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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 May 19 2018
Hiking7.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.83 mph
520 ft AEG   2 Hrs   10 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
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Took my 7-year old daughter on the hike out to The Crack today. Left Phoenix around 6:45AM and made it to TH around 8:20. Hike out to the crack took around 2 hours with frequent stops for water and the limited shade to rest. Enjoyed the crack area for a couple hours with a nice shady spot staked out on one of the lower flat rocks.

I did a few jumps from the top but my daughter just hopped in from about 6" above the surface and quickly surmised the water was too cold. Never did get her back in the water and, while she enjoyed her time at the crack, was not sufficiently cool for the hike back at 12:40PM. She was drinking plenty of water but simply overheated from the temp and the effort and not looking prepared for the 3.5 miles back to the car very early on. Ended up using my hat as bowl to soak my long-sleeved overshirt in some of my extra water supply (too far from the creek to go use that to soak at that point) and gave her that for evaporative effect and coverage from noon sun.

That did the trick and she perked up about 3 min later and finished out the final 3 miles having a series of brief but intellectually probing conversations with me on topics ranging from "Why the President's limo is called 'The Beast'" to "People falling to their death from the Horseshoe Bend overlook" to "The lady who was hiking out in front of us with her bum hanging out." Conversation kept her going and kept her upbeat. It is amazing how "we have one mile left" on the hike in when she is getting despondent can be received so differently than "just about 2 miles left" on the way out when she is upbeat and engaged.

Overall, water was cold-- very cold-- but not unpleasant (for me, at least.) Once the initial shock of the 20-foot fall and cold water subside, you regain your breath and it is really quite pleasant. The group at the crack was pretty consistent during our 2-hours there but definitely lightest when we arrived around 10:30AM. I was surprised at the number of folks still just hitting the trail or arriving to park as we were departing at 2:30. I suppose not everyone has to drive back to Phoenix at the end of the day though... lucky SOBs.

Great spot, great people, cliff jumping, cold water, red rocks--- sounds like a pretty ideal day for most Arizonans.

"Being unselfish is a natural high, like hiking or paint thinner."
- Homer J Simpson
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