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Creek to Creek, AZ
mini location map2019-06-01
8 by photographer avatarShatteredArm
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Creek to Creek, AZ 
Creek to Creek, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Jun 01 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog26.42 Miles 3,525 AEG
Run/Jog26.42 Miles   8 Hrs   48 Mns   3.00 mph
3,525 ft AEG
 
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Throughout years of exploring West Clear Creek, I've had the insanely stupid idea to try and connect Wet Beaver Creek to West Clear Creek. We finally had the opportunity to do something involving a shuttle, so we decided to go with this.

Bell Trail is mostly just used for access to the Crack, with some use up to the top of the rim. "Officially" the trail goes all the way to Roundup Basin.

We were well aware of the state of disrepair (nonexistence) of the upper reaches of Bell Trail. Along the way, we encountered a ranger, told him our plan (to finish at Bull Pen), and he basically said "you're in for an adventure." Topped off our water at the crack, as we weren't expecting to find any good water until West Clear Creek. As a side note, flash floods last winter have totally demolished a lot of the trees in that area. We had to climb over a 10-15 foot deep pile of deadfall to continue up Bell Trail.

Once on the rim, Bell Trail becomes a beat up trail with some caged cairns to help you out...for about a mile. Then it just became a cross-country trek through junipers and prickly pears, using GPS to guide us in the direction of Roundup Tank.

There is an abandoned cabin at the tank, whose entrance was being vigilantly guarded by a beautiful black-tailed rattlesnake. First time I've seen that species!

Once past the tank, we were on Jeep roads. After about a half a mile, we spotted some rock walls on a small hill to the west; we went over and checked it out - it appears to be the ruins of a Native American fort or something.

The rest of the time on the roads was uneventful, other than a split second of underattention that resulted in my taking a dive and scraping my hands and knees a bit. It's always the easy spots where you fall...

We decided we didn't like running on Cedar Flats road, so we headed off a little early, cross country, directly towards WCC trail. Once we hit the descent, I unexpectedly ran out of water, but figured the creek was just right down there... Turns out you don't hit the first creek crossing until about a mile and a half after you get to the bottom of the canyon. Seems longer than I remembered, but perhaps that's because I wasn't out of water last time...

Anyways, with the creek back into play, the last few miles were fairly enjoyable. My friends decided to finish a little faster, which allowed them to greet me with a cold beer a half mile before Bull Pen.
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