Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 09:33:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Robt. Blake" <flagstaffhikingclub@...
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Subject: This weekend's hike/last Sat. + photographs
To: "Flagstaff Club" <flagstaffhikingclub@...
1.) This Saturday's hike
2.) Long Canyon + the potluck
1.) This Saturday's hike
Wet Beaver Creek: dayhike or backpack. Saturday---but,
Friday, Mary Gavan, one of her NAU classmates, and I
will hike about 100 yards past the end of the Bell
Trail and find campsites and grab the best area
available for you folks.
Saturday, everyone else---dayhikers and
backpackers---will assemble at the end of West Birch
Street at 8 a.m. and come down and join us---driving
42 miles south on I-17 to the Sedona exit but will
turn left---back under I-17 and go a few miles east to
the Beaver Creek Ranger Station turnoff and then into
the parking lot for the Wet Beaver Creek trailhead.
They will then hike 4 miles to the end of the trail
and the most popular pool. Here, we will have both
parties meet. After some cooling off in the pool, some
will loaf around the pool---others will hike 1.5 miles
beyond the trail's end to the prettiest half mile
stretch. I bought a Casio Exilim specifically so that
I would have a camera that fits into an otterbox.
Waterproof to depth and nearly crushproof for most
hiking circumstances. I have wanted to photograph this
area for a long time---but, there are a few DOZEN
stream crossings AND some deep swimming stretches.
Wear boots you don't mind getting wet!!!!!!
Don't try to contact me Friday---I will be gone
getting the campsites. No email access after Thursday
So far, Betty Sweigart---our oldest member---is going
for a Wet Beaver dayhike. She is also planning to go
on the car camp Les and I are leading the next
weekend---with Les and I going a day early to grab the
nicest campsites for you folks.
See below: PS If anyone else wants to go down from
Flagstaff Friday---we will ne another car. Mine is a
Wet Beaver Creek
This clear, cool brook remains pleasantly secluded in
the deep red rock canyon it has cut into the southern
rim of the Colorado Plateau. For much of its length,
the land bordering Wet Beaver Creek has been declared
a wilderness area. In addition to the opportunities
for solitude such an area offers, the stream's pools
and riffles are a popular place to fish, hike, swim,
and birdwatch.The waters of the stream are stocked
with trout. The lush riparian area beside its banks is
alive with a full palette of songbirds. The desert
beyond that oasis bristles with the highly adapted
plants of the upper Sonoran Desert.
Location: 45 miles south of Flagstaff on graveled
Forest Roads in scenic rim country. Elevation is 3,800
feet. Access: Drive south from Flagstaff on I-17 to
the AZ Highway 179 exit. Leave the freeway here and
drive 2 miles east on Forest Road 618 to the
campground. FR 618 is graveled and suitable for sedans
in most weather.
Campground Season: All year at Beaver Creek
Campground. Location: 45 miles south of Flagstaff on a
graveled Forest Road in scenic rim country. Elevation
is 3,800 feet.
Attractions: Fishing, Camping, Waterplay, Hiking,
Sightseeing, Wildlife viewing, Photography
Facilities: 13 single unit campsites with tables, fire
rings, cooking grills, Drinking water and vault
toilets at, Beaver Creek Campground., Picnic area,
Hiking trails, Wilderness Area
Don't forget your sunscreen.
No mechanical vehicles in Wilderness.
For more information contact:
Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 20249, Sedona AZ
86341, (928) 282-4119
The Red Rock Ranger District is operating,
temporarily, out of the "Old Beaver Creek Ranger
Station" location (see map).
2.) Long Canyon and the potluck
this looks posed:
Map???? I though YOU brought the map?????
A blaze so we will not lose the trail:
On the way out:
Walt: last hike: 1990's: last potluck (picnic) early
Our earliest still active member: Betty Sweigert---see
her on our next two hikes:
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