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West Clear Creek Trail #17 to Maiden FallsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar May 01 2020
ALMAL
Backpack21.40 Miles 1,800 AEG
Backpack21.40 Miles
1,800 ft AEG
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Dashed up to Camp Verde Friday afternoon. Headed into Bullpen to find a flurry of activity. At least 30 vehicles at 3PM on a Friday. Headed upstream and found lots of folks along the way including camped at the third and fourth crossings. I continued on until the drop zone another 45 minutes past the 4th crossing. I past a group of 4 backpackers about a quarter mile before my (our) intended campsite. Sorry guys... :D They asked me how much further to the falls and continued on upstream. Just after dark another group of 3 passed me with headlamps heading upstream.
The next morning, as I gathered my stuff and set up my fishing rod, between 8:30 and 10:30, another 35 people passed me heading for the falls. As an experienced social distancer, I decided to skip it and go fishing downstream away from the 42 people at the falls. Not to mention the 35 day hikers that have yet to pass me again heading back uphill. After dark it was quiet and really nice. Hiking out Sunday, I noticed a smoldering campfire a quarter mile below my campsite :o After the last crossing, there were hoards of people heading up to the swimming holes, some carrying coolers, others toting a pony keg. The parking area was completely overloaded, many people were blocked in, I was glad I biked in from a few miles out to avoid exactly that issue.
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