Wet Beaver Creek Near Sedona
COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA
- Type: hike/cliff jumping
- Total Length: 7 miles out-and-back
- Time: 3 hours
- Season: spring - fall
- Elevation Gain: 340 feet
- Popularity: high
- Fee: none
- Fun Factor: 8 of 10
- Challenge: 3 of 10
- Beauty: 7 of 10
- Credibility: 4 visits since 2015.
- Water: trail-side creek
- Place to hammock? yes!
- Camping: prohibited
- Dogs: yes*
This location is also known locally as "The Crack"; it is easily one of my favorite adventures in Arizona. The pool can get pretty busy, but the 7 miles of hiking deter a lot of people. I think the hike is just part of what makes this place so amazing.
The "beaver's tongue" is a great place for initiation; it's basically a natural diving board (without the spring). You can also swim to the opposite side of "the crack" and climb up. It can seem a bit sketchy, but there are great handholds. This side offers a an extra 5 or so meters to your jump.
After I've spent some time goofing off and jumping in, I like to explore the shaded area upstream a little.
You'll find Bell Trail #13 just off exit 298 from I-17. No special vehicle is required to reach the parking lot which is located here.
There is almost no shade on this trail unless you hike the creek - which is beautiful, but it takes a LOT longer. The trail is wide and well-worn from start to finish; it begins in the flat of a valley before rising slightly in elevation around the halfway mark. This heightened perspective provides a beautiful view of the surrounding area with multiple photo opportunities.
The trail splits just before you reach the pool, but both lead to the same place 100 meters ahead.
*The trail offers very little shade, so make sure your dog is accustomed to hiking on hot and rocky terrain. Bring plenty of water for them.
Getting to Trailhead:
Trailheads don't get much easier to reach than this. It's all paved roads to the dirt parking lot and just 2.2 miles off I-17.
Trailhead coordinates: 34°40'27.7"N 111°42'48.4"W