|when||Trip Report : April 2, 2022|
|Trip Report : May 22, 2021|
|Trip Report : June 1, 2013|
|where||West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness, east of Camp Verde|
Flowing for 30 miles east of Camp Verde through the spectacular West Clear
Creek Wilderness area, West Clear Creek is the longest drainage on the
The creek flows from the rim, cutting a gorge up to 2,000 feet deep through
some of the most rugged and spectacular terrain to be found anywhere in Arizona.
From the trailhead, we will head east along an old roadbed across the Bull Pen Ranch site. We pass an old farmhouse surrounded by prickly pear cactus. About a mile from the trailhead, we reach a trail marker and drop towards the creek for our first photo op. After a short distance, we come to the first of three stream crossings.
We will be wading up to our knees at all three crossings, so be prepared to get wet on this hike. Bring hiking poles to help with stabilize yourself. Prepare accordingly to keep your phone, keys, and camera dry.
Travel parallel to West Clear Creek through a lush riparian habitat with Sycamores, Fremont cottonwoods, Arizona walnut, and Arizona ash trees.
We cross the creek a second time and continue between the creek bed and the canyon wall. You may notice patches of wild blackberry growing amidst tangles of branches washed together along the stream. The short group can stay at the second crossing or return to the parking lot (about 6 miles).
After the third crossing, we will start a gradual climb up to a ridge several hundred feet above the north side of the creek with commanding views of the canyon and across to the stunning red rock cliffs.
Along the ridge the landscape quickly changes from riparian to chaparral, with scrub oak, mesquite, holly, and juniper. The prickly pear cacti are blooming with magenta, yellow, and orange cup-shape flowers.
After descending back down the side of the canyon we reach the creek at the 5-mile point. We will stop for lunch at a shady area next to the creek and return by the same route.
• At least 3 liters of water
• Head covering
• Hiking poles
|distance||10.0 Miles, Second Crossing Turnaround 5.85 Miles|
|EC||Short +- 400', Long +-600' elevation change|
|elevations||3,600' at trailhead to 4,200' 4th crossing (turnaround point)|
|on trail||100% — West Clear Creek Trail #17
USGS Topo Maps: Walker Mountain, Buckhorn Mountain.
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||6:30 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.|
|Information: Red Rock Ranger District 928-282-4119 or Coconino National Forest.|
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