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Intro to Backpacking – West Clear Creek
October 28, 2017 @ 7:00 am - October 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Fee is $10 for gas.
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Where: Short steep drop into the middle part of West Clear Creek Wilderness – 6.8 miles total.
When: Depart Saturday, October 28th, 2017.
7:00 A.M. from Madison #1 North Parking Lot.
Return Sunday, October 29th, 2017 Mid to late afternoon.
What: Overnight backpack trip into remote and wild West Clear Creek.
We will start hiking at the top of the trail and leave a vehicle at the bottom. We will camp overnight along the creek. When we hike out on Sunday, adults will be shuttled back to the top to get their vehicles and pick up the boys at the bottom. This way, we don’t have to hike back up 1700 feet.
You’ll drop 1,700 feet in about 2.5 miles on this trail, enjoying good views of scenic West Clear Creek Canyon along the way. The trail begins on a pinon juniper flat and switchbacks down a moderately steep slope into the canyon. The trail was constructed as a route to move cattle between seasonal pastures. It still serves that purpose, at the same time being a recreational resource for forest visitors.
As you follow its winding route, you’ll want to take time out from watching where you step to take advantage of the excellent view of one of the rarest habitats in the world. West Clear Creek is home to a healthy example of a desert riparian zone. Some would call it an oasis. It supports an exceptionally diverse plant and animal community. Biologists say that up to 80% of Arizona’s wildlife species are dependent on this productive habitat.
The trail arrives at West Clear Creek at an area that is popular for fishing, camping, and just plain splashing around.
Packing demonstration will take place during 10/18 meeting.
Backpack stove with fuel Lighter
Cooking pan and utensils Biodegradable soap
**We’ll check the weather conditions, prior to departure, to determine extra gear requirements.
WEST CLEAR CREEK DIRECTIONS
Take I-17 to HWY 260 (Camp Verde exit)
1) Turn right once exiting the freeway
2) Turn left onto Forest Road 618
3) When you get to Forest Road 214, Turn right and drive 4 miles to the trailhead.
4) The trailhead is on the right side of the road, just beyond the cattle guard.