Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bell Trail #13 to Wet Beaver Creek Crossing
when Trip Report : April 19, 2022
  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     Bell Trail is the primary trail used to access Wet Beaver Creek Canyon and the Wet Beaver Wilderness. Wet Beaver Creek is one of three watersheds in the Sedona area flowing into the Verde River.
    The trail was built by a cattle rancher named Earl Bell, an Eastern industrialist, in 1932, as a means for taking his cattle to the top of the Mogollon Rim in the spring. He bought a ranch and blasted a cattle driveway out of Beaver Creek’s sheer cliffs. We will walk along an indirect relic of the once-thriving resort business, which made Beaver Creek famous nationwide in the pre-depression 1920s.
    We will hike the first 3.5 miles of the trail to Bell Crossing, where the trail crosses the creek, relax among the pools, and rock outcroppings then return the way we came. We will drop down to the creek a couple of times in the beginning for pictures and views of the rushing creek.
    From the trailhead, the trail follows an old Jeep trail along the contours of the canyon above the streambed. We are surrounded by junipers and mesquite trees amidst an escarpment of red sandstone and scenic views of the riparian area, the canyon, and the surrounding mountains and valleys.
    We arrive at the White Mesa Trail #86 (1.7 miles from trailhead) where we will pause to look up the trail for the common Aerobicus.Hikerous out for morning exercise. Continuing down the trail we will pass the Apache Maid Trail #15 junction (2.2 mi), and arrive at the actual Bell Trail head, where the Weir trail #86 (2.5 mi) veers off to the right towards the old USGS creek gauging station.
    We take the left fork where the Bell Trail begins to ascend the canyon wall. We head up to the ledge that skirts the canyon wall and the scenery changes a as you look down at the creek below. The path follows the contours of the canyon for about ½ mile before the trail drops down to the creek. A spur trail takes off to the left leading to the “Tongue of the Beaver” or to the locals “The Crack”.
    We will turn around here. The water may be a bit chilly, but some may want to dip their toes or even dive into the pool.
    A word of caution: This is prime snake habitat due to the excellent rodent population. They are less common down by the water, but you should always beware.
distance 7.5 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-633' 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.
•  There are restrooms at the trailhead.

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