Hike to 'The Crack' at Wet Beaver Creek

Bell Trailhead

This 7-mile out-and-back hike will reward you with a rad swimming hole to cool off and perfect your cannonball.

'The Crack' is a cliff jumper's dream, but it also offers something for everyone, with smooth rocks for sunbathing and shallow waters for wading. To get to The Crack, it's about a 3.5-mile hike each way, making it slightly less popular than Sedona's more accessible swimming holes. While you only gain about 500 feet of elevation, the hot desert sun is what makes this hike tough - but the swimming hole makes it totally worth it.

You'll park at the Bell Trailhead in a well-marked parking lot (just follow the signs for Beaver Creek Work Center). There are pit toilets at the trailhead and no fee or permit required to park there. On nice days during fall and spring, the parking lot can fill up, in which case you can park in the overflow parking areas (you'll see signs before arriving at the trailhead).

From the parking lot, follow the signs for Bell Trail. There will be two times where you'll come to a fork in the trail - once at Weir Trail and once to pass the creek - stay to the left both times. Not long after you pass the second fork, you'll arrive at the swimming hole. All that's left to do is choose a spot and jump in! And then hike back, of course...

Sidenote: No cell service is available on the trail or at the swimming hole.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks/Lunch
  • Music
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RT Distance 7 Miles
Elevation Gain 500 Feet
Activities Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
River
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Complete Madhouse

As mentioned, the second half of the hike is really pretty. The day we went, an ASU Frat also showed up, and kind of spoiled it for us. Lots of drinking and partying, with 100+ people at the swimming hole. If you go, go early in the morning or during the week!

Worthwhile Cool Down

Really great hike. Some of the most lovely views! Not too difficult, bring plenty of water. The water at the crack is ice cold and it was not clear but muddy (beginning of August). This makes cliff jumping a little more iffy, because you can't see anything. Still an absolute blast.

Great Hike With Beautiful Reward

As mentioned by others - the beginning of this hike is rather dull, however the final third more than makes up for the lack luster beginning. (You know it's good when the wife wants to stop every 200 ft and snap a photo) The cliffs may not be as high as others, but they still can be just as fun. I would highly recommend going if you haven't!


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