Hiking the Point Trail along West Clear Creek on the Mogollon Rim in the Coconino National Forest of Arizona. Looking around, you’ll understand why Congress protected 15,468 acres of this canyon in 1984. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Vehicle Requirements: A high-clearance vehicle is recommended. 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. 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). This trail offers solitude, as it is a bit off the beaten path. I made the classic mistake of not bringing enough water and by 10a it was nearly 100deg. Turn left onto FR 618 and continue 2.2 miles to Forest Road 215. The easiest route to explore its mysteries is from FR215 and the trailhead at Bull Pen ranch. 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. Visited this trail for the 2nd time in 3 weeks and absolutely love it. 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. 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. Turn right onto FR 215 and continue approximately 3 miles to the trailhead at Bull Pen Ranch. We hiked West Clear Creek back to Bull Pen ranch in 2.5 days with a total walk time of 22 hours. 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. Difficulty: Moderate (along stream). The West Clear Creek Trail is a must hike for breathtaking views of this awesome landscape. The end is the peak which is a gnarly and a difficult climb! Because of that, I decided to head further north, out of the concrete jungle, up to West Clear Creek. 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!!! and again, in Winslow) this creek offers clearer water, bigger pools, chub fishing, and to me what seems like more resilient trout overall. We decided to head back to the trailhead and hiked along the creek downstream instead. A lot of ppl swimming in the water holes so parking can be limited. Clear Creek Trail . This trail is phenomenal! This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. I would go again. The northeast arm of Clear Creek Canyon, north of Honan Point, contains the highest waterfall in Grand Canyon. 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!!! 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). From there, the route passes under a canopy of impressive sycamores and piggybacks an old ranch road on the north bank of the creek. West Clear Creek Wilderness Area is a deep entrenched canyon with a year round stream flowing through it. Is located in the northeast corner of All Star Lanes Bowling Alley. Although there is sand in the state, along with venomous reptiles and eerie invertebrates, there’s more to the landscape than that. This is a trail that is HARD! 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. (Brush Creek trail will probably see some improvements in the near future) At the top you will come to a dirt road. 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. Keep an eye out for snakes and Gila monsters. This is a well-maintained easy to follow trail. Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 40 miles south on Interstate 17. Hiking Distance: About 1 1/2 miles each way. Directions: From Interstate 17 near Camp Verde, go southeast on State Route 260 for 7.9 miles to Forest Road 618. 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. Worried it might be too hot. not too hard either. Pretty easy going and I stopped at the 3rd crossing, hung out awhile, then the winds started kicking in (advisories). update trails status or condition Clear Creek (West) Trail Reports. 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. I saw a Honda Civic make it but I would highly recommend a vehicle with some clearance. Roads accessing the wilderness can be rough and a sturdy vehicle is recommended. Name: West Clear Creek Trail #17. Took 2liters and had to use lifestraw on the way back at stream crossings. Directions: From Phoenix take I-17 north to Camp Verde to exit 285. West Clear Creek Trail #17 provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Wilderness. then will become increasingly rideable as you get further up into the meadow. 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. Challenge Level: Easy. And there’s wildlife, too. The Lower Supai was laid down in the Pennsylvanian Period of the Paleozoic Era. I have a subaru crosstrek and felt very safe driving. Throughout most of the year, other than the wet season, it’s a simple hop, skip and jump to the other side. Kind of a scouting trip for later anyway. Be careful, though. The trail begins by threading along a narrow shelf that drops 700' to the canyon floor. Beautiful creek though! (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. Tough downhill and back up, but the hike through was great, totally worth an overnight or 2 night trip. Thinking about doing this trail next weekend. | Derek von Briesen. you can keep going if you want! You are exposed to the sun 90% of the time, only shade is at creek crossings. The trail is mostly clear and blazed, but not bike friendly. The trail is nice and the water crossings are fun. There are 4 water crossings. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time! Water in the desert is always a rare and magical thing. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Come early parking lot is full by 9am! Wilderness Trail. GO EARLY!! hiking views wildlife 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. The Clear Creek Trail was built in 1934 and 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corp (Company 818). Summary: An interesting hike that takes you to a nice creek. Long and strenuous if you try to complete the entire trail in one day (not recommended). 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. Does anyone know who has been there recently if there is water? It’s one of the most beautiful places anywhere. 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. 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. Shade here and there. 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. Drive about 9 miles on FR 618 to FR 215 and turn east about 3 miles to the Bullpen Ranch trailhead. Anything you step on will be slippery. 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. moderate is about right. is rocky and bumpy at several spots; we drove a Honda CRV and drove slowly to maneuver jagged rocks. Camped 2 nights at this spot and traveled further in without much gear and swam through areas. The cairns will guide you down but look for orange tape when the brush thickens. Well-marked trail, pretty exposed to the sun at first. I went Memorial Day weekend and got there early. Hi! West Clear is a easy hiking trail with some shaded areas. I brought my pups and thankfully they are trained for this but I'll never do it again, it was just too darn hot. camped close by and started around 8. not much close to the water so that was okay for us. The dirt road to get there is bumpy and only wide enough for a single vehicle in places. Scenery is beautiful. Fido can roam off leash on this trail that is faint yet hard to get lost on. The trailhead is located at the end of the bumpy road, at a place called Bull Pen Ranch. It was not crowded on a Thursday mid-morning. 