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A fun singletrack trail with some rocky sections leading to the beautiful Oak Creek.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Point to Point

4,296' 1,309 m

High

3,976' 1,212 m

Low

84' 26 m

Up

400' 122 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Description

Starting at Slim Shady Trail, this trail heads west, past the popular Cathedral Rock trail, to a beautiful lunch spot on Oak Creