Bell Trail #13 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Yavapai County, Arizona. It is within Coconino National Forest and Wet Beaver Wilderness Area. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 3,872 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,734 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking.
Bell Trail #13 Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is a popular summer hike along Wet Beaver Creek in the Wet Beaver Wilderness. The trail climbs to the Mogollon Rim for some good views. The trail stays along the north side of Wet Beaver Creek. Stands of Fremont cottonwood and other riparian vegetation crowd the creek, but there are several short side trails down to the water. One of several permanent streams flowing through the canyons below the Mogollon Rim, Wet Beaver Creek is very popular during the summer. As you continue up the canyon, notice how the slope to the left, which is sunnier and drier, features a nearly pure stand of juniper trees. On the other hand, the slope to the right faces north and is cooler and moister; it supports a mixed stand of juniper and pinyon. Evidently the pinyon pines require just a bit more moisture, and possibly cooler temperatures, than the junipers. Very slight changes in climate can have a dramatic effect on plant and animal communities."
--Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona (Falcon Guides).
"The canyon ecosystem goes from high chaparral on the slopes to deep riparian glades along the creek. Th e farther you go, the fewer the people and the better the scenery. Th e easy hike takes Bell Trail 13 to Wier Trail 85, leading to the gauging station, swimming holes, and springs. Th e long hike takes Bell Trail 13 all the way up to Bell Crossing, where it fi nally crosses Wet Beaver Creek 4 miles up the canyon."
--Tony Padegimas, Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona (Menasha Ridge Press).
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