Bell Crossing

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When the rancher, Charles Bell, developed his cattle trail in the 1930s, there were some good chances that he never dreamed it would be a good spot for hikers. After a hot, long 3.5-mile hike across a basically scenic landscape, the crossing – where Wet Beaver Creek crosses the Bell Trail – looks like an oasis, shaded by ash, willows, sycamores, and cottonwoods.

To get to the swimming hole, sometimes known as “the Crack,” go on up the stream from the crossing to a number of wide, and, in many places, modestly deep pools along the creek, which are great for a quick dip. Even though it can be sort of a tussle in some places to get beyond the Crack, the farther you go in, the fewer the people there are.

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