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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2011
metalmansion81
Hiking11.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.57 mph
520 ft AEG
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Took a trip out to Wet Beaver Creek last weekend with a couple of buddies. We decided to do the out and back hike described on Todd's Hiking Guide. The 4 mile hike along the Bell Trail to the Crack was much warmer than expected at 7am, so the cool water was a welcome sight! Only 3 other people at the swimming hole this early, so we hung out, did some cliff jumping and swimming before packing up and heading up creek. Lots of boulder hopping and creek crossings before getting to the mandatory wades and swims. Early on we tried to avoid getting out feet wet and scrambled around on the sandstone ledges instead. While climbing up a ledge via a tree, I slipped and banged my knee drawing first blood of the trip and leaving a nice egg sized knob for the rest of the trip. Oh well, what am I gonna do? Turn around and miss the best stuff? Onward!

We brought along inner tubes, but decided to wade or swim the first couple pools instead of lugging around the pool toys. Slipping around on the algae covered rocks became annoying quickly though, so at the Balanced Rock we inflated the inner tubes and floated the rest of the pools. Floated and hopped our way through the Supai sandstone hallways in utter amazement at the brilliant colors and layers that surrounded us. Stopped in between the 2 best hallways for lunch and let a group of around 7 pass us. One of the group told us that the narrowest section lied ahead about 20 minutes or so, but that we were in the best spot of the trip at the moment, and I couldn't agree more.

With some menacing clouds rolling in, we decided to turn around there and high tail it back to the car to avoid getting caught in any inclement weather. Took a quick dip in the pools back at the Crack, which now had close to 20 people at 3pm, and took off on the Bell Trail for the truck. Passed a few more people heading to the Crack on the way out, including some only wearing flip flops, bikinis and carrying no water, and heard many more down in the creek south of the trail. The hike out was much nicer than the hike in thanks to some nice cloud cover and those menacing dark clouds rolling in from the east.

We had a great time at Wet Beaver Creek, only saw 2 other groups once we passed the Crack and surprisingly, we did not see much trash left anywhere, although there were a more than a few places were fire rings had been built next to the rock faces leaving permanent scars on the walls. ](*,). The out and back trip was nice, but next time I would like to do the through trip or the loop with the Apache Maid trail so I can experience all that WBC has to offer.
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