The place is difficult to get to, but absolutely worth it. From there, the route passes under a canopy of impressive sycamores and piggybacks an old ranch road on the north bank of the creek. Backpacking gem for sure, coming back to stay another week and fish Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Dogs Allowed: Yes (on a leash) This hike uses Trail #17 to access the creek, then heads off trail up the stream bed. Refreshing water in the creek, perfect spots to wade in and cool off. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Wilderness. Vehicle Requirements: A high-clearance vehicle is recommended. The trail is nice and the water crossings are fun. (Brush Creek trail will probably see some improvements in the near future) At the top you will come to a dirt road. moderate is about right. Just retrace your steps and enjoy the views. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. This is one of the few trailheads allowing access to this area from the south side. Can’t wait to go way back in sometime. First Post - West Clear Creek - Tramway Trail This beautiful canyon offers natural springs, secret side canyons, and ample pools for fishing and swimming. As you cross into the wilderness, you’ll see Black Mountain to the south and the Blodgett Basin to the north. 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. Be careful, though. The downstream end of the trail attracts large … West Clear is a easy hiking trail with some shaded areas. It’s a 2.5-mile route that leads back to Bull Pen Ranch and completes a 15-mile loop. 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. Sand dunes, snakes, scorpions ... there’s a long list of stereotypes about Arizona. The Clear Creek Trail was built in 1934 and 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corp (Company 818). The easiest route to explore its mysteries is from FR215 and the trailhead at Bull Pen ranch. The wilderness area is located in the Coconino National Forest and is 12 miles east of Camp Verde, Arizona. There arent any waterfall or slot-canyon type features at this location. The first 1/4 mile will be mostly hike a bike. Ways to get down to the water from near the top. Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 40 miles south on Interstate 17. Long and strenuous if you try to complete the entire trail in one day (not recommended). Photo: West Clear Creek’s serene water mirrors surrounding red-rock buttes. Keep an eye out for snakes and Gila monsters. The parking lot was overcrowded later in the day. 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 … West Clear Creek Trail No. Difficulty: Moderate (along stream). This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. Hiking Distance: About 1 1/2 miles each way. And there’s wildlife, too. Bathrooms were locked (7/23/2020), sadly saw lots of trash left behind. Beautiful creek though! 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. Unlike its dammed sister East Clear Creek (dammed at Blue Ridge Res. 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. Backpackers should use water shoes at crossings. 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!!! 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. Worried it might be too hot. couldn’t believe how beautiful it was the entire hike. So beautiful throughout whole trip. I slid and fell a few times on the way down. 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. Most times of the year, Cheyava Falls is a mere trickle, but after a wet winter it gushes from the cliff face in a series of cascades. Turn left onto FR 618 and continue 2.2 miles to Forest Road 215. So bring tons of sun screen, water, and snacks! We decided to head back to the trailhead and hiked along the creek downstream instead. 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. 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. From the top of the rim to the bottom is 0.7 miles and about 750 ft of elevation loss. the trail requires some river walking and the water also feels amazing and is super clean. I have a subaru crosstrek and felt very safe driving. Everything from black bears, elk, mountain lions and mule deer to skunks, badgers and bobcats. A lot of ppl swimming in the water holes so parking can be limited. Fido can roam off leash on this trail that is faint yet hard to get lost on. Beautiful water pool! came in from the valley to escape the heat and WOW- I started around 9:3am-ish and the morning glow was beautiful. 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!!! The trail is mostly clear and blazed, but not bike friendly. Follow this primitive road about 1 mile to a rock-pile cairn that marks the trailhead. then will become increasingly rideable as you get further up into the meadow. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. Is located in the northeast corner of All Star Lanes Bowling Alley. Make sure you take a hat, WATER, and hiking boots they really saved my toes. Pretty easy going and I stopped at the 3rd crossing, hung out awhile, then the winds started kicking in (advisories). 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). Area Status: Open. 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. © Copyright 2020 Arizona Department of Transportation, State of Arizona. Anything you step on will be slippery. This is a well-maintained easy to follow trail. not too hard either. 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. 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. At the bottom you'll end up at West Clear creek… 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. Turn right onto FR 215 and continue approximately 3 miles to the trailhead at Bull Pen Ranch. It’s one of the most beautiful places anywhere. There are three river crossings in the 8.8 mile hike. Well-marked trail, pretty exposed to the sun at first. Resources update trails status or condition Clear Creek (West) Trail Reports. camped close by and started around 8. not much close to the water so that was okay for us. Which is a cool canyon area Tough downhill and back up, but the hike through was great, totally worth an overnight or 2 night trip. All rights reserved. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the trail to Clear Creek in 1933. And one of the most impressive creeks is West Clear Creek. 