickly pair with yellow flowers for the most part, Palmer's Penstemon
    Bell Trail #13
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    This trail was awesome. Started early, and had cloud cover for most of the hike. Were the trail forks off at Weir Trail, continued up the side of the cliff for about another mile. The views were spectacular. Then hiked back down to Weir Trail and went down to the swimming hole. A great way to cool off. The water was chilly, but very refreshing! I will be doing this hike again for sure!
    Bell Trail #13
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    This would be my forth and final hike on a short overnight getaway. I hiked a handful of trails in Sedona and then made my way back to Phx with a quick detour to the Bell Trail. This is another trail I've always wanted to do.

    I parked and started my hike soon after. The first two miles are kind of bland as you follow an old road. The good thing is its relatively flat so you can make quick time. Eventually you reach the wilderness boundary and the trail tightens up a bit. Unfortunately there is no shade along this hike. I felt the sun bearing down. Finally I arrived at Bells Crossing and was able to cool down by the creek. Beaver Creek was cool and refreshing.

    After a short break, I was feeling spent so I headed back. The return was kind of boring. Luckily it went by fast and I made my way back to Phx. It was a great trip and I'm feeling good!
    Bell Trail #13
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    Maybe not the most scenic terrain in Arizona, but linking Long Canyon #63 with Bell #13 makes for a good workout loop, with some decent Red Rock views and an always pleasant visit to Wet Beaver Creek. Up on the mesa, the trails are obvious within a mile or two of the rim but after that they are hit and miss (mostly miss). Overall, the navigation is fairly straightforward, but inputting a few key waypoints on the GPS ahead of time will make for more confident trekking. Dropping a mountain bike at the Bell trailhead will save the mile or so road walk back to the start.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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
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