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Mar 23 2019
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ 
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
joebartels
Hiking16.94 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking16.94 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   1.98 mph
2,500 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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Up Long Canyon Trail #63
Thought it would be nice to tackle this one in enjoyable weather pre gnat invasion. The tread and route finding have changed the tune of #63 from the lullaby Ksorensen experienced in 2004. Nothing terrible, just demands your constant attention for the later 3 if not 5 miles. Breaks on the edge of the canyon would probably enhance the experience.

Junipers appeared as green as ever. Bomber cairns keep the course. As plentiful as they are twice as many would be needed to suit the occasional hiker. Bruce did a stellar job spotting shear cut branches to decipher the route at times.

Long Canyon may be interesting but you only see it at the upper shallow origin where you cross the namesake then a tributary branch.

Down Bell Trail #13
The top is a nice double track road that gives way to a cairn hunt to the tip of the peninsula mesa. Where a sign warns you about lack of use. For counter clockwise hikers the back should read congratulations, you made it. From here down the cairn hunt is over. Switchbacks down into Wet Beaver Canyon is my favorite part of the loop.

Lower Bell is a classic Arizona hike. The twist today involved four or five swift creek crossings. We aced 'em all, aka got lucky! Only 8 hikers from the Crack back to square one.

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I'll hike this loop or a variation of it again but get the feeling it might be solo...lol
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Mar 23 2019
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Long Wet Beaver - Bell, AZ 
Long Wet Beaver - Bell, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.62 Miles 2,966 AEG
Hiking16.62 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   1.99 mph
2,966 ft AEG      58 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
Starting at the Long Canyon TH, CCW is the way to tackle this loop.. You get the majority of the climbing out of the way from the get go, you get some nice views up top and hit a old cattlemans/hunting cabin. A GPS track and a good cairn-eye is helpful up top, until you reach your drop to Wet Beaver Creek. We lost the cairns 6 miles in, roughly the same place as the last time we hiked this.

We kicked up 6 big bull elk and a large Jack Rabbit between the cabin and the drop from the rim.

The drop from the rim down to Wet Beaver Creek, begins the real fun and views. We could hear the roar of the water from up top, before we could see it.

When we got to the creek, last time it was an easy bolder hop across. Evident here, and for the rest of the hike, there had been quite the flood event earlier. Before we could even get to the creek, we had to get through the remnants of the flood. The creek water was much higher and faster than the last time we were here 5 years ago. This was the first of 4 crossings, two of which we could only practice safety second.

There was a handful of "Hikers" that came in from the Bell Trailhead and were hanging around "The Crack".

One of my favorite spots on this hike, is the wide red rock area, that usually has a comparative trickle going through. This time we could not cross without getting wet.

[ youtube video ]

Just about perfect weather....
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Aug 05 2017
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Walker Basin Trail #81Camp Verde, AZ
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toddak
Hiking20.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
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Workout day, up to the mesa and back down on four trails. Wanted to do a fifth mesa climb on Bell but WBC was raging from overnight rains, un-crossable.
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Jan 20 2017
toddak
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Bruce Brockett TrailCamp Verde, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 20 2017
toddak
Hiking20.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles   9 Hrs      2.22 mph
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Started out on the short & sweet BB trail, then up Bell and back down Long. Snow, rain, mud and more mud.
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Nov 18 2016
HikingBuddy
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 Peoria, AZ
Wet Beaver Creek to Crack, AZ 
Wet Beaver Creek to Crack, AZ
 
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HikingBuddy
Hiking7.14 Miles 629 AEG
Hiking7.14 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   1.67 mph
629 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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This was a pleasant hike with a couple of friends along Wet Beaver Creek to gauge station/weir then back to Bell trail to the "crack". Still lots of fall color but obvious from all the leafs on the ground and a few bare trees that winter's around the corner. Water flow/level was down but should be real good after rain last couple days.
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May 24 2014
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ 
Long Canyon - Bell Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 24 2014
joebartels
Hiking17.70 Miles 2,860 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   9 Hrs   44 Mns   2.11 mph
2,860 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
Bruce engineered this seemingly obvious yet rarely traveled loop. Aside from a couple hours of vicious biting gnats I enjoyed the hike. The stats are reasonable. Route finding even with monster sized caged cairns is challenging for miles. I doubt this loop will appeal to casual hikers.

Long Canyon Trail #63
Climbs vigorously up to a mesa. Look back to catch some nice views heading up. Our view included smoke over Sedona and hanging low in the Verde Valley from the Slide Rock Fire. The first 2.5 miles is medium intriguing. Then it turns into an ever increasingly challenging cairn hunt. Typical Sedona mesa zone... junipers dot the rocky ankle buster landscape with prickly pair accents.

