Hike | Wet Beaver | Coconino National Forest
Half an hour outside of Sedona there’s a moderate hiking trail that leads you to a secluded water hole. This trail provides minimum shade, so it’s best to head out early in the morning to avoid the blazing sun and also to beat the crowd! This hike offers breathtaking views and even has great spots for cliff jumping!
- Length: 6.9 Miles
- Trail Type: Out and Back
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 587 FT.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Dog Friendly: Yes. Must be on Leash.
- Accessibility: Well maintained dirt road leads to the parking lot.
- Fee/Permit: None
Before you get started on this trail don’t forget to take advantage of the outhouse located in the parking lot. The beginning of this hike is pretty bland, but I promise the farther down the trail you go, the better it gets. You can vaguely hear the creek flowing in the distance as you walk along. The first half of this hike is definitely the easiest part, there’s a slight, almost unnoticeable incline and the path isn’t too rocky.
Eventually, you’ll reach a sign that reads “Wet Beaver Wilderness.” This means you only have about 1.5 miles left. This is the most difficult part of the hike, the scenery starts to change, and the path begins to follow along a cliffside. Slowly you gain elevation above the creek and the trail winds back and forth, when you’re about halfway through you can see across the whole valley.
After you’ve finally finished your 3.5 mile trek, you come face to face with the creek. This is a peaceful, less populated spot that is great to relax at. However, about a hundred feet to the left after hopping across some wobbly rocks you’ll find the water hole! There’s an easy path you can scramble up to get on top of a little cliff. I recommend bringing a blanket with you and laying it out on top so you can kick back with some lunch. This is where you can also cliff jump, just make sure and do so with caution. The water will definitely be cold but it’ll be so refreshing!
This is such a dreamy trail, and you’ll be sure to leave with great pictures! Keep in mind the hike back will be a lot hotter, It’s completely worth it though. If you have a water filtration system make sure to fill up your water bottles at the creek before you head back. There is hardly any shade on this trail so you will definitely need the water. (Another tip to keep cool is to bring a bandana to soak in the cold creek and hang over your neck for the hike back!)
If you’re coming from the Phoenix area, take the 17N heading to Sedona. There is an overflow parking lot incase the main one fills up.
- This is such a perfect hike to pack a picnic for. Just make sure to clean up after yourselves and pack it out!
- Bring at least 1 gallon of water per person! Also Bring a water filtration system if able.
- Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and a towel!
- KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SNAKES IN THE SUMMERTIME.
* Please remember to hike at your own risk. To learn more please refer to our Hiking Disclaimer.