Difficulty: Easy This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Wilderness. Because of that, I decided to head further north, out of the concrete jungle, up to West Clear Creek. Beautiful water pool! This trail offers solitude, as it is a bit off the beaten path. Turn right onto FR 215 and continue approximately 3 miles to the trailhead at Bull Pen Ranch. moderate is about right. What’s more, it’s a good way to shatter any lingering stereotypes. West Clear Creek Trail #17 provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Wilderness. I started this blog with a small piece about a backpack trip into West Clear Creek Wilderness in Arizona. Throughout most of the year, other than the wet season, it’s a simple hop, skip and jump to the other side. First time hiking and this was a beautiful place, we only did 5 miles 2.5 in and 2.5 back and we still got to see alot of nature's beautifulness!!! Water in the desert is always a rare and magical thing. You are exposed to the sun 90% of the time, only shade is at creek crossings. We hiked West Clear Creek back to Bull Pen ranch in 2.5 days with a total walk time of 22 hours. Beautiful creek though! (Brush Creek trail will probably see some improvements in the near future) At the top you will come to a dirt road. The northeast arm of Clear Creek Canyon, north of Honan Point, contains the highest waterfall in Grand Canyon. The cumulative trail ratings for the V-Bar-V or West Clear Creek submitted by fellow hikers is located above with the Trail Data. Roads accessing the wilderness can be rough and a sturdy vehicle is recommended. Wilderness Trail. Difficulty: Moderate (along stream). Tough downhill and back up, but the hike through was great, totally worth an overnight or 2 night trip. West Clear Creek Trail Hike. Heading east on the south side of the perennial creek, the trail meanders through a lush riparian forest and quickly comes to the second creek crossing, followed by the official boundary of the West Clear Creek Wilderness. I use quotes because this isn’t much of a trail at all. couldn’t believe how beautiful it was the entire hike. West Clear Creek is a gorgeous walled-in stream within Verde Valley, some distance south of Flagstaff. This is one of the few trailheads allowing access to this area from the south side. West Fork of Clear Creek Trail is a 3 mile hike in Arapaho National Forest that will take about 4 to 5 hours to complete with Fido. Or turn east off FR 618 on FR 214 about 8 miles from the highway and turn east 4.7 miles to the Bald Hill Road. Resources Long, hot, rocky but end point was worth it! The place is difficult to get to, but absolutely worth it. There are human artifacts, too, left by the ancient Sinagua people who lived in the canyon hundreds of years ago. In fact, if you’re even somewhat agile — you don’t have to be one of the Flying Wallendas — you can maneuver over the rocks and logs without getting wet. Directions: From Interstate 17 near Camp Verde, go southeast on State Route 260 for 7.9 miles to Forest Road 618. so much contrast on this hike. Just retrace your steps and enjoy the views. The parking lot was overcrowded later in the day. Total Nerdery. Although it’s less than 2 miles wide, the canyon winds for nearly 40 miles through some of the most scenic and least visited terrain in Arizona, making it the longest of the many canyons that cut through the Mogollon Rim. This trail leads back up the canyon and can be turned into a 5-mile loop hike with the Maxwell Trail (see trail map below). Vehicle Requirements: A high-clearance vehicle is recommended. Also careful with jumping on rocks in the water very slippery!! There arent any waterfall or slot-canyon type features at this location. Although there is sand in the state, along with venomous reptiles and eerie invertebrates, there’s more to the landscape than that. There are mountains, meadows, lakes, rivers and creeks, too. Trailhead Directions: From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive … Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Anything you step on will be slippery. The end is the peak which is a gnarly and a difficult climb! crossed it about 3 times. The views of the canyon are impressive. The easiest route to explore its mysteries is from FR215 and the trailhead at Bull Pen ranch. And there’s wildlife, too. The Clear Creek Trail was built in 1934 and 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corp (Company 818). Long and strenuous if you try to complete the entire trail in one day (not recommended). Those looking to follow the creek beyond the maintain trail should prepare for more than a dozen pools, which sits between both canyon wall sides and can be up to a quarter mile long, requiring wading or swimming. The Stats: Trail Name: Point Trail Distance: 4 miles Elevation Gain: -750 feet Difficulty: Difficult steep climb down to the canyon floor, then easy Dog Friendliness: Definitely dog … As you cross into the wilderness, you’ll see Black Mountain to the south and the Blodgett Basin to the north. Reproduction in part or whole without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Then, after 5.5 miles and a fourth creek crossing, you’ll come to a point where the trail veers north, away from the water. Everything from black bears, elk, mountain lions and mule deer to skunks, badgers and bobcats. This trail is phenomenal! (34°33’28.7″N 111°25’13.7″W)Source: USDA.gov From here you have options to swim, river hike, and fish, although the best swimming holes are deeper into the canyon. © Copyright 2020 Arizona Department of Transportation, State