Tried to get an early start from PHX and managed to be on the trail just past 9am. High-tailed it to the crack and took a short break there before getting to the planned fun of the day exploring upstream. We were doing a little bit under 1MPH in the creek, but enjoying the numerous pools and swims. I had my trekking poles, which I would consider an absolute must for anybody trying to traverse this creek. The rocks are very slippery and it's a whole lot easier if you have the extra balance.
Keeping an eye on time and knowing we wanted to be back to the crack by dark, we reached a good spot to turn around after what was ultimately only about 2 river miles upstream. We took a few breaks along the way for food and hydration, and of course, photos.
Most of the hike back down the Bell Trail was in the dark, but somehow we managed to keep the headlamps off until about the last mile or so. Long drive back to the valley after a very satisfying day.
9:10-10:20 Bell Trail to the Crack
All day upstream
7:50-9:15 Bell Trail back to the car