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. At the same time, Clear Creek was stocked with trout so that visitors could do a bit of fishing. crossed it about 3 times. Photo: West Clear Creek’s serene water mirrors surrounding red-rock buttes. The east side utilizes a vacated road as trail to the Pedestrian Bridge. Follow this primitive road about 1 mile to a rock-pile cairn that marks the trailhead. Trailhead Directions: From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive … As you cross into the wilderness, you’ll see Black Mountain to the south and the Blodgett Basin to the north. Length: 11 miles round-trip Leave the highway at the AZ 179 exit and turn east under the freeway. Overall, West Clear Creek Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in Arizona. In between those two points are three major layers of rock: Supai formation, Coconino sandstone and volcanic deposits. 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. An out and back hike from the north side of West Clear Creek to a nice waterfall. So please hike Sedona, help others, and rate a trail today! 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. came in from the valley to escape the heat and WOW- I started around 9:3am-ish and the morning glow was beautiful. Here’s a trail guide for The Hanging Gardens in the West Clear Creek Wilderness, Arizona. Went in about 7:30am May 18, from Bull Pen with my LabDood. Make sure you take a hat, WATER, and hiking boots they really saved my toes. © Copyright 2020 Arizona Department of Transportation, State of Arizona. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. So bring tons of sun screen, water, and snacks! This is the “trail” down to West Clear Creek. This trail is steep as it drops into West Clear creek and there is some scrambling involved, but nothing too scary. Total Nerdery. 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. couldn’t believe how beautiful it was the entire hike. First Post - West Clear Creek - Tramway Trail This beautiful canyon offers natural springs, secret side canyons, and ample pools for fishing and swimming. Whatever might have been swimming in that water is long gone, but fossils remain. 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. 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! 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. 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. Difficulty: Easy This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Canyon Wilderness. But that is just a small part of what there is to see in this remarkable place. Keep in mind, if you do find an ancient relic, it’s a federal offense to remove it or disturb it. Lots of pretty scenery in the valley and along the creek. 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 views of the canyon are impressive. I use quotes because this isn’t much of a trail at all. There are three river crossings in the 8.8 mile hike. 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. Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the trail to Clear Creek in 1933. the trail requires some river walking and the water also feels amazing and is super clean. Lots of snakes. West Clear Creek is a gorgeous walled-in stream within Verde Valley, some distance south of Flagstaff. This trail provides the only marked and maintained access to the lower reaches of West Clear Creek Wilderness. It was originally built as a mule trail so visitors at Phantom Ranch would be able to gain access to a scenic side canyon. All rights reserved. Back then, Arizona was mostly under a shallow sea. Trailhead GPS: N 34˚32.338', W 111˚41.510' This hike uses Trail #17 to access the creek, then heads off trail up the stream bed. Everything from black bears, elk, mountain lions and mule deer to skunks, badgers and bobcats. 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. 2 things- the way in is a ROUGH up and down dirt road not built for small cars, and bring water shoes/bathing suits! Pick up your trash ppl. 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. Horses Allowed: Yes Also careful with jumping on rocks in the water very slippery!! and don't take a small car, the dirt road to get to the trailhead is rocky and awkward to maneuver. Hike up West Clear Creek using the Bull Pen Ranch trail on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. You’ll get a sense of just how spectacular it is as you drive in. The trail continues on both sides of the creek to Myhre Road. Wear a wide rim hat and long sleeve sun shirt! It’s very steep and full of loose rock and dirt. West Clear Creek Trail No. The downstream end of the trail attracts large … Ways to get down to the water from near the top. From the top of the rim to the bottom is 0.7 miles and about 750 ft of elevation loss. 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. 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. West Clear Creek Trail Hike. There is parking available on the west side of the creek behind the businesses even during business hours. 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. Unlike its dammed sister East Clear Creek (dammed at Blue Ridge Res. All Star Lanes Trailhead. Remember to help out someone in need maybe it could be you next time!! 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. Cool water and green trees fill this this shady oasis in an otherwise rugged desert. 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. Sand dunes, snakes, scorpions ... there’s a long list of stereotypes about Arizona. Jul 16, 2018. 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). Reproduction in part or whole without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Just retrace your steps and enjoy the views. The images on this website are copyrighted. so much contrast on this hike. 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. 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. Long, hot, rocky but end point was worth it! The trail is pretty level through with a few inclines and river crossings. 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. 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. So beautiful throughout whole trip. At the bottom you'll end up at West Clear creek… I slid and fell a few times on the way down. The West Clear Creek wilderness is truly worthy of extended exploration. at the end is a pool to Wade in or camp. This is one of the few trailheads allowing access to this area from the south side. Bob Bear Trail (Formerly Fossil Springs Trail), Indian Maiden Falls via West Clear Creek Trail. The first 1/4 mile will be mostly hike a bike. 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