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Wet Beaver Canyon Loop - 19 members in 35 triplogs have rated this an average 4.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 06 2019
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Bell Trail #13Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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toddak
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Took Bell up to the rim and back down, then went a couple miles up Wet Beaver Creek. On 2/14/19 the creek gage hit 10,000 CFS; the flood scoured out nearly all of the smaller trees and vegetation in this section and the debris is now piled on the upstream sides of the surviving large trees. Must've been a sight to see. The canyon is more open now and a bit easier to travel - there's still plenty of rock hopping, wading and swimming to do, but no bushwhacking. The water was clear and refreshing as usual.
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Sep 24 2016
knmurphy
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Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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knmurphy
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Dropped in Waldrop, exited at the crack. Water was pretty cold, probably a little late in the season for this trip.
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Sep 04 2016
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 Arizona
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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MountainMatt
Canyoneering6.24 Miles 1,497 AEG
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Well for starters the stats do not reflect what this little journey entailed, on paper it looks like a cake walk but in reality it was a bit more physical than what I imagined.
A 55 lbs backpack, numerous amounts of class 3 climbing, endless amounts of boulder hopping, and a few mandatory swims made this a fun and eventful trip!
Before I continue I need to add the fact I brought along two beautiful woman along this journey that I probably would have not invited if I had known what the hike truly consisted of and especially if I was aware of the fact that this was one of the ladies first backpacking trip ever! ;)
With that being said both of the ladies did absolutely incredible and thier inner Wilderness Warrior Woman came out during this trip, very proud of the two of them! It was nice having a woman's touch during a rugged backpacking trip. They built a wildflower wreath, fed me with a variety of delicious food and even tucked me in with a sleeping bag when I was taking a nap. Safe to say I was definitely enjoying thier company! :GB:

I was blown away by the beauty and size of the canyon in the particular section we were in. I'm talking massive towering cliff walls that had such a unique look to them that I even had to nickname a few! It was rather surreal upon reaching the main springs of Wet Beaver, the whole area just transforms into such a lush dense green paradise! Numerous cascades, cool deep pools and a picturesque arrangement of healthy vegetation makes it a sensory overload!

I had really had to motivate myself to wake up for sunrise photos, every part of my body wanted to stay in that tent. Taking the role as a "adventure guide" really wore me out not to mention that when we had our two mandatory swims I had two swim back and forth numerous times to put everyone's bag on my floaty. Apparently when I told the girls bring a floaty for this trip they thought it was for lounging around and relaxing and not an absolute necessity. :sweat: I guess I should have been a little more clear on that, although it was fun to watch them swim through icy cold canyon water, I called them the Wet Beaver mermaids!

