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West Clear Creek & Blodgett Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking15.66 Miles 3,483 AEG
Hiking15.66 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   2.10 mph
3,483 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Another hike that has been on my list.

Absolutely perfect weather for this one. We did this one the recommended clockwise direction, affording us shade on the climb up and the creek for the later parts of the day.

5.85 miles gets the majority of the climbing out of the way on this one and takes you to the upper West Clear Creek Trail head. To this point all the views have been behind you. You need to remember to turn around and check out where you came from. Even the road walk up top isn't bad if you take in the scenery.

The drop into West Clear Creek gets a bit steep and loose in spots, but the views don't quit.

I had plans to do some 'splorin' up West Creek once we got to the bottom. Joey was feelin' a bit tired and really wasn't up another water hike. I kept telling him "Come on, lets see what's around that Corner", "I think I can hear another Waterfall ahead", "Look at that rock formation up there". We made it less than a quarter mile up creek. :( I'd really like to get farther up there.

We scurried back from the creek up to the trail and continued our way back. From this point you are 6.5 miles from the TH and 4 more creek crossings, none more than thigh deep. We saw our first people at the first Creek Crossing (Some Fishermen) and at every subsequent crossing the number of people increased. The Trail head and camping area was packed when we got back to the car.

I can see why the area is popular with the short hike to some swimming, a bit longer to some fishing, and plenty of places to explore and play in the water.

I'm glad I did the loop, but as others have commented, next time I'd just go farther up West Clear Creek.

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