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Blodgett Basin Trail #31, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,589 feet
Elevation Gain 1,631 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,807 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 9.02
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7  2018-09-08
West Clear Creek Trail #17 to Maiden Falls
6  2013-05-11
West Clear Creek & Blodgett Canyon Loop
15  2013-05-11
West Clear Creek & Blodgett Canyon Loop
13  2011-08-20
West Clear Creek & Blodgett Canyon Loop
6  2008-05-31
West Clear Creek & Blodgett Canyon Loop
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Sun  6:11am - 6:31pm
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    Coconino FS Details
    You'll drop 1,700 feet in about 2.5 miles on this trail, enjoying good views of scenic West Clear Creek Canyon along the way. The trail begins on a pinyon juniper flat and switchbacks down a moderately steep slope into the canyon. The trail was constructed as a route to move cattle between seasonal pastures. It still serves that purpose, at the same time being a recreational resource for forest visitors. As you follow its winding route, you'll want to take time out from watching where you step to take advantage of the excellent view of one of the rarest habitats in the world. West Clear Creek is home to a healthy example of a desert riparian zone. Some would call it an oasis. It supports a exceptionally diverse plant and animal community. Biologists say that up to 80% of Arizona's wildlife species are dependent on this productive habitat.

    The trail arrives at West Clear Creek at an area that is popular for fishing, camping, and just plain splashing around. Another way to approach this hike is to start at the Bull Pen Ranch Trailhead and hike up the Blodgett Basin Trail for the view.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Blodgett Basin Trail #31
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    Another hike that has been on my list.

    Absolutely perfect weather for this one. We did this one the recommended clockwise direction, affording us shade on the climb up and the creek for the later parts of the day.

    5.85 miles gets the majority of the climbing out of the way on this one and takes you to the upper West Clear Creek Trail head. To this point all the views have been behind you. You need to remember to turn around and check out where you came from. Even the road walk up top isn't bad if you take in the scenery.

    The drop into West Clear Creek gets a bit steep and loose in spots, but the views don't quit.

    I had plans to do some 'splorin' up West Creek once we got to the bottom. Joey was feelin' a bit tired and really wasn't up another water hike. I kept telling him "Come on, lets see what's around that Corner", "I think I can hear another Waterfall ahead", "Look at that rock formation up there". We made it less than a quarter mile up creek. :( I'd really like to get farther up there.

    We scurried back from the creek up to the trail and continued our way back. From this point you are 6.5 miles from the TH and 4 more creek crossings, none more than thigh deep. We saw our first people at the first Creek Crossing (Some Fishermen) and at every subsequent crossing the number of people increased. The Trail head and camping area was packed when we got back to the car.

    I can see why the area is popular with the short hike to some swimming, a bit longer to some fishing, and plenty of places to explore and play in the water.

    I'm glad I did the loop, but as others have commented, next time I'd just go farther up West Clear Creek.

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    Blodgett Basin Trail #31
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    This was my first trip on Blodgett #31. It's been about 15 years since I hiked a bit of WCC #17.

    Blodgett was easy to find a short hike west of the bathrooms. The hike up offered excellent views. The trail was in better shape than I anticipated. Pants were not really necessary. Noted a lot of volcanic rock that might be tough on pooch paws.

    The road hike on top is just okay. The hike down is steep for twenty feet in the upper section #17 then it's not terrible.

    Bruce wanted to explore upstream WCC. On our first crossing I slipped and took a good hit just above my ankle. At which point I was not wanting to go upstream much. We didn't go far and in retrospect it was the best part of the day. Nice ledges, cascades and the surrounding lush environment with steep walls set the atmosphere. Bruce commented several times how the canyon at the western end of WCC is deeper than the middle or eastern end we've traveled.

    There are a few large areas of very healthy poison ivy. All are easy to bypass.

    Getting back on #17 for the westbound return a group of fishermen helped us find the trail. Reading gpsjoe's description it sounds like he had some fisherman luck too. With about 2.75 miles to go we passed and said hello to Matt and Dilip!

    Not as many people as my last experience, still plenty. This is good to visit every 10-20 years. Upper Woods Canyon or WCC Whitebox are more excitable but this is always nice.

    believe there was some larkspur and Crimson Monkey Flower among various yellows I'm clueless about
    Blodgett Basin Trail #31
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    I found this trail write up by GPSJoe and figured why not, we'll follow a loop for a good chunk of miles & AEG. We got an early start and hit the Blodgett trail. We made our up and were sweating in no time. It poured the night before and the humidity was intense! I was soaked by the time we hit the roads. From there it was easy going all the way to WCC trailhead sign off of 214A.

    We took our time descending into WCC. That portion of trail is steep with great views...not a good mix! Finally the trail levels off and we find ourselves heading down canyon parallel to WCC. We greatly picked up our pace and arrived at the 4th Creek Crossing (From Bull Pen). We crossed the creak and had our lunch. The water was so refreshing and helped reenergize myself! The rest of the hike back was a breeze.

    The Blodgett portion was a chore going up. I would only recommend it if you want the miles and a loop. The views are solid along the way. You can gaze down on WCC for just about the entire section. That was cool!

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Bull Pen Trailhead
    From Phoenix go North on Highway I-17 to the SR 260 turnoff. Follow State Route 260 East about 6 to 8 miles to the turnoff for for Bull Pen and West Clear Creek.(FR618) Follow FR618 North about 2.25 miles to turnoff for FR215. Follow FR215 East just over 3 miles to the end.

    Cars can make it, many rocky sections are better suited for high clearance.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 108 mi, 2 hours 8 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 213 mi, 3 hours 48 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 66.7 mi, 1 hour 25 min
    1 TB Flash Drive... $40
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