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West Clear Creek Trail #17 to Maiden Falls
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West Clear Creek Trail #17 to Maiden FallsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 20 2019
ALMAL
Backpack12.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
Backpack12.00 Miles2 Days   4 Hrs      
1,800 ft AEG
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With no rain in the forecast I was able to sneak in one more trip to WCC and head to Maiden Falls. I chose the entry off of road 214 and parked by the big curve. The road to the actual trailhead is very rough. This trail is steep, has lots of loose rocks, and sun exposure almost the entire way down. Fortunately it only takes about an hour to descend. I dropped down by the little wooden thing with a tin roof, and found the flood has spared it. Heading upstream is much easier since the flood. I passed no one as I slipped into a familiar campsite upstream. The flood actually improved this spot by depositing sand in just the right spots. Into the hammock in record time too! A group of 5 came along around 2PM heading upstream. They did not make the falls and returned 2 hours later. Caught dinner right at camp. Had to battle a skunk at 2AM. There was no winner.
On Saturday, a group of 5 and a group of 2 passed my camp before I started my trek upstream. I saw 1 of 3 tarantulas on the way up. I took my time hoping others would visit and leave the falls before I arrived. With floatie in hand I arrived at the falls as the others were just leaving, perfect! Hung out for a few hours, then another group of loud young folks showed up so I left. Camp was great, the skunk came back for round 2 at night, and I never saw a cloud during the 52 hours I was there.
The hike out is just as you would expect.
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