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Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
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Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ 
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
joebartels
Hiking16.94 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking16.94 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   1.98 mph
2,500 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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Up Long Canyon Trail #63
Thought it would be nice to tackle this one in enjoyable weather pre gnat invasion. The tread and route finding have changed the tune of #63 from the lullaby Ksorensen experienced in 2004. Nothing terrible, just demands your constant attention for the later 3 if not 5 miles. Breaks on the edge of the canyon would probably enhance the experience.

Junipers appeared as green as ever. Bomber cairns keep the course. As plentiful as they are twice as many would be needed to suit the occasional hiker. Bruce did a stellar job spotting shear cut branches to decipher the route at times.

Long Canyon may be interesting but you only see it at the upper shallow origin where you cross the namesake then a tributary branch.

Down Bell Trail #13
The top is a nice double track road that gives way to a cairn hunt to the tip of the peninsula mesa. Where a sign warns you about lack of use. For counter clockwise hikers the back should read congratulations, you made it. From here down the cairn hunt is over. Switchbacks down into Wet Beaver Canyon is my favorite part of the loop.

Lower Bell is a classic Arizona hike. The twist today involved four or five swift creek crossings. We aced 'em all, aka got lucky! Only 8 hikers from the Crack back to square one.

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I'll hike this loop or a variation of it again but get the feeling it might be solo...lol
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