The hike out was rough no other way around that, without a heavy pack all the scrambling and boulder hopping would have been much easier obviously but above all it was still enjoyable due to the scenic views and numerous dry waterfalls but yesterday they all still had a little water flow to them. Which was nice because those pools gave me an opportunity to throw my shirt into the water and splash my face with refreshment and also acted as an emergency water source in case one of us ran out since I always carry a filter. During one of our breaks of our ascent I was randomly attacked by one pissed off hornet, first stung me on my bicep and the immediately once more on the back of my ear. This was my first time being stung by one of those suckers and boy did it kind of hurt and as I type this both my bicep and ear are red, hot to the touch and swollen not to mention they both itch like crazy. Iv taken Benadryl, Ibprofuen and iced the areas but neither method seems to work at all. Anything I'm missing?
Anyway it was great to make it out of the canyon and finally walk on some flat ground after 26 hours of uneven surfaces beneath my feet. It's always a treat to see my vehicle after a day spent in the wilderness, we all enjoyed a cold celebratory brew and I sat in a random chair of an old homestead and watched the ladies dance and take pictures in the last bit of wildflowers.
Such a great weekend spent in the Wet Beaver Wilderness and a trip I'll remember forever! :)
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Aug 24 2015
ultrazona
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34 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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ultrazona
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Aug 23 2015
VolcanoCLMBR
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 Phoenix
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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VolcanoCLMBR
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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A few weeks ago Vince told me he was planning a Wet Beaver Canyon shuttle hike, the full loop is 22 miles but our plan was to drive up to Waldroup canyon and cut half the distance and do it as a day hike......so off we went. Drove up saturday evening and camped only a few minutes away from our drop zone, the entire hike was a slow going walk over boulders and plenty of swims (15+ at least). With a 620AM start it took us about 1:30 to get down to Wet Beaver.....a rather dry place but the water started coming off the ground soon after and the fun began!.....A couple years ago my friend Elliot and I did an out an back up to the narrows sections and we thought we had got a decent way up the stream.......just to come to realize yesterday that we hadnt at all. In the upper section of Wet Beaver there was signs of many crazy floods all over place,....the entire day went on rather slow and the fun continued on and on until about our 6 when i started to feel rather antsy to find out where a couple years before we had stopped. AT some point as i led the group i saw a Coatimundi down the distance minding his own business....until it saw us and went away. Later in the afternoon we started hearing sounds of thunder down the distance and we grew concerned and went on as quickly as we could passing the balanced rock and then finally onto the Crack, breathing a sigh of relief of getting out of flood danger......only to see lightning south of us. At 340PM we arrived at the TH and headed up the I-17 to pick up the other vehicle, my Mini Cooper couldnt do the last 2 miles as the FR became too rugged for my low clearance car and Vince ran the rest of the way. Made it back into town at 840PM, with sore legs, and a few scrapes on my shins that proved all the fun we had! Church was amAZing this morning!
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Aug 08 2015
Tsd906
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 Yuma
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Tsd906
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Finally the moons and planets aligned allowing my wife and I to get away without the kids so I could show her why I am always raving about how beautiful and fun Wet Beaver Creek is. We were somewhat pressed for time, so we opted for the out and back hike vs. the full loop hike. Plus I was a little unsure of how she would handle the full 22+ miles and dropping in Waldroup Canyon etc. So we car camped Friday night (enjoyed the heavy downpour and lightning :scared: ) then woke early and started off around 6am. Got to the Crack and had it to ourselves for about an hour and a half, laying around on the rocks like lazy lizards. After the first day trippers showed up, we began our boulder hopping up the canyon. Sad to see the amount of trash at the crack ](*,) We hiked 3-4 miles upstream making sure to swim the big pools then eventually turned around and returned to the camp spot up on the ledge near the huge boulder perched atop another. Woke up and hiked back out. We were on the Bell trail back to the car around 10 am and it was getting hot. Passed several groups of people with little kids who looked to have very little water with them??? Anyway, it was a great weekend to spend quality time together in one of AZ's gems!

Some gear notes (Yes I'm a gear junkie). Tested on this trip: (1) 5/10 Water tennie shoes...awesome, although nothing grips the slimy rocks, these shoes do grip better than any others I've tried. Held up very well boulder hopping and gripping other surfaces. (2) Watershed Westwater waterproof backpack...This thing is incredibly huge (I carried 99% of the gear) and water tight. When I say water tight, I mean I could have used the bag as a floatation device while completely on top of it and it stays sealed! The Ziploc type closure is incredible. (3) NRS stealth life vests...these made the longer swims very relaxing and the low profile allowed us to wear them with a back pack on over the top of the vests while boulder hopping/hiking. My wife is not as good of a swimmer as I, so she really appreciated them. Made for floating and snapping pics very easy and enjoyable too.

Forgot to mention...brought along my brand new GoPro that I got for father's day...forgot it in the car. :tt:
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Jul 17 2015
knmurphy
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 Chandler, AZ
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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knmurphy
Canyoneering14.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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My favorite summer trip. 22 swims on the second day.
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Jul 04 2015
HandsomeRob
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 Tucson, az
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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HandsomeRob
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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I wish the camera didn't get wet, lost all but 1 photo
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Aug 16 2014
VolcanoCLMBR
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 Phoenix
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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VolcanoCLMBR
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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It was one hot day at Wet Beaver Wilderness, lucky for us the plan was to go explore beyond the crack and continue up the stream where its pretty isolated. The water temperatures were perfect for the warm day above the trees, we made it a bit passed the balanced rock which was our lunch spot, jumped into the water and swam around for a while before heading back.
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Tsd906
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Tsd906
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Yep, I just can't stay away from this place. Brought some friends from work to share this special place and they brought their sons. We parked at the top of Waldroup Canyon and car camped Friday night. Began the descent around 7 am on Sat, and camped creekside about halfway down the main canyon around 5pm. Finished up around 2 pm on Sunday at the Crack. The Crack was super busy, probably about 30-40 people. We had pre-staged our other vehicle at the Bell TH so we packed in and made our way back up to the top of Waldroup where we ran into a group of ladies who had just hiked out of Waldroup and were searching for their car... :-k hmmm? We offered our help, but they swore they would be ok.