of Arizona. Drive about 9 miles on FR 618 to FR 215 and turn east about 3 miles to the Bullpen Ranch trailhead. Then, after about a mile, it cuts south for the first of four stream crossings. It’s an unexpected oasis that shatters stereotypes and nourishes an array of plants and trees, including hanging gardens of maidenhair ferns, scarlet penstemons, columbines, cottonwoods, sycamores, bigtooth maples, Douglas firs, Arizona walnuts, willows, ash and ponderosa pines. The trailhead is located at the end of the bumpy road, at a place called Bull Pen Ranch. All Star Lanes Trailhead. I slid and fell a few times on the way down. Copying and downloading images from this site is strictly prohibited. Traverse juniper-lined benches above the creek that have three-mile views of the 1,200-foot banded canyon walls, and drop to water-level for four cairn-marked crossings of the cool, Arizona cypress-shaded waters. The trail begins by threading along a narrow shelf that drops 700' to the canyon floor. Clear Creek OHV Trails 8348 Redbird Trail Milton, FL 32570 (850) 626-3034 grace.quin[email protected] www.freshfromflorida.com: Comment: Contact number for trailhead that is answered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a trail guide for The Hanging Gardens in the West Clear Creek Wilderness, Arizona. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the trail to Clear Creek in 1933. Continuing on, the trail parallels the beautiful creek. The images on this website are copyrighted. The east end of West Clear Creek is a 700ft deep sandstone walled canyon with near vertical walls throughout. The West Clear Creek Trail (the longest and most-used trail within the wilderness) has four crossings that range from knee-height to impassable depending on time of year, weather, and flooding. The West Clear Creek Wilderness is a 15,238-acre (6,167 ha) wilderness area in the U.S. state of Arizona.West Clear Creek is formed by the junction of Willow Creek and Clover Creek in the Mogollon Rim, which is part of the Colorado Plateau; the Mogollon Rim is the major part of the Arizona transition zone at the southwest of the Colorado Plateau of Utah-Colorado, Arizona-New Mexico. I went 7.1 miles one way (so 4 miles farther than whats mapped in AllTrails) because there's a trail that forks off to the right and goes nearly straight downhills (where you have to butt scoot) to an amazing spot on the river with tons of swimming holes and small landings to jump from. Thinking about doing this trail next weekend. The east side utilizes a vacated road as trail to the Pedestrian Bridge. The West Clear Creek wilderness is truly worthy of extended exploration. From its western terminus at Bull Pen Ranch at the canyon mouth, the trail leads upstream into the deep, narrow gorge which medium-sized West Clear Creek has cut into the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Refreshing water in the creek, perfect spots to wade in and cool off. Horses Allowed: Yes The trail is nice and the water crossings are fun. In between those two points are three major layers of rock: Supai formation, Coconino sandstone and volcanic deposits. An out and back hike from the north side of West Clear Creek to a nice waterfall. Wear a wide rim hat and long sleeve sun shirt! Your trail feedback and ratings are an important resource for fellow hikers and provide a personal account of your trail experience from which others may learn. Area Status: Open. I brought my pups and thankfully they are trained for this but I'll never do it again, it was just too darn hot. West Clear is a easy hiking trail with some shaded areas. This is a well-maintained easy to follow trail. It was originally built as a mule trail so visitors at Phantom Ranch would be able to gain access to a scenic side canyon. Jul 16, 2018. Back then, Arizona was mostly under a shallow sea. This is a trail that is HARD! The hike is just as impressive in reverse. Backpacking gem for sure, coming back to stay another week and fish The trail is mostly clear and blazed, but not bike friendly. Can’t wait to go way back in sometime. Obviously, you’ll get a bigger notch in your belt for taking the long way, but there’s no shame in staying down by the water. Heading east on the south side of the perennial creek, the trail meanders through a lush riparian forest and quickly comes to the second creek crossing, followed by the official boundary of the West Clear Creek Wilderness. The Forest Rd 218? The first 1/4 mile will be mostly hike a bike. The dirt road to get there is bumpy and only wide enough for a single vehicle in places. Shade here and there. Fido can roam off leash on this trail that is faint yet hard to get lost on. Be careful, though. Camped 2 nights at this spot and traveled further in without much gear and swam through areas. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. The cairns will guide you down but look for orange tape when the brush thickens. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, [email protected] A few miles further up the canyon to the east are the more popular Maxwell and Tramway trailheads accessible from the north rim of this canyon. Worried it might be too hot. We decided to head back to the trailhead and hiked along the creek downstream instead. Follow this primitive road about 1 mile to a rock-pile cairn that marks the trailhead. Remember to help out someone in need maybe it could be you next time!! Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time! Visit … Bathrooms were locked (7/23/2020), sadly saw lots of trash left behind. First Post - West Clear Creek - Tramway Trail This beautiful canyon offers natural springs, secret side canyons, and ample pools for fishing and swimming. At the same time, Clear Creek was stocked with trout so that visitors could do a bit of fishing. not too hard either. This hike uses Trail #17 to access the creek, then heads off trail up the stream bed. From there, the route passes under a canopy of impressive sycamores and piggybacks an old ranch road on the north bank of the creek. you can keep going if you want! Bob Bear Trail (Formerly Fossil Springs Trail), Indian Maiden Falls via West Clear Creek Trail. All rights reserved. West Clear Creek Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby West Clear Creek Trail including Huckaby Trail, West Fork Trail, Hot Loop Trail, Cathedral Rock / Templeton Trail, Wilson Mountain Trail and Jim Thompson Trail. Although Forest Road 215 is a little rough in places, the road offers terrific views of the canyon into which you’ll be hiking — as you look down, your Lewis and Clark impulses will shift into overdrive. The views of the mountains, rivers, and forest are just breath taking and this was one of the best hikes I've done so far. Lots of snakes. Dogs Allowed: Yes (on a leash) unfortunately the trail doesn't follow the creek but instead takes the upper ridge line ans the only way to the river is brushwacking and climbing down steep-ish topography. But my dog couldn’t get out of there quick enough, between the hot pads on the feet and fox tail burrs all over him he was very stressed. You’ll get a sense of just how spectacular it is as you drive in. To access upper West Clear Creek from the north, near Happy Jack, AZ, you should plan to enter on the Tramway Trail, accessible from Forest Road 81E, off Lake Mary Road, 7 miles north of the split from state highway 87. West Clear Creek Trail No. At the bottom you'll end up at West Clear creek… Hiking the Point Trail along West Clear Creek on the Mogollon Rim in the Coconino National Forest of Arizona. USGS Maps: Walker Mountain, Buckhorn Mountain West Clear Creek Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. great morning!! Scenery is beautiful. From Bald Hill trailhead in Coconino National Forest, descend 1,800 feet over three miles of talus slopes to the canyon floor and pick up West Clear Creek Trail (#17). Summary: An interesting hike that takes you to a nice creek. West Clear Creek Wilderness Area is a deep entrenched canyon with a year round stream flowing through it. Visited this trail for the 2nd time in 3 weeks and absolutely love it. It’s very steep and full of loose rock and dirt. Overall, West Clear Creek Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in Arizona. I went Memorial Day weekend and got there early. From the top of the rim to the bottom is 0.7 miles and about 750 ft of elevation loss. 2 things- the way in is a ROUGH up and down dirt road not built for small cars, and bring water shoes/bathing suits! I have a subaru crosstrek and felt very safe driving. Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 40 miles south on Interstate 17. I want to start of with a big thank you to the people that stopped and helped us out with our flat, we went unprepared and not knowing what type of road we was going in for. Bring a lot of water! The downstream end of the trail attracts large … came in from the valley to escape the heat and WOW- I started around 9:3am-ish and the morning glow was beautiful. Length: 11 miles round-trip From its western terminus at Bull Pen Ranch at the canyon mouth, the trail leads upstream into the deep, narrow gorge which the medium-sized West Clear Creek has cut into the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Keep in mind, if you do find an ancient relic, it’s a federal offense to remove it or disturb it. hiking views wildlife The towering sandstone spires and dense forest cover contrast sharply with the classic high desert environment on the west end of West Clear Creek. West Clear Creek Wilderness’ measurements are kinda cool: 2-miles wide by 20-miles long by 1000′ feet high – making it one of the skinniest and most gorgeous primitive canyons in Arizona. Backpackers should use water shoes at crossings. Hiking Distance: About 1 1/2 miles each way. West Clear Creek Day Hike; when: Trip Report: June 1, 2013 : where: West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness east of Camp Verde: the hike Flowing for 30 miles east of Camp Verde through the spectacular West Clear Creek Wilderness area, West Clear Creek is … Keep an eye out for snakes and Gila monsters. Make sure you take a hat, WATER, and hiking boots they really saved my toes. It’s one of the most beautiful places anywhere. I would go again. A lot of ppl swimming in the water holes so parking can be limited. There are three river crossings in the 8.8 mile hike. during the last 2.4miles of the trail it is very exposed and you can get caught off guard in the sun with little water so do NOT bring dogs. Look. camped close by and started around 8. not much close to the water so that was okay for us. But that is just a small part of what there is to see in this remarkable place. Pick up your trash ppl. From there, you’ll follow FR 214A and Forest Road 214 for 1.3 miles to the upper end of the Blodgett Basin Trail, which was built to move cattle between seasonal pastures. It’s a brutal ascent to an upper trailhead located along Forest Road 214A. Sand dunes, snakes, scorpions ... there’s a long list of stereotypes about Arizona. then will become increasingly rideable as you get further up into the meadow. There are 4 water crossings. Pretty easy going and I stopped at the 3rd crossing, hung out awhile, then the winds started kicking in (advisories). Hi! And one of the most impressive creeks is West Clear Creek. Looking around, you’ll understand why Congress protected 15,468 acres of this canyon in 1984. Photo: West Clear Creek’s serene water mirrors surrounding red-rock buttes. Lots of pretty scenery in the valley and along the creek. Is located in the northeast corner of All Star Lanes Bowling Alley. