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Bell Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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).
This is a great trail and when you get to the crossing veer left to follow a side trail about 50 feet to big rock ledges over deep pools in the creek. The downside-tons and tons of people. It was bad in the middle of January and I've since been back in March and it's crazy! Parking lot looks like you could be at Wal-Mart. There's few places more beautiful though, so depends on what you're looking for.
The trail is easy for the first 3.5 miles before crossing the creek and climbing steeply. The trail is much less travelled at this point, and it's a further 1.5 miles to the rim, where you get a good view of the canyon and the San Francisco mountains to the North.
What was nice about this trail is how close it starts from I-17 and heads east. You won’t get lost. When you get back in their is a nice area where you can go swimming and if you are into jumping of the cliffs (up to 38ft. into very deep water) in you own little oasis this is the place. Right now everything is so green and lush it makes for a great day trip or a overnight stay. Watch your food. Lima’s could be very active getting your food at night
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