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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 15 2019
ALMAL
Backpack7.90 Miles 182 AEG
Backpack7.90 Miles
182 ft AEG
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With temps pushing into the 80's I was able to sneak in one last (maybe not) trip to WCC for some relaxing camping and fishing.
I biked in again from the Bullpen turnoff, as I have grown fond of this approach. Parking the bike just before the first crossing is a nice way to go. I passed 2 fishermen on their way out at the 1st crossing. They told stories of trout caught on Panther Martin spinners and cooked over an open fire for lunch. They were using the right lures so I think they were legit. A lone tent was pitched just before the first crossing, probably a placeholder. Just past the 2nd crossing I found a familiar campsite open so I snagged it. After dark Friday evening, I spotted a fire and headlamps directly across the creek and up near the top of the ridge, can't imagine what folks were doing up there?
Saturday was spent working the stream banks between the 2nd and 3rd crossing. Many pan sized Rainbows were caught and released. I prefer Rooster Tails over Panther Martin spinners. 1/16 oz., gold blade, brown or orange, catch em all day long. The nice big campsite just past the 3rd crossing was empty. I saw some impressive piles of flood debris. I followed the creek back to my camp and found a group of 4 with two tents setup only maybe 30 yards upstream from my campsite. Geez, really? This entire expanse of a creek and you have to camp so close I can hear you cough? Luckily they were not up late and I packed up and left Sunday before they woke up.
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