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. This is our recommended turnaround point. Stayed at about the 8th site, you will know it by being 2 tiered and having a stone table, stone fire pit and stone chairs. Went in about 7:30am May 18, from Bull Pen with my LabDood. Which is a cool canyon area Unlike its dammed sister East Clear Creek (dammed at Blue Ridge Res. We took our Jeep, I would be scared to take a small car, just make sure you have some heavy duty tires for all them rocks!!! Hike up West Clear Creek using the Bull Pen Ranch trail on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. We started the trail around 8a and finished by noon. | Derek von Briesen. Cool water and green trees fill this this shady oasis in an otherwise rugged desert. I started the trail at 720a and the weather was nearly perfect but during the last 4 miles back (around 1230p) the sun was beating down and I ran out of water so it was rough. and don't take a small car, the dirt road to get to the trailhead is rocky and awkward to maneuver. However, if you’re in excellent condition and you want to extend the hike, follow the trail north through a draw that climbs almost 2,000 feet in 2 miles. The wilderness area is located in the Coconino National Forest and is 12 miles east of Camp Verde, Arizona. The West Clear Creek Trail is a must hike for breathtaking views of this awesome landscape. Kind of a scouting trip for later anyway. The Lower Supai was laid down in the Pennsylvanian Period of the Paleozoic Era. From its western terminus at Bull Pen Ranch at the canyon mouth, the trail leads upstream into the deep, narrow gorge which medium-sized West Clear Creek has cut into the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The trail continues on both sides of the creek to Myhre Road. Well-marked trail, pretty exposed to the sun at first. Whatever might have been swimming in that water is long gone, but fossils remain. This is the “trail” down to West Clear Creek. Leave the highway at the AZ 179 exit and turn east under the freeway. It was not crowded on a Thursday mid-morning. I saw a Honda Civic make it but I would highly recommend a vehicle with some clearance. Looking around, you’ll understand why Congress protected 15,468 acres of this canyon in 1984. at the end is a pool to Wade in or camp. Challenge Level: Easy. So bring tons of sun screen, water, and snacks! So beautiful throughout whole trip. This trail is steep as it drops into West Clear creek and there is some scrambling involved, but nothing too scary. Trailhead GPS: N 34˚32.338', W 111˚41.510' At a later date, the author and his wife returned with two cars, dropped one of at Bull Pen Ranch, then drove around to the trailhead at the end of 142A. I made the classic mistake of not bringing enough water and by 10a it was nearly 100deg. You have to take a dirt road about 10 miles to get to the trail head, I have a Subaru Crosstrek and felt VERY safe but think you can manage with a smaller vehicle (I wouldn't personally but it's doable). Took 2liters and had to use lifestraw on the way back at stream crossings. The trail is pretty level through with a few inclines and river crossings. From its western terminus at Bull Pen Ranch at the canyon mouth, the trail leads upstream into the deep, narrow gorge which the medium-sized West Clear Creek has cut into the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. It’s a 2.5-mile route that leads back to Bull Pen Ranch and completes a 15-mile loop. Does anyone know who has been there recently if there is water? So please hike Sedona, help others, and rate a trail today! Lots of debris (leaves, dirt) in Sheridan underpass; otherwise clear: Jul 2, … This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. There are a few trails in the canyon, but the one bearing the name West Clear Creek Trail is the most popular and most accessible. Ways to get down to the water from near the top. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. is rocky and bumpy at several spots; we drove a Honda CRV and drove slowly to maneuver jagged rocks. Information: Red Rock Ranger District, 928-282-4119 or www.fs.usda.gov/coconino, Arizona Highways 2039 W Lewis Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009 602.712.2200. Will definitely be going back soon and doing the full 8 miles (with proper water shoes), This is one of my favorite places in the entire world! There is parking available on the west side of the creek behind the businesses even during business hours. Directions: From Phoenix take I-17 north to Camp Verde to exit 285. The first mile, or so, of the trail is exposed with no shade, but when you start hiking along the creek it is all shades with tons of options to stop and swim to cool off for about the next mile. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. 17. the trail requires some river walking and the water also feels amazing and is super clean. and again, in Winslow) this creek offers clearer water, bigger pools, chub fishing, and to me what seems like more resilient trout overall. Don’t touch. Clear Creek Trail . 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