Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bell Trail Day Hike


when? Saturday, April 26, 2014
  Trip Report : October 29, 2011
  Trip Report : May 5, 2007
where? Sedona east of Sedona I-17 exit
the hike The Bell Trail is located in the Wet Beaver Wilderness area about 15 miles from downtown Sedona, just off the I-17 Freeway. For the most part, the trail follows a route along a bench well above Wet Beaver Creek. A number of side trails, however, lead down to the waterside. The trail was built by a cattle rancher named Earl Bell in 1932, as a means for taking his cattle to the top of the Mogollon Rim in the spring. We will hike the first 3.5 miles of the trail to Bell Crossing, where the trail crosses the creek, and then we will return the way we came. The water may be a bit chilly by then, but you are welcome to dip your toes in (or more, depending on the weather and your chill tolerance!).
distance 7 miles round trip
time 4-5 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
elevations 3820' (Trailhead) to 4320' (Bell Crossing)
on trail 100% — Bell Trail #13
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $1/member or $3/non-member.
weather Sedona
leader     Email the leader to confirm.
meet 6:30 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
drive On I-17, continue north to the Highway 179 turnoff to Sedona. Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 618 (Beaver Creek Road) and follow the signs to FR 618A on the left side of the road (about 2.2 miles). Turn onto FR 618A and drive for a quarter-mile to the Bell Trail parking area. FR 618 and FR 618A are both passable for passenger cars, unless there has been a lot of recent rainfall. There are restrooms at the trailhead.


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