Weather was great Sat and Sun, with threatening clouds overhead Sun evening as we left. The drive south and west through Phoenix was treacherous with all that rain.

Already planning my next one here and a section of WCC soon. :y:
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Jul 25 2014
Tsd906
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Tsd906
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering22.00 Miles2 Days         
3,000 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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So my first attempt at WBC was with my Dad in June. We parked at the top of Waldroup Canyon and hiked down into the main canyon camping after just two of the swims at the campsite just below the waterfall. We camped and exited back out the way we came as his legs were not feeling up to the task of going further down. The hike back out of Waldroup really did him in.

I returned this weekend to do the loop hike solo. Started Friday morning at @ 5:40 am and made it to the top of Waldroup canyon by 10am. It got a little hot up top especially traversing the left shoulder of Hog hill. I began with 100oz/3 liters of water in my bladder and a Smart Water bottle filled with coconut water/water mix. By the time I reached the first spring feeding WBC, I was out of water. Next time I will bring a little bit more water and suck up the weight penalty. Dropping down Waldroup canyon is always fun with the 6+ drops/waterfalls (Dry). Thanks to whoever left the rope at the middle/big drop. I lowered my pack on that one, but traversed all the others normally.

Once in the main canyon the first water shows up about 1/4 mile down and then your first swim as the water is enclosed on both sides by rock cliffs, like a hallway. This pool was pretty chilly, but man did it feel good in this July heat. I'm going to guess at temps up top ~100 and down in the canyon ~85...again just a guess. The main canyon is filled with about ~20 spots requiring swimming, so I was wet pretty much the entire time. I reached my campsite at around 2pm and set up my hammock/tarp, and just relaxed after pushing it a little too hard/fast in the heat. Thunderstorms rolled in around 7:30 pm and kind of concerned me, but no rain other than a very brief/light sprinkle that lasted about 10 min. Pretty warm all night with the exception of early morning and it got down to maybe 70...guessing.

Next morning I got up, still feeling the lingering effects of pushing myself in the heat the day prior. After getting packed up I pushed on down the canyon planning on going as far as I could and camping one more night. As I continued down, swim after swim, I noticed I was able to just push on through to the end. So I just decided to go all the way out without stopping for the second night. In hindsight, I should have stayed one more night to relax and enjoy it a little more.

The pools/swims down toward the end start to become more red/supai rock and very impressive for you photog types. Amazing views! I ended up finishing at the Crack and ran into some tourists in dire need of water as they had brought little with them and drank it all. I filtered some for them and then hiked out with them to the parking lot at the trailhead. Made it to the car at 7pm. All in all a great hike. Like I said I think next time it will be a 3 day hike for me and I will take it a bit easier on day one, so as not to over do it in the heat.

I brought a Intex inflatable tube (Think inner tube) and a swim noodle as a back up. I would sit in the tube with my pack in my lap and basically backstroke. After learning how to get in it with my pack (first time was a disaster) it got easier. My pack was lined with dry bags and then doubled bagged with a large contractor trash bag. I liked using the tube, however, inflating and deflating got old and at times I left it inflated, but traversing the canyon (Boulder hopping), through tree branches without puncturing it was very challenging and slow going. The tube made it, :y: and now that I know where the swims are located, next time should be easier as I'll be able to stow it away when I know the next swim is a ways off.

