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The Bell Rock Trail - The Final Ascent (Section Home Page)

The hike to the top of Bell Rock can be divided into three legs:

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The Final Ascent

The base of the Upper Slide Area marks the start of The Ascent portion of the climb, leading to the top of a spire (see purple arrow). 



    

Two routes can be taken.  The first is a direct ascent up the Upper Slide Area.  The hikers in the picture to the right are going down not up the Upper Slide Area.  The second is climbing a route to the left (east - blue arrow) which winds around the eastern portion of Bell Rock and leads to the top of the Upper Slide Area .

After the top of the Upper Slide Area is reached, the route to the top of the spire (purple arrow) is shown by the blue line.  This is a moderate climb with many rock steps. 


The eastern route is the easiest, leading up the east side of the spire and encircles it above the Upper Slide Area.  From here, it is a moderate climb to the top of the spire.   Red arrow is end of the climb.




Trail View as Indexed From Aerial Photographs:   The aerial view of the upper portion of Bell Rock is shown to the right.  The numbers in Yellow have hyperlinks and correspond to the Yellow numbers below. 
 
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View of Final Ascent From Base of Bell Rock Using a Telephoto Lens.   Go to Telephoto View of Final Ascent 

 
Bell Rock Trail to the Top of the Spire  

(1)  The second alternate route is the Upper Slide Area.  This route is a 45 degree or greater direct ascent up the northern face.  This appears to be challenging and possibly dangerous since footing is tenuous and hikers from above may cause loose rocks to descend down the slope.   



The Eastern Route: 

(2)  The eastern route is to the left of the slide area and is shown in the picture to the right.    An initial five foot climb is required. 

 

View of the small plateau, looking up Bell Rock. 


 (3)  After the initial climb, the small plateau is reached.  The views are great in all directions. 


Bell Rock - Half Way Up

View looking down Bell Rock - Eastern slope.


Looking back at the small plateau area.


View to the east of Courthouse Butte. 


Image looking down Bell Rock - to the north.


(4)  View to the south showing the next leg of the route to be taken.  A dirt footpath leads to a 10 foot rock climb.


(5)  The 10 foot rock climb leads to a gently sloping path to the top of the Upper Slide Area on the northern side of Bell Rock.


 (6)  A gently sloping dirt path ascends the eastern portion of Bell Rock..


(7)  The path turns into a rock ledge on the northern side of Bell Rock.  This ledge leads to the to of the top of the Upper Slide Area.


(12)  From the top of the Upper Slide Area, some daring hikers can be seen attempting to climb up the slide.


(8)  A short ascent leads the hiker to an alcove area.  The picture shows a view looking to the west.


(9)  On the eastern side of the alcove, rock steps lead to the top of the spires. 


 (10)  Two spires are on the eastern side.  This view is looking west toward the alcove from the base of one of the spires.   To the left, is Bell Rock.  The spire in the center of the picture is on the west side of the alcove.  The spire on the right side of the picture is on the east side of the alcove 


(11)  This picture is taken from the top of one of the spires, looking north.  Rock steps are seen leading up the northern spire.  


View from on top of a spire looking north.


(10) View from on top of a spire looking down and to the north.  


View from on top of the spire, looking directly down.


One may descend the way you came or go down the slide area.  If the latter is chosen, it is safest to go down on all fives (hands, feet and bottom).


 


 
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