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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver Creek
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Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2009
suzaz
Hiking9.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
520 ft AEG
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1st trip
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It was good to finally get on trail after 56 days of recovery and therapy from my torn ACL/MCL! It was probably a little sooner than my body, therapist and doctor would have liked, I had to consciously and carefully plan every step. My neuro-receptors were a little outta whack and that foot didn't always lift as high as I thought it would. It was like hiking with a low-rider leg. The knee held up pretty well considering I've only walked on flat ground up until this hike. I think the puncture wound in my shin and prickly pear in the hand made for fine distractions from any wear and tear I might have felt in my knee.

Hiking back through a handful of pools was great! I didn't know if I was going to be able to handle the slippery slime and boulder hopping but I did.....slowly.

The hike in wasn't bad but the hike out was HOT. We were hydrated, covered and cooled from the creek so we were fine. I was a little ready to vomit back at the car but managed to pull out of that feeling with some yummy salty pringles. We passed lots of folks that were clearly suffering from the heat and trying to recover in the shade of a twig...their faces were firecracker red. We handed over whatever water we could spare, hopefully they all will plan better next time. It really was too hot for dogs and too hot for most folks hiking in at 2pm when we were coming out. A better plan would be to stay tucked in the coolness of the creek and trees until the sun begins setting.

Perhaps it is a result of all of my recent couch sitting but this creek seemed to be more beautiful than ever. It was fun to hike with lots of new folks and to finally meet Angela.
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