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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
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Hiking7.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
520 ft AEG
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Met up with some folks at arizonahikers to spend some time in the water at the Tongue of the Beaver swimming pool. It is a beautiful hike especially once you start to hear the creek flow below you. It may have even been more beautiful but it was HOT out there! :sweat: Once you get to the sign indicating the trail split and start heading left up the Bell Trail, it really is a photographic gem; especially with the broken clouds and lighting changes on the way back.

Fortunately, once you get to the end of this part of the trail and make your way over some rather large rocks, you are rewarded with a beautiful natural swimming pool. I just couldn't get that circular tube blown up fast enough. While the initial chill of the water is overwhelming, like all good natural pool temps, you get accustomed to it quickly.

We didn't stay very long as a couple of us decided to hike out after only a couple hours so that we wouldn't have the pressure of having to keep up with the other much faster hikers.
On the way back, we did get about 1/2 mile of cloud cover and it was such an incredible pleasure. It gave me an opportunity to take some more photos. I had brot the old Sony so my photos aren't at the level of my current Panasonic.

Can I tell you that last mile or so, though easy, seemed like 3 miles. I am sure it also seemed longer because it was so HOT! And may I add a piece of advice, be sure and take plenty of water when it's this HOT. I was truly amazed at how many people we saw making their way on the trail around 2pm as we were coming back to the trailhead.
Afterward we had a nice late lunch/early supper at La Fonda in Camp Verde.

PS - I forgot to mention that I got completely wet, including clothes and hat before heading back. I think that made a BIG difference too.
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