Hike to and Swim at the Bull Pen, AZ

Rate this Adventure Arizona Bull Pen Road - West Clear Creek

Added by Aaron Maltby

Some of the highlights of this hike are: beautiful scenery, amazing swimming holes, a super fun rope swing, and cliff jumping.

This trail starts at the end of Bullpen Rd and your adventure begins in beautiful thickets of trees and plants. The going is easy and the tempting sound of rushing water is on your right as you continue parallel to West Clear Creek. The trail will veer left up a rocky old service road but pay attention, there will be a side trail marked with a cairn on your right about halfway up the hill. Continue on longer and your first views of the beautiful creek and a nice swimming hole will be on your right.

If you still aren't satisfied, the gem of Bullpen is still farther on your right. Again veer right at the next fork and an old service zip line should be on your right. Follow that down to the water and behold the gem of Bullpen! Enjoy the refreshing water by taking a swim or swing on in on the rope swing! But for those feeling adventurous feel free to do a little cliff jumping!

If you're looking for a nice secluded place for a picnic or just a little solitude continue up the creek further and explore what lush and beautiful views West Clear Creek has to offer.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Bathing suit
  • Water shoes
  • Sunscreen
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Activities:

Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Swimming

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Distance:

10 Miles

Elev. Gain:

350 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Cliff Jumping
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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Added by Aaron Maltby

Hi my name is Aaron Maltby. I spend most of my free time exploring all the beauty Arizona has to offer. Whether it be cliff jumping or kayaking I believe that most things worth seeing come from the greatest struggle of the search.

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