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Jun 11 2011
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Pleasant area as always. My first time on Maxwell. Started out in the warmest 55 degrees I ever recall, must have been bone dry out. Had a couple good chats with a guy named Mike and his buddy. Skipped rocks for a while. Bruce did some cold water wading. No Brown-Eyed-Susans yet, probably a month away.
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This one has been on my "Wish List" for some time now. I don't have a clue what took me so long to do it.

The 1.7 mile road walk, from the intersection where is splits to go to Maxwell (FR 81E) and Tramway (FR693) is a good warm up for the climb down. We opted to start on the Tramway trail.

It is quite the site to walk the relatively flat FR 693 and to have it end in what appears to be a straight down 800' drop. The views from up here are awe inspiring. It was quite steep and loose in spots going down, but not too bad. I got to hear the story of Joe's last experience on this trail on the way down. The creek at the bottom was quite a site. It was very lush and quiet down there (Other than my hiking partner). We passed up 3 groups camping on the way over to the Maxwell trail area. None of them were serving breakfast anymore. :(

We pushed past the Maxwell turn a bit to try and get into Willow Canyon. I went to go through a mandatory 30yd wade up to my waist and lost the feeling of everything below the waist :o . We decided it best to not go and further and found a nice spot for lunch.

The hike up Maxwell was a lot less steep than the Tramway trail.

This is not a mileage buster hike, but there are a lot of great areas down in that canyon to explore. It's still on my list for further exploration.
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Aug 14 2010
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The bushwhack into the drainage is brutal but short, once in the bottom the going gets much easier. Great water in the creek, a bit cold on the swims but great for wading. Hiked up to the east rim via a cairned use trail (aka Flatrock Tank trail) at the top of the second straightaway that meets the rim at the end of FR9399S - steep and loose but not too crazy. Also did the Tramway Trail.
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Aug 07 2010
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Hike with ABC lead by te-wa. Rained on us a little as we hiked upsteam to the campsite. Did some exploring up Willow Canyon. Next time I wanna see some petroglyphs!
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Aug 07 2010
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Followed Te-Wa into West Clear Creek to find some primo good camping spots below the rim. Of course, being a Te-Wa trip, it rained. I took a couple of slippery rocks and ended up quite wet for the whole first day, so at least I didn't have to worry about hiking with my umbrella.

It was a fantastic trip, the canyon was unbelievably lush and beautiful...though the verdant growth did make hiking much more challenging. I think if it had been sunny and warm the first day, I might have explored more. As it was, however, I just looked at the deep pools that we would need to ford to continue past narrower parts of the canyon and I just said "eh". Definitely want to come back when I've got more time, and more sunshine!

Water temps were perfect, though, and when the sun came out on Sunday, it was heaven down there. It's a long drive from Tucson, but well worth it. Just as scenic as West Fork Oak Creek, but nowhere near as many people!
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Jul 16 2010
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Great 3day trip with my dad, sister, and her friend Kurt.

Had planned on dropping in at the Maxwell tank, but we couldnt find the trail down, so we went over to Maxwell trail instead and cut our losses. Thankfully we had camp set up by 2pm friday because once the rain started falling it didnt stop until about 7pm that evening.. It was nice chilling in the hammock under the tarp and relaxing as it rained, but it also made me a bit stir crazy.. Luckily the clouds broke saturday morning by about 10am and we got everything dried out, did some exploring and hiking up and down the canyons as well as a bit of swimming..

As for the directions in, FR81 is actually closer to 7 miles in off of Lake Mary Rd. And i would def not recommend taking a car, we didnt, but there are some decent size rocks on the road about 3 miles out from the TH that im pretty sure most cars wouldnt be able to negotiate.
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Jul 16 2010
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Best camping trip I've ever had. We lived out of our backpacks for 3 days! Thank you Berk, Steve, and Miss Forbesy :)
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This would be my first trip into WCC. I was headed to the Maxwell Trail but was coming in from the north heading south on Lake Mary road. I mistakenly turned right on FR 81A instead of going another mile to FR 81. This cost me a couple of hours driving around on horrible roads that were not marked. I made it back to LMR and went a little further and found FR 81 and turned right. The big sign for WCC helped. This road was much better but still a bit rough in spots. I drove all the way to about 1/4 mile from the trailhead and parked. There is plenty of room to park in this area and I did not need 4 wheel drive to get there. Be careful though in a hard rain. I could see where this road could get really bad and really muddy!

I was planning an overnight into the canyon really to just explore and do some fishing. I finished loading my backpack, logged in at the trailhead, and started an immediate descent. The trail is pretty steep but has a lot of switchbacks. I only had to use my hands in a few spots to negotiate over a boulder or log or two. It took me about 45 minutes to reach the creek. I found a good campsite about 100 yards downstream and set up right away. It was a Tuesday in April so I expected to have the place to myself and I did. After lunch I broke out the flyrod and began to work my way upstream. I caught several small rainbows that looked like they were streambred. Later that afternoon I walked downstream a ways and caught a few more trout, all small although a lost a 12-14 inch fish on a #18 olive bead head nymph. The trail is intermitent at best in this area and several creek crossings are necessary if you want to cover any ground. Crossing the creek is no problem here and shallow spots can be found.

Firewood was plentiful and it didn't get too cold that night. The next morning I fished for a couple of more hours. I wanted to explore further downstream thinking that bigger fish might be found there. Instead, I called it a day, packed up, hiked out, and went to Horton Creek to camp and fish for some stockers in Tonto Creek. The next time I come to WCC I'm going to bring water shoes. Boots are not the best thing for walking up and down the creek unless you don't mind wet boots.
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Jun 20 2009
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Down to the creek. Did some exploring upstream. Slippery rocks.
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Jun 13 2009
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Clover Creek CanyonPayson, AZ
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Well I was looking for a way to access upper WCC this summer with just my car and then toddak posted this timely trail writeup. :bigth: I've done that Willow Valley a few times, but I always wondered what WCC's other drier fork would be like to hike. I left work around noon on Friday and drove north to the FR142/AZ87 junction and parked at that small parking lot just off of the highway to save some wear on my car and just hiked the half mile up the meadows and over the ridge to the TH. From there it's just as the writeup describes with an easy old road to hike at first as it snakes around, then a couple miles in it narrows up a bit with some small pools/rock hopping/log jams for a few miles, and then it dries up and gets easier again for another mile until it reaches Tom's Creek. It was around 7pm when I reached that confluence (took about 3.5 hours to hike thus far) and decided to take advantage of the good camping spots instead of pushing on to the WCC confluence. :zzz: After a pleasant night of camping, I packed up and continued on a couple more hours down the last few miles of Clover. That last stretch of hiking was only moderate with mostly dry boulder hopping, only a handful of logs to get around, and some pleasant strolls along the small creek. I found another great camping spot just at the end of Clover at the confluence with WCC and dropped my camping gear there to be my base camp for the weekend. With just my waterproofed gear for water hiking, I continued up that scenic Willow Springs a few miles to the 'springs' that the creek flows from and ate lunch and enjoyed the beautiful day in that amazing canyon. I took a short creekside nap before heading back and since it had warmed up nicely, I swam the few optional swimmers on the way downstream. :GB: I got to camp late in the afternoon and had some time to burn, so I checked out the bottom of that Shamrock Canyon nearby, gathered some firewood to make a fire, and read a few magazines better turning in for the night. If Saturday was my day to relax, then Sunday was definitely the day to get my butt kicked... :sweat: Sunday morning, I woke up early again with the sun and hit WCC downstream a few miles going past Maxwell, Tramway, a short into the echo chamber of Sundance Canyon, 142E trail, and then took a short sidetrip up the bottom of Bear Canyon before heading back upstream. I passed a good dozen good campsite in those few miles and about half of them were filled on this 'busy' weekend. On the way back, I also verified the locations of those 142E & Tramway trails by hiking up them briefly since I haven't hiked down them yet but wanted to make sure I knew where they were in case I needed to bail on them during future WCC trips. 8) I got back to my camp at the Clover/WCC/Willow Valley confluence around 1pm and loaded my camping gear up for the hike out up Clover. I was starting to drag those few miles up to the Tom's Creek confluence and decided to experiment with a potentially shorter more direct route up Tom's Creek and then bushwhack it up and over to FR142. I figured if Tom's Creek was technical I would have heard about it by now or read about it in Todd's book... :lol: I stuck to that windy creek about a mile before finding a bushy hikeable side canyon full of fallen trees that was heading in the direction I needed to hit that forrest road. It was a little steep, but I kept pushing up to the ridge, got a GPS lock, headed in the direction of my car, and shortly ran into that FR142 following it a couple miles to AZ87 and my car. :sweat: It ended up being about two miles shorter and saved me another two hours of tiring canyon hiking. Yet another great adventure into WCC for an amazing 2.5 day trip... :D
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Jun 05 2009
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Haven't been down this way for about 15 years. I saw that there was a petroglyph panel in another triplog, so I needed to take a look. This is a very impressive petro and picto site. There are hundreds more I didn't post. The trail, both down and up, really gets the heart pumping. 1/2 hour down (.7 miles) and 80 minutes up the 700 feet. I must look pathetic--stopping to pant regularly! The hiking poles seem to be a staple for me now. The thunderstorms held off, and I only got 5 mosquito bites!
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My second backpack and the first time I've had inclement weather on a hike this year... however, the inclement weather didn't stick around too long. Other than discovering the night before that I had the wrong size backpack (per the recommendation of the incorrect measurements [-X I got from REI), I tried to make the pack as comfortable as possible for our steep decline to West Clear Creek. And steep is definitely the operative word. It didn't seem so bad at the time but I wasn't thinking, oh yeah, we gotta come back up that :sweat: . YIKES!

