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This Secret Hike in Arizona will Lead You to Lush Greenery and Dreamy Hanging Gardens

Suny Errot



A real adventure is one that leads you to an undiscovered place or a real isolated wilderness area that is too beautiful to picture out. If you happen to be in Arizona, this “real adventure” would probably whisk you away to a magical world, with lush greenery, hanging gardens, and towering trees. It’s time to for you to discover this wonderful green oasis that is the West Clear Creek Wilderness. There’s beauty and challenge at every turn. Check this out!

West Clear Creek Wilderness is A Magical World With Lush Flora and Fauna

Just look at this wonderful place. It looks like the secret garden frequented by magical winged creatures (ehem, fairies!). With its lush flora and fauna visible from the rocks and hanging down from the cliffsides, you surely can’t ask for a better view. This green oasis is all you need to find tranquility, clear your thoughts, and melt the negativity you’re carrying away.

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The hike going here would prove to be such a visual delight. Why? Just look around you! You will see nature at its very best. It’s not a common sighting if you’re in the city.

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Prepare to wander past the cliff faces, take shade under the tall trees, jump on stones, and go past water crossings.

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You will find beauty and challenge in every turn, and you can take comfort in the fact that you will be rewarded at the very end. You won’t complain even if you get tired. This place is a little slice of heaven. The clear water is also refreshing. Once you see it, you’ll get why it’s aptly named “Clear Creek.”

This Secret Spot is One of Coconino National Forest’s Gems

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The West Clear Creek Wilderness is actually a secret spot nestled in the Coconino National Forest. You can reach it by following the small path that runs along the creek. Soon, you’ll discover that the path weaves through the trees and you’ll reach the magical world that seems like a fairy’s land.

In detail, the West Clear Creek Wilderness is a 15,238-acre wilderness area formed by the junction of Willow Creek and Clover Creek in the Mogollon Rim. The Mogollon Rim is known as the major part of the Arizona transition zone found at the southwest of the Colorado Plateau of Utah-Colorado, and Arizona-New Mexico.

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You can find the area east of Camp Verde. It’s practically booming with plants and animals and has extremely cold water. We know what you’re thinking. It’s perfect for hot summer days! We can already imaging the refreshing water and we just want to teleport here asap.

Are you ready to visit this beautiful place? Then head over to the West Clear Creek Trail right away. It is an 8.8-mile out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona.

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The going will be easy, and you will be treated to beautiful wildlife and lush greenery. However, the hike might get challenging at times. Remember that it’s okay to take a break. You don’t need to push yourself too much. Just wander deeper into the wilderness and escape the heat. The trail is the longest and most-used trail within the wilderness. Still, it’s awe-inspiring.

If you are ready to take on the West Clear Creek Wilderness adventure, expect going past four crossings that range from knee-height to impassable. This depends on the time of year you’re going, the weather, and flooding. Remember to bring water if you need to hydrate and re-energize along the way. While the trail allows you to cool down with the river crossings, it’s best if you still drink water.

Many Consider This Area a Backpacking Gem, and We Completely Understand Why

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Just look at the hanging gardens! With a view as beautiful as this, you’d definitely want to come back again and again. This place is remote and inaccessible, so it is the perfect spot if you want to experience total solitude or primitive recreation. You can also visit if you’re into nature photography and just want to capture this beautiful wilderness area in Arizona.

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Aside from the hanging garden, there’s also a mini waterfall that forms from the rock overhang, and we think it’s the best place to take a photo. It’s definitely Insta-worthy! Of course, just tell your photographer friend to stand back and take the shot from a good angle.

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It looks magical, and it would be twice as wonderful if you get to see it with your loved one.

Some of the common activities done here include swimming, hunting, camping, fishing, backpacking, and hiking.

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Or if you prefer to laze around, it’s also not a bad idea to just ride a cool oyster floatie. You’ll look super cute!

If you think a perfect day doesn’t exist, think again!  Overall, this is just a fun and easy hike.

Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=74374
Location: Location: Latitude: 34°32’24.8″N, Longitude: 111°42’28.1″W

Note: Please remember to practice social distancing and other safety measures if you plan to explore the outdoors. We are living in the new normal, so you should always be cautious even if there are only a few COVID-19 cases in the area you’re visiting. Also, please respect the environment. If you’re bringing snacks, don’t just throw the trash somewhere along the trail. Carry your trash and just leave nature better than you found it.

Are you looking to cool off the heat this summer? You should take a look at the 5 hidden beaches in Arizona or this gorgeous natural waterpark in Sedona. If you want something different, you can just float down Verde River and taste the best wine on this magical tour!