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Calloway Trail #33, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 6,540 feet
Elevation Gain -636 feet
Accumulated Gain 700 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Author J&SHike
author avatar Guides 5
Routes 0
Photos 71
Trips 4 map ( 69 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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Preferred May, Jun, Sep, Oct → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:30am - 7:34pm
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The heart of West Clear Creek
by J&SHike

Gaining access to the trailhead is perhaps the hardest part of the Calloway Trail. Although, after descending 700 ft. in a half-mile of trail, the canyon bottom offers challenges of its own.

The Calloway Trail takes you into the central portion of West Clear Creek. Rewarding you with its twisting path downstream to serenity, solitude, and canyoneering fun. Coconino sandstone walls encase the lush canyon. The clear cold water invites only the hardiest canyoneers.

Once on the canyon floor, you will find yourself at a very shallow part of the creek. Don't be fooled, deeper water awaits downstream. Some of which can be avoided by finding the rudimentary trail that peaks out here and there. We did this as a day hike so we didn't get to go as far as we would've liked, but as for pure canyon splendor, this part of West Clear Creek Rocks!

For the hardcore adventurous types, this trailhead is a good staging point for through treks to Bull Pen or upstream to the Maxwell #37, and Tramway #32 trailheads, or even up to the headwaters of West Clear Creek, Clover Creek, and Willow Valley. Mind you you'll be out a week for either of these treks.

Canyon wildlife abounds here, supporting everything from the abundant crawdads, trout, lizards, and birds to mountain lions and bears. As with any remote canyon area be careful, rocks here are slippery. If you get injured down in here, you'll have a ways to go to get help or medical attention due to the back roads and the canyon itself. As always pack out what you pack in and pack out any garbage that you see. Please don't build fire rings and scorch the awesome Coconino sandstone like some idiot did down here and destroy fire rings if you see them anywhere. They become trash cans for more stupid people. "Boy these beer cans sure are heavier when they're empty, better leave em' here in this fire ring along with the cigarette butts so the forest service trash collection can pick it up." Enough said, have fun and take care of yourself and the canyon.

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2003-06-26 J&SHike

    Coconino FS Details
    The Calloway Trail starts at the north end of the parking area where it affords a good view into the steep-walled canyon of West Clear Creek. Some of the rock strata visible from the rim includes limestone laid when the area was covered by a shallow sea, and sandstone, the result of deposition as ocean sediment and eolian (windblown) accumulation. Notice the cross-bedding apparent in the wind-deposited sandstone. The vegetation on the north-facing slope of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, and Gambel oak stands in contrast to the vegetation on the hotter and drier south-facing slope across the canyon. Once at the bottom of the canyon, it is possible to access areas up and down stream by wading and boulder hopping. The vegetation near the creek consists of riparian species such as cattails, locust, wild grape, willow, box elder and poison ivy. Learn to identify and avoid this three-leaved plant. The creek provides habitat for suckers, blue gill, and trout.


    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
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    Location: Southeast of Flagstaff on roads that are either paved or graveled and suitable for passenger cars in most weather.

    Access: Approximately 2.5 miles north of the junction of State Routes 87 and 260, turn east onto Forest Road (FR) 144. Follow FR 144 to FR 149. Turn left on FR 149 and then left again on FR 142. Follow FR 142 for approximately 4 miles to FR 142B. Turn onto FR 142B and continue to the road's end. FR 142B is very rough and requires high-clearance vehicles and occasionally four-wheel drive to reach the trailhead.

    J&SHike writes:
    To get there pay close attention to your odometer. From I-17 at Camp Verde head east on Hwy 260 past the Bull Pen trailhead turnoff on up towards Hwy 87. Three miles before coming to Hwy 87 go left onto FR144. Follow this road 1.8 miles to the stop sign and the junction of FR149. Turn left onto FR149 and drive 1.2 miles to the junction of FR142. Turn left onto FR142 and drive another 2.8 miles to road 142B. 142B will be on your right marked by a big orange/red "B" spray-painted on an old Ponderosa pine tree. Follow this road .3 miles to a gate, once through the gate close it and proceed another 2.3 miles to the trailhead. 142B splits along the way about three times but is well marked. It's a rocky road requiring a high clearance vehicle, if muddy you might also need 4WD, but is pretty flat most of the way.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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