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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2016
whycoyote
Hiking8.20 Miles 2,741 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
2,741 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I tagged along with my backpacking group to make this a short day hike. The trail head parking held only 2 other cars when we arrived, including some quail hunters. It was a little disconcerting to watch them head down the trail with their shotguns. The canyon didn't seem conducive to hiking and hunting, but we didn't see or hear them again.

We left the trail head about 9:30 am, the destination being a sweet camp site a little ways after the 3rd crossing. The trail starts out in a wooded area, then heads slightly uphill for a short way. Then this easy trail heads into the canyon with a straight, narrow, and flat approach to the first crossing. One of our party decided to attempt the very small log to keep his feet dry. That didn't work. If you are hiking this trail, just bring along a pair of sandals, or plan on hiking in wet boots. After the second crossing it started to rain a little, which was a nice relief as this exposed section of trail would be really hot in the direct sun. In no time we were at the third crossing, and then at camp.

My companion and I had a snack, hung around for a little, then headed back the way we came. There were more people along the creek, enjoying the sun and water, as we came back. The exposed areas were a little warmer with the sun out, but the temp was cool enough that it was still comfortable. We ended up on the "higher" trail and passed the cool rock building we did not see on the way in. Our trail following skills are obviously lacking, but it was OK since it came out in the same place.

The parking lot was packed when we arrived back at our car, with overflow onto the side of the road. We were asked several times where the "swimming hole" is. Unfortunately we weren't able to provide any information other than "the entire creek is beautiful, you'll be find wherever you end up."

This was a great ~5 mile hike. The weather was great, the little bit of rain refreshing. We saw a tarantula on the trail but no other wildlife. We finished our hike, as we do all hikes in this area, with a burger and refreshment at the Verde Brewing Company. :y: Happy trails.
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