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Bruce Brockett Trail, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,069 feet
Elevation Gain 128 feet
Accumulated Gain 128 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.28
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5  2007-01-29 kevin1959
Author montezumawell
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Trips 36 map ( 109 miles )
Age 74 Male Gender
Location Montezumawell, AZ
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Sun  6:14am - 6:25pm
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Bell Trail optional connector
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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 serve 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 0.6 mi to crest on a small saddle at White Mesa's western toe. Here it offers a sweeping vista of the Wet Beaver Creek riparian zone. Squaw Peak and the Pine Mountain Wilderness 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 descends 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 covering the floor of this valley.

This will be a blazingly hot trail during summer. A short distance east of the parking lot lie two sewage settling ponds that service the old Beaver Creek Ranger Station. The trail was laid out in such a way to minimize and eliminate the visual presence of the ponds. The ponds and their fence are visible on only about the first 0.1 miles 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 1940s. He is also remembered for making pets of sick or injured cows.

** 2018
The man himself wrote HAZ that he led groups constructing the trail and trailhead. Stating it took more than one day to complete. He used to work at BCRD & lived at Beaver Creek for 17 yrs. Worked on most trails in the now Red Rock Ranger District from 1988-2005.

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2004-11-13 montezumawell

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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
    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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