|when||Trip Report : May 16, 2015|
|Trip Report : April 27, 2014|
|Trip Report : October 29, 2011|
|Trip Report : May 5, 2007|
|where||Sedona, east of Sedona I-17 exit|
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, but you are welcome to dip your toes in (or more, depending on the weather and your chill tolerance!).
|distance||7 miles round trip|
|EC||+-500' elevation change|
|elevations||3820' (Trailhead) to 4320' (Bell Crossing)|
|on trail||100% — Bell Trail #13|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||7:00 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.|
• Go north on I-17 to the Highway 179 turnoff for Sedona.
• Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 618 (Beaver Creek Road).
• 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.
• Both FR 618 and FR 618A are passable by passenger cars, unless there has been a lot of recent rainfall. There are restrooms at the trailhead.
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