Camp sites level for tents are few so I would recommend hammocks in this canyon.
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Apr 19 2013
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 Flagstaff,AZ
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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Headed down to PHX from Flag, got off the I-17 and hiked and relaxed by the water for a few hours. Best way to spend a Friday morning.
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JoelHazelton
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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JoelHazelton
Canyoneering12.40 Miles 700 AEG
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
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We didn't do the entire loop; rather, an out and back from the Bell Trailhead to the narrows. Amazing adventure!
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Jun 16 2012
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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chumley
Canyoneering12.40 Miles 750 AEG
Canyoneering12.40 Miles   12 Hrs   5 Mns   1.64 mph
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Tried to get an early start from PHX and managed to be on the trail just past 9am. High-tailed it to the crack and took a short break there before getting to the planned fun of the day exploring upstream. We were doing a little bit under 1MPH in the creek, but enjoying the numerous pools and swims. I had my trekking poles, which I would consider an absolute must for anybody trying to traverse this creek. The rocks are very slippery and it's a whole lot easier if you have the extra balance.

Keeping an eye on time and knowing we wanted to be back to the crack by dark, we reached a good spot to turn around after what was ultimately only about 2 river miles upstream. We took a few breaks along the way for food and hydration, and of course, photos.

Most of the hike back down the Bell Trail was in the dark, but somehow we managed to keep the headlamps off until about the last mile or so. Long drive back to the valley after a very satisfying day.

9:10-10:20 Bell Trail to the Crack
All day upstream
7:50-9:15 Bell Trail back to the car

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Wet Beaver Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Didn't go to the springs upstream, but as always, Wet Beaver Creek was flowing nicely, providing ample opportunities for swimming and wading (and filtering).
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Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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Karl said the last time he was down in Wet Beaver Creek was in 1999, and he wanted to go back and check things out. We parked at the top of Waldroup Canyon and our objective was to get to the first swimmer of Wet Beaver Creek.

Did it really take 2 1/2 hours to go one mile?!? I really need to work on my canyon skills! There were two sections that I knew I could get down, the problem was making an appropriate decision on whether I could climb back up. Well, if I pull and Karl pushes, I should be able to do it. :)

We waded across the first pool with water up to our knees, and then we got to the second, that was going to be a full swim. It was just a little bit too cold. But we had made our objective.

We came across a snake on the way out. Karl says "there is a saying about red then yellow and your a dead fellow or something like that." Ok, well Google doesn't work down here, so lets just wait for the snake to move on!

I can't wait to go back and do it as a backpack and go through the deeper pools.
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toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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toddak
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Cool to cruise this loop as a monster day hike, light and fast, dawn to dusk. Roughly 3.5 hours to the head of Waldroup, another hour to the springs, 7 tough hours along the creek, 1.5 back to the trail head. Gorgeous as always, the water was a bit chilly but the warm air temps made it tolerable.
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Jun 18 2011
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knmurphy
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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drewboy
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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We did this as an overnight backpack, shuttling up to Waldroup Canyon and exiting at Bell trailhead. What an amazing adventure! Spotted several rattlers along the way. I'm estimating that we had 20 swims from top to bottom. The weather and temp was just about perfect. Didn't see another soul until just before the big swimming hole down at the bottom. There are no easy miles inside that canyon. Beautiful scenery throughout.
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toddak
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toddak
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering22.00 Miles   17 Hrs      1.29 mph
3,000 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Always great to visit this fantastic canyon. Blessed with good cloud cover all the way up and across the mesa, some good thunder with a little evening rain and perfect refreshing spring water in the creek. Added a GPS route for the Apache Maid trail to the head of Waldroup Canyon.
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Jul 18 2009
toddak
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toddak
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering22.00 Miles   18 Hrs      1.22 mph
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Got a crack-of-dawn start to try and beat the heat, mountain biking the first 2 miles of the Bell Trail to save a little time. Was able to get up Apache Maid, across the mesa, down Waldroup and to the springs in about 6 hours. Navigation across the mesa was straightforward, with mostly obvious trails/roads and lots of cairns. Finding the head of Waldroup Canyon was the only small difficulty - pass Waldroup Tank and hike clear across the valley/meadow below to the far (southeast) corner and it becomes obvious.

Once into the wet section the pace slows considerably, but there's no reason to hurry through this wonderland anyway! Camped a few miles downstream of the springs after a gentle thundershower, then spent the next morning enjoying the bulk of the many fantastic swim pools. Perfect water temp, and it may even be clearer than West Clear Creek! Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and eventually the signs of "civilization" reappear. But the magic of Wet Beaver Creek won't fade.
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