Bell Trail optional connector
This trail was created to connect an "equestrian trailer parking area" to the Bell Trail along Wet Beaver Creek. The short trail was constructed in 2004 as a National Trails Day volunteer project.
Although designed to serve the horse people, the little Brockett trail provides an interesting way to begin and end hikes on the Bell #13, White Mesa #86 , Weir #85, or Apache Maid #15 Trails.
The Brockett Trail begins from an enormous graveled parking lot that is large enough to service about 20 or more horse trailer rigs. It winds pleasantly through the desert scrub brush so typical of this region. The trail rises about 150 feet in .6 mi to crest on a small saddle at the western toe of White Mesa. Here it offers a sweeping vista of the Wet Beaver Creek riparian zone. Squaw Peak and the Pine Mtn. Wildnerness can be seen on the far southwest horizon. The trail also gives a glimpse of the Southwest Academy campus and the Long Canyon #63 TH across Beaver Creek. The trail then decends about a quarter mile to connect with the Bell Trail about a half mile from the new Bell TH parking lot.
On the return trip, views from the saddle crest feature Mingus and Woodchute Mtns, Jerome, and the expansive Verde Lakebed sediments that cover the floor of this valley.
NOTES: This will be a blazingly hot trail during summer. A short distance east of the parking lot lie two sewerage settling ponds that service the old Beaver Creek Ranger Station. The trail was laid out in such a way to minimize and actually eliminate the visual presence of the ponds. The ponds and their fence are visible on only about the first .1 mile of the trail.
Cattleman Bruce Brockett helped build and manage the Beaver Creek Guest Ranch, one of the notable early resorts of the area. It eventually became Southwestern Academy. He later bought the V Bar V cattle operation and ran unsuccessfully for governor in the 1940's. He is also remembered for making pets of sick or injured cows.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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