We bumped into a couple from Montana the other day while hiking an off-the-beaten-path trail outside of Camp Verde, Arizona. Both raved about the nearby Bell Trail, claiming the hike was beautiful and led to an intriguing feature not to be missed. “Be sure to go to the end of the trail to see The Crack,” they advised.
The trail became rougher and rocky as it climbed higher. Soon we found ourselves among towering red rock cliffs, with the creek far below us. As we came around the last bend there it was. We saw several groups of people gathered above it…The Crack. Reg found a perfect lunch spot and we settled in to watch who might be brave enough to take it on.
From our perch we could see the deep channel the creek cut between the rocky cliffs. What appeared to be a deep pool of water flowed between rapids both upstream and downstream, creating a tempting swimming hole after a long hot hike. We had heard that only the bravest jumped from the cliff, a plunge of about 20 feet.
We heard whoops and screams as a few hardy folks made their way to the water’s edge and took a dip. Cold was the consensus of the courageous few.
Friends Kathy and Doug joined us for three days, helping us kickoff our two-week stay near Sedona, Arizona. A 5 1/2- mile hike up the Brins Mesa Trail and down Soldiers Pass Trail got us a closeup view of some of the gorgeous red cliffs and rocks that Sedona is famous for.
On our own and looking to avoid the crowds, Reg and I drove a few miles south in search of the Copper Canyon trailhead outside of Camp Verde. We were pleasantly surprised with the 3.9-mile hike. Believe it or not, sometimes it’s nice to escape all that beautiful red rock.
So, on this rainy afternoon, week 2 is winding down. We expect to explore more of the dusty Sedona trails as week 3 unfolds. Check back and I’ll let you know what we discover.