Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Wet Beaver Creek Day Hike
when Trip Report : May 16, 2015
  Trip Report : April 27, 2014
  Trip Report : October 29, 2011
  Trip Report : May 5, 2007
where Sedona, east of Sedona I-17 exit
the hike     The Bell Trail is located in the Wet Beaver Wilderness area about 15 miles from downtown Sedona, just off the I-17 Freeway. For the most part, the trail follows a route along a bench well above Wet Beaver Creek. A number of side trails, however, lead down to the waterside.
    The trail was built by a cattle rancher named Earl Bell in 1932, as a means for taking his cattle to the top of the Mogollon Rim in the spring. We will hike the first 3.5 miles of the trail to Bell Crossing, where the trail crosses the creek, and then we will return the way we came. The water may be a bit chilly, but you are welcome to dip your toes in (or more, depending on the weather and your chill tolerance!).
distance 7 miles round trip
time 4-5 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
elevations 3820' (Trailhead) to 4320' (Bell Crossing)
starting at
Bell Trailhead 34° 40.424' N,  111° 42.802' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Bell Trail #13
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Sedona
meet 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
drive •  Go north on I-17 to the Highway 179 turnoff for Sedona.
•  Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 618 (Beaver Creek Road).
•  Follow the signs to FR 618A on the left side of the road (about 2.2 miles).
•  Turn onto FR 618A and drive for a quarter mile to the Bell Trail parking area.
•  Both FR 618 and FR 618A are passable by passenger cars, unless there has been a lot of recent rainfall. There are restrooms at the trailhead.

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