At 4.5 miles a sharp canyon edge intrigues dazed eyes. Distant Sedona views open up. This is where it turns into advance route finding. Caged cairns continue. Keep an eye out for sawed off tree limbs to hopscotch the voids. That game plan works for 1.5 miles. Just after 6 miles in whip out the bible and start praying. It's about 2 more miles to Roundup Basin Tank. If you are lucky you'll cross paths with a few cairns along the way. We did not witness more than a hundred yards of anything that could remotely be called a trail.

Bell Trail #13
Most only hike the very lower 3.3 mile portion near the creek. We tackled the middle third ( 4 to 4.5 miles ), I'd imagine only 3-5% make it here past Bell Crossing. Perhaps 1-1.12% knock out the upper third all the way to FS 214.

From Roundup Basin Tank it's an old road for 1 mile heading down. Raiders of the Lost Cairn Hunt is back in theaters for two miles until you reach the edge overlooking Wet Beaver Creek. Albeit a steep ~1.5 miles down to Bell Crossing I highly recommend this if you enjoy sweet overhead canyon views.

We finished off the lower portion taking in a bit of the Wier 85. It is a gem. While it lacks maples it may get a little more popular now that nearby Oak Creek has been torched. We hit up the undisclosed hidden secrets ( oops I posted a gps track ) to round out the loop.

Fun moderate loop!
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Long Wet Beaver Bell Loop, AZ 
Long Wet Beaver Bell Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 24 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking18.72 Miles 3,244 AEG
Hiking18.72 Miles   9 Hrs   44 Mns   2.24 mph
3,244 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
The Wet Beaver area has been on my list for a long time. Preferring loop hikes, I decided to tie in Long Canyon #63. Not seeing any published GPS tracks for the Long Canyon trail, I thought this would be a good opportunity to get one out on HAZ. I read about the lack of trails after the fact.

The drive up from the valley takes you through the Verde Valley. We had some concerns when driving through here, since the winds at Slide fire in Sedona had changed directions and filled the Valley with so much thick smoke, it was hard to see and could be tough to breath if hiking in this. Luckily, the closer we got to our trail, the thinner the smoke got. We only smelled it a couple of times on our hike.

We started our hike in a small lot just off FR618H, just down the street from the Beaver Creek Ranch. Joe tells me this is a house for Bad Kids. (First Hand Knowledge?) This is on the SE side of Beaver Creek.

The Long Canyon Trail #63 (not the #122 which is also in Sedona) grabs you right from the beginning with it's uphill. The majority of the elevation is gained in the first 1.5 miles. At the 2 mile mark there is a sign that warns you the trail is hard to follow after this point. Between Rock Basket Cairns and Tr 63 Carbonite signs, we made it in 6.6 miles before losing it.
You get some nice high desert views up top, as well as views into Long Canyon. With a drawn up track, we made our way over to the intersection with the Bell Trail and checked out the old out buildings. Joe got his picture taken by a Game Camera.

The Bell Trail #13 at this point follows an old 2 track going to the NW....for awhile. This lasts for a mile, until the two track just ends. We followed the drawn track through what could have been a trail at one time for .75 mile until we once again had trail. Views the closer you get to the Rim in the NW corner of the Mesa are spectacular. I saw some new areas in the Wet Beaver area that I need to explore, east of The Crack looks enticing!

Going down towards The Crack on the Bell Trail, we passed our first hikers of the day. Joe scared them off. We went off trail a couple of times on the way down, to get some views into The Crack area. There were a dozen or so people enjoying the water.

I see why the Wet Beaver area is so popular. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water and the scenery. Joe pointed out one area of Tafoni that was particularly interesting.

We hit the short Wier Trail #85 to get under the Trees and get into the Creek for a bit. Joe played with a Torpedo while looking for his bolt cutters.

We also went off trail crossing the creek, to get back to the truck. There were some red slick rock areas that would be fun to play in with more time. Joe played Tarzan for a bit and we made our way back to the truck.

All in all, a fun day in the Wet Beaver Wilderness.... an area that needs some more attention, especially upstream from The Crack area.

Short Video :next: http://youtu.be/kUN_Qn7Ty2Q
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Plenty of filterable water

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Dry in the upper portions. Not sure about the lower portions.
Noticed some pooling in the very lower portions

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I guess you could filter it if you wanted. Too many Bovine and other animals using the area for my liking.

