Wier Trail No. 85
The Wier Trail branches off the Bell Trail at the Wet Beaver Wilderness boundary, roughly 2.7 miles from the Bell Trailhead. From the junction, the trail drops to nearly creek level, where one can see the USGS creek gauging station. This station is used to record important stream-flow information; please do not climb on the structure or tamper with the equipment.
The vegetation found near the junction of the Bell Trail and Wier Trail is typical Upper Sonoran species: prickly pear, agave, catclaw and juniper. Once the trail reaches the creek the vegetation changes dramatically. The Upper Sonoran species are replaced by riparian vegetation consisting of Arizona black walnut, willow, ash, sycamore, cottonwood, canyon grape, blackberries, and poison ivy (learn to identify and avoid this three-leaved plant).
The numerous deep pools in the creek contain introduced trout and bass, and the native round-tail chub. The trail continues upstream, with mild inclines and declines as it follows the contour of the canyon, and ends at a large cobbled area where the creek comes in from the northeast.
Wilderness areas are rare, wild places set aside by Congress where the land is allowed to retain its natural state, serving as a natural haven for humans to escape modern civilization and for nature to be itself. To help minimize human impacts in wilderness and maintain its character, several laws and regulations have been put in place and we ask that visitors practice "Leave No Trace ethics."
In order to protect this fragile desert riparian area, campfires and camping are prohibited along much of the Wet Beaver Creek to help minimize damage to soil and vegetation, reduce disturbances to wildlife, and prevent pollution of the creek. Wet Beaver Creek flows into the Verde River, a critical water source for many cities and communities in Arizona.
At a Glance
|Closest Towns:||Sedona, AZ|
|Operated By:||Red Rock District - 928-203-2900|
Location: 43 miles south of Flagstaff on paved and all-weather graveled roads.
Access: From I-17 turn east at exit 298. Go approximately 2 miles to FR 656. Turn left and drive the the parking lot. Hike 2.5 miles to the junction of Bell Trail and the Wier Trail.
GPS (Map): 34°40'25.5"N 111°42'48.0"W
- Forest Service Topo Map (FSTopo Geo-enable PDF):
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Length: 0.75 miles (2.75 miles from beginning of the Bell Trail)
Hiking Time: 45 minutes
- Pets must be on leash.
- Do not disturb cultural/archeology sites. (Antiquity’s Act 1906)
- No motorized equipment or vehicles allowed. (Wilderness Act 1964)
- No motorized or mechanized transport (ie... bicycles, strollers, etc) allowed. (Wilderness Act 1964)
- Day Use Only. (No camping or campfires on the Bell Trail and Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness Areas - See Forest Order and Map [PDF])
- The trail is poorly marked and hard to follow across the high plateau where there is also no water.
- The sign at the Bell Trailhead is correct in that we discourage trailers at this Trailhead. That is the reason we constructed the Bruce Brockett Trailhead (just north of the Bell Trailhead) for trailers and equestrian trailer parking and the trail from this trailhead connects to the Bell Trail.