2 things- the way in is a ROUGH up and down dirt road not built for small cars, and bring water shoes/bathing suits! Hi! Although there is sand in the state, along with venomous reptiles and eerie invertebrates, there’s more to the landscape than that. There is parking available on the west side of the creek behind the businesses even during business hours. Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com. So please hike Sedona, help others, and rate a trail today! 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. Whatever might have been swimming in that water is long gone, but fossils remain. 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. Thinking about doing this trail next weekend. Lots of snakes. 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 … The northeast arm of Clear Creek Canyon, north of Honan Point, contains the highest waterfall in Grand Canyon. The West Clear Creek wilderness is truly worthy of extended exploration. Took 2liters and had to use lifestraw on the way back at stream crossings. Elevation: 3,700 to 4,100 feet Visit … Difficulty: Easy 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. Kind of a scouting trip for later anyway. The east end of West Clear Creek is a 700ft deep sandstone walled canyon with near vertical walls throughout. There are 4 water crossings. crossed it about 3 times. Bring a lot of water! This is a trail that is HARD! Clear Creek OHV Trails 8348 Redbird Trail Milton, FL 32570 (850) 626-3034 grace.quina@freshfromflorida.com www.freshfromflorida.com: Comment: Contact number for trailhead that is answered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visited this trail for the 2nd time in 3 weeks and absolutely love it. status date description; Jul 16, 2018 @ 5:15pm. I use quotes because this isn’t much of a trail at all. great morning!! Lots of debris (leaves, dirt) in Sheridan underpass; otherwise clear: Jul 2, … The Forest Rd 218? All Star Lanes Trailhead. 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. 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. Roads accessing the wilderness can be rough and a sturdy vehicle is recommended. hiking views wildlife 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. 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. Total Nerdery. 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. 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. Clear Creek Trail . is rocky and bumpy at several spots; we drove a Honda CRV and drove slowly to maneuver jagged rocks. Here’s a trail guide for The Hanging Gardens in the West Clear Creek Wilderness, Arizona. Water in the desert is always a rare and magical thing. I brought my pups and thankfully they are trained for this but I'll never do it again, it was just too darn hot. 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. Trailhead GPS: N 34˚32.338', W 111˚41.510' Leave the highway at the AZ 179 exit and turn east under the freeway. There are mountains, meadows, lakes, rivers and creeks, too. We started the trail around 8a and finished by noon. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Drive about 9 miles on FR 618 to FR 215 and turn east about 3 miles to the Bullpen Ranch trailhead. Look. Also careful with jumping on rocks in the water very slippery!! This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. 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 West Clear Creek Trail is a must hike for breathtaking views of this awesome landscape. and don't take a small car, the dirt road to get to the trailhead is rocky and awkward to maneuver. There are 4 hard trails in West Clear Creek Wilderness ranging from 3.5 to 12.4 miles and from 5,692 to 6,863 feet above sea level. I made the classic mistake of not bringing enough water and by 10a it was nearly 100deg. Does anyone know who has been there recently if there is water? 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 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. 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. Wilderness Trail. It’s a brutal ascent to an upper trailhead located along Forest Road 214A. (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. Because of that, I decided to head further north, out of the concrete jungle, up to West Clear Creek. I saw a Honda Civic make it but I would highly recommend a vehicle with some clearance. It was not crowded on a Thursday mid-morning. Keep in mind, if you do find an ancient relic, it’s a federal offense to remove it or disturb it. Reproduction in part or whole without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. 17. 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. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time! 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. Come early parking lot is full by 9am! The end is the peak which is a gnarly and a difficult climb! This trail is phenomenal! The trailhead is located at the end of the bumpy road, at a place called Bull Pen Ranch. Scenery is beautiful. Trailhead Directions: From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive … Summary: An interesting hike that takes you to a nice creek. Throughout most of the year, other than the wet season, it’s a simple hop, skip and jump to the other side. Shade here and there. The cumulative trail ratings for the V-Bar-V or West Clear Creek submitted by fellow hikers is located above with the Trail Data. Back then, Arizona was mostly under a shallow sea. The images on this website are copyrighted. West Clear Creek is a gorgeous walled-in stream within Verde Valley, some distance south of Flagstaff. At the same time, Clear Creek was stocked with trout so that visitors could do a bit of fishing. The trail begins by threading along a narrow shelf that drops 700' to the canyon floor. 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. You are exposed to the sun 90% of the time, only shade is at creek crossings. | Derek von Briesen. Went in about 7:30am May 18, from Bull Pen with my LabDood. 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. USGS Maps: Walker Mountain, Buckhorn Mountain Cool water and green trees fill this this shady oasis in an otherwise rugged desert. 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