The creek and canyon area are quite beautiful indeed; lush and incredibly GREEN! So off we went up the creek (and yes, a paddle would have been nice about 1/2 way through) crossing back and forth a couple times but mostly keeping to the east side. The hike description said there may be a wet crossing along the way but waist deep wasn't insinuated... or was it :doh: One person dipped her camera and several of us got the bottom of our packs wet. On the way back, one person about went in twice and he also dunked his camera. I guess there's nothin' like swimmin' with the crawfish. (Kat, I stayed upright :) )

We set up our tents/hammocks scattered under the trees and had a campfire out on the sand bar where someone had set up a nice fire ring and had actually created two rock chairs too. We then went exploring a little side canyon as the clouds, thunder and lightning rolled in. And not more than about 1/2 hour later, we heard the rush of the wind and then the rain came down. It didn't last long. I used my weather skills to predict sunshine at 5PM. We got our sun at about 4:40 and were able to enjoy our environs for the rest of the day including taking in the beauty of the canyon walls, watching the many swallowtails who entertained us and the frogs who serenaded us.

It was a chilly nite in my new tent so I had to add an extra layer of clothing and then I was fine. All of my new equipment seemed to work well except firing up the stove took me three tries 'til I got it right. I have to say, as I said a couple times on this trip, "It seems everything with backpacking is so involved". :-({|= Ken will vouch for me on that. ;)

We left our campsite at around 9:30 AM on Sunday and were back at the trailhead around 11 AM. This time we avoided the waist deep water and only got wet to the tops of our legs. It was a tough haul out of the canyon, but fortunately not very long. It's one of those trails where you think you are almost at the top because you seem closer to the sky only to be fooled by another switchback. :-({|=

I met a few new people and some of the people from this site and other sites. Thanks to ABC and Te-Wa for putting this together. I have to say, I haven't met a person through this site and other sites that hasn't been totally delightful, supportive and willing to help. Oh, and a sidenote: "Chris, I have some shoes to match that fuschia outfit you have :GB: "
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May 30 2009
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Much thanks to Te-wa for a top notch adventure along one of Arizona's finest high country streams!

It was a beautiful day and we got to meet Kurt & Sally and Anne and Angela and Tim for the first time. All super fun people to hike with..

We got a little wet wadeing waist deep at points..
Poor Anne got her camera wet on the way and it died.
But not to be out done I accidentally slipped and got my Canon G9 wet on the way out and now it is an EXPENSIVE paper weight too.. Is there a shrine for hikers cameras that die?

Still, it was a great event. Plus now I have a good excuse to upgrade to a Canon G10 :D


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Sep 28 2008
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This was a nice loop to do during the warm weather. Nice flow in WCC.
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This is a must hike for anyone who loves perennial water and riparian zones. As far as lush vegetation, there is almost nothing that can touch it in Az. As far as clear water, only Fossil Springs and maybe Havasupi are better. The hike is short and sweet and not much to mention, but West Clear Creek is the story here. It took me 15 min. going down and 28 min coming up. I have done Maxwell and Calloway and I much prefer Maxwell. Tramway is just to the west and can create a great loop hike. Calloway is farther to the west, much harder to get to (the road goes at crawling speeds for nearly an hour), and the canyon seems to be shallower and wider down there. You don't get the closed in feeling of towering walls that you do in the center. I stayed overnight and it rained some. Campsites are pretty easy to find and most seem to be above flashflood levels. It says there are fish, but I have never seen any in this area of the canyon. The temperature was great but I wish it was a bit warmer for getting in the cold water. Didn't run into any animals, but I bear bagged my food just in case. The road is fine when it is dry until the last mile when it gets a little rugged. I left when it was a bit soupy and needed 4 wheel drive until I was half way out. Make sure your vehicle has some clearance.
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Beautiful as ever... We hiked down and camped across the creek at that first bend. After setting up camp, we hiked downstream a bit but she wasn't enjoying the slippery creek too much. :? We got sprinkled on a bit, but it cleared up by the evening, stayed warm by the fire, and hiked out early the next morning. I can't wait to go back and do more creek hiking... :D
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Aug 16 2008
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My wife and I hiked this today, I like the veiws better than the Tramway. Campers were fishing, had a nice fire going and one group camped right on the trail! What's that about? Anyway nice end to a nice day. I was hoping to see Te-Wa but no such luck.
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I had to work Saturday morning and needed to get back in town by Sunday afternoon, so I did something I normally don't and made an overnighter of this loop. I could only bring so much camping gear due to the swimmers, so sleeping was a tad uncomfortable but other than that this place was as beautiful as ever. I even saw a small bear in the drainage on the way into Willow Valley. :D
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Oct 16 2007
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Fall colors seem to be at their optimum and the weather was in the 60s with clear blue sky. Sun helped to bring out the best of the colors - I've posted some pics. Went about 1/4 mile upstream & 3/4 mile downstream before deciding to try fly fishing in some of the pools. Caught several bushes and a few branches - all above the legal limit but we left them anyway. Road FR 81 & 81E are still well marked and good except the last two miles remain rough. Used 4WD through one deep mud puddle about 1/2 mile from TH. Someone who came in after we did, left their pickup just short of that mud puddle and walked the remainder of the road to the TH. This is one of the most serene and beautiful places to which we have hiked. Oops, forget I said that - everyone stay away, lest it get over-run like Fossil Creek.
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