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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver Creek
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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2013
Jonnybackpack
Hiking7.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
520 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Night one was ruined by road closures, so car camping was in a spot not far off of Dry Creek Road. Just wasn't feeling it for the area like I used to 10 years ago (being that it's now luxury homes, golf courses, and escalades driving around), so early day 2 I snagged a photo of Secret Canyon and decided to head to Wet Beaver Wilderness and explore. Saw a few cars in the parking lot, and most of them were heading out while we hiked in. The Crack may be all the rage in the summer but its desolate in the winter. Swimming with fizzy yellow beer and floating around doesn't appeal to me, like snow on the ground and rushing creeks all to myself. This place is a playground for guys like me. This was my first time to the area, and the crack was , IMO, well... your average swimming hole. Upstream is a different story! So pristine and wild the way I like it. My cousin Geoffrey is normally low key, but he was pretty excited to find a 10 foot waterfall flowing from a side canyon a short ways past the crack. To sunny to photo the falls, we HAD to press on up this side canyon. Mind you, I brought my 13 lbs Schnauzer and everything needs to be plotted out more carefully with her. She was up to the task (with a little human intervention at times), and we had a blast exploring this canyon. We got back 1/5-3/4 miles-ish and hit a ledge that would be difficult even without a dog and a camera. So, we swam the 15 foot pool in frigid snow melt water deep in a canyon with little sun. It was a great experience to say the least. My dog even braved the cold water and made it across with a smile. Up the canyon, it is beautiful but the flow turned to a trickle and we decided back to the main creek. I went upstream to the first swimmer and couldn't stand the thought of returning, however, still wet and cold from the first swim, I returned back to my hiking mates who were basking on cliffs in the 4 o'clock sun that was just about to leave this canyon in the shadows. Water fall photog shoot time! After that we headed out into the setting sun and had a imperial stout or two and headed back to the valley. Another good day exploring AZ :D
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