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East Clear Creek, AZ
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East Clear Creek, AZ 
East Clear Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2021
chumley
Hiking6.87 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.87 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   1.30 mph
1,500 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
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During a camping weekend in the area, we opted to check out an offtrail route I threw together to take advantage of the drastically low levels in the reservoir and enjoy seeing what the East Clear Creek canyon looked like before the dam was built.

What was once a rugged, rocky canyon similar to others nearby has been transformed over the years, filled with sediment from annual runoff resulting in a smooth, flat bottom and easy hiking. Two years of low water has allowed that sediment to sprout with grass and wildflowers, a striking contrast to the surrounding Coconino sandstone canyon walls.

The full-length of the Rock Xing Trail is easily hiked from end-to-end, no longer split into three sections by the fake lake, but featuring a little more AEG from the two crossings since the water level is 70 feet below full pool.

At the east end of the lake, some water remains, which provided a nice respite as we were able to enjoy some quality swim time.
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