East Clear Creek is what gets crossed in this case. It's a perennial stream that flows through a picturesque canyon and eventually ends up in the Little Colorado River. The trail that leads to the crossing drops down a gradual slope through an open forest of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak.
East Clear Creek is small, but great for wading and splashing around. A few of the deeper pools are big enough for swimming and fishing. All of them make great reflecting pools for the rock bluffs that form the canyon walls, so bring your camera.
Just above the creek you'll find the remains of an old cabin set on a rocky bench. It's hard not to imagine how enjoyable it must have been to live in such a beautiful place, with peace and quiet as big as the landscape. If that's the way you feel, you might want to give it a try, at least for a while. There are a number of backpacking campsites in the trees near the crossing.
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