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I guess you could filter it if you wanted. Too many Bovine and other animals using the area for my liking.

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I guess you could filter it if you wanted. Too many Bovine and other animals using the area for my liking.
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Apr 21 2014
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Long Canyon Trail #63 - Wet BeaverCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking_Fool
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Jun 05 2010
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 Moscow, RU
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
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Hiking7.20 Miles 520 AEG
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Nice afternoon hike&swim in The Crack with FreespiritAZ. We were hiking up at the very heat of the day, so the cool creek water was rewarding. Spent about two hours there swimming, jumping off the 20 ft rock, biting our lunch and being bitten by carnivorous bugs. Hiked back down when the heat went off.
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 Perth, Scotland
Long Canyon Trail #63 - Wet BeaverCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,290 AEG
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The start of this hike is steep and can be slippery on the small stones if you come back the same way as we did. We saw a Skunk after the first climb and it did not seem to be bothered by us passing by. The trail was easy to follow with the cairns but very rough in places and you almost had to bolder hop to save the ankles. Coming back down the views across to the Bell Trail parking and White Mesa were good
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Nov 29 2009
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Long Canyon Trail #63 - Wet BeaverCamp Verde, AZ
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toddak
Hiking16.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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Maybe not the most scenic terrain in Arizona, but linking Long Canyon #63 with Bell #13 makes for a good workout loop, with some decent Red Rock views and an always pleasant visit to Wet Beaver Creek. Up on the mesa, the trails are obvious within a mile or two of the rim but after that they are hit and miss (mostly miss). Overall, the navigation is fairly straightforward, but inputting a few key waypoints on the GPS ahead of time will make for more confident trekking. Dropping a mountain bike at the Bell trailhead will save the mile or so road walk back to the start.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
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BobP
Hiking18.70 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Back to the TH that still gives me nightmares :scared: We started on Bell Trail at about 630. About two miles in, my middle finger was twitching but never stood at attention. We hiked up to the Crack and Denny was licked by the tongue of the beaver. Long story short, did you ever see a turtle on his back in water. I swear I only laughed when I knew he was ok and didn't wreck his camera. However, no pictures exist. :D

We hiked up the creek a little ways and I slipped on the rocks, but only got my sandals wet. From there, we backtracked and missed our turn and about ten minutes later we figured it out. We crossed at Bell crossing and continued up to the rim for an early lunch(930am). The views were pretty sweet. After our break, we decided to go past the warning sign. :o We decided we'd turn around at about 1100am.

New plan, why not make this a Loop. Denny and I agreed and let the route finding begin. It was a route finding nightmare but we muddled thru it. If you start from Long Canyon it is probably easier to follow. Long Canyon is about 10 miles long. I brought my filter because when I told Denny I wanted to do 5-7 miles of Bell Trail... his reply was isn't Bell trail like 11 miles each way. Going up Long Canyon would be a nice elevation workout... anyone interested?
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 Mesa, AZ
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking18.70 Miles 3,700 AEG
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Bob and I hit the Bell Trail around 6:30am with no set mileage in mind. We made it past the Apache Maid sign and on to the crack. First time there and it does look like fun but we didn't come to swim this time. We did hike down a little further and play in the water. I managed to fall in on my back and Bob wouldn't flip me back over. At least he did't take a picture. From there we headed up Bell trail to see what it looked like up top.Nice views but the warning sign should have stopped us in are tracks. We stopped but just for lunch. The trail did have cairns for awhile but got sporatic at times. We decided to loop it with Long Canyon Trail and the fun began. This is probably the hardest trail to follow I've been on! Thanks to Bob for bringing the GPS and keeping us going in the right direction. About a forth of the way back we found enough water for Bob to filter 4 quarts of water just in case we needed it.(we didn't) We finally found the hike at your risk sign for Long Canyon and the trail was ok after that. Going down Long Canyon back to the creek was pretty steep and Would be quite the workout going up it. We were going to take a dip but were to tired. We headed back to the car and called it a day. I'm sure I'll hike up to Bell crossing again but for the loop :o :scared: :sweat: Thanks to Bob for the trip. :D
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May 02 2009
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Long Canyon Trail #63 - Wet BeaverCamp Verde, AZ
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Hiking9.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Weather wasn't cooperating so we turned around after about a mile and a half. I had the camera setting for indoor lighting, so 75% of my pictures turned out blue, as you can see on the last image. :( Sigh.

Many types of flowers as you can see. As I figure out what they are, I'll tag 'em.
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Long Canyon Trail #63 - Wet BeaverCamp Verde, AZ
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Hiking9.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
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