East Clear Creek is pretty easy as a day run or a longer multi day. There are cattle roads that approach from both sides. For a day run you could drive up the east side heading south across the McHood reservoir bridge and drive as far as you want to run. 10 miles? 20 miles? depending on your skill level for a day. If you are running this day it will probably be easier to plan to rap in but there may be a hike down in there somewhere. Never having ran it I would plan on just stringing a rap line in if I only had a day. If I happened on a climb down, yeehaw. Directly above the reservoir there is a great climbing area. East Cleer Creek Climbing contains free water soloing, bolted routes(mostly difficult 11+) and cracks galore(5.8-12).
Approaching from the west side you are fenced off by the Hopi Trust Land which is run by a local rancher. He doesn't understand kayaking and thinks you are nuts but he is happy to give you the combination which is 1212 at the present. Close the gates and be cool. It's private property. If he changes the gate lock, call the # on the signs at the several entrances and meet him at the ranch house nearby and introduce yourself and let him know you are respectful. When I went their in January he asked me why I wanted in there and I said to check it out. He said don't you have any guns? I said no. Well you don't need to go in there then. ?? I finally told him I plan to kayak, he said I was crazy, but to let him know cause he wanted to see that cuz it wasn't smart
From the pictures from SMC I'd say it's plum not smart to miss
So the best spot I found for a possible overnight or long daily was a hike down right at SMC's 5th picture. On the rim there is a stone house(pump house) with a 2 inch pipe that runs all the way down to the river. You can see how tight it is in this spot of the 5th picture. From highway 87 theres a road that goes south to north around table top mountain(sunrise mt). This road runs right along the edge of the canyon with a few walk ins. If you run to the north end you will hit the stone house. If you have one night to Winslow put in at the southern edge because the river looks pretty doable, and the shuttle is closer. If you are running a nugget put in here and takeout at the rockhouse? From here it appeared to me it was easier to run a daily closer to the reservoir as it's 20 miles. I heard there's a few must portages definitely no park and huck. There can't be a few days left? I hope Im wrong.
Mountain lions up the wazoo too