Hike to 'The Crack' at Wet Beaver Creek

Arizona Bell Trailhead

Added by Brooke Van Poppelen

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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Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

500 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Adult Beverages
Cliff Jumping
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
River
Swimming Hole

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3 months ago

Favorite Cliff Jumping spot in AZ

This is the go-to spot for the ASU Outdoors Club's kick off trip. The short hike followed by an afternoon by the water is always a big hit. I've been here 3 times now, and although the hike is always hot at the end of August, the usually cool water feels so refreshing!

3 months ago

5 months ago

Ice Cold Water

Went here in late October. Started around 1pm. Beginning of the hike is on a trail almost wise enough for three people to walk comfortably side by side. It's a little boring walking on an easy trail, but the neat views help. At the first fork mentioned in the details, the trail gets more interesting, winding around the sides of red rock cliffs. "The Crack" was amazing: totally gorgeous and not huge, but definitely roomy enough to share if there were multiple groups there (we had it all to ourselves). The water was freeeeeezing, and I wish I had brought my Chackos so I could stand more solidly on the kind of slimy rocks underwater. But it felt so great to cool down after a hot hike. Would love to come back out here again.

5 months ago

12 months ago

Great All Day Hike/Hangout

The hike starts a bit boring but gets more scenic as you make your way into the canyon. It offers a few spots to quickly run down and enjoy the creek. As you near the "crack" don't be surprised to find 20+ people there enjoying it as well (thus the -1 star). Bring some goggles! The pools are pretty deep, and after you jump off the variety of cliffs you will want to check out what's underwater.

12 months ago

Added by Brooke Van Poppelen

In a few words, I am an adventure junkie, a pizza enthusiast and I’ve never met a dog I didn’t like. I left the corporate world for a life of adventure and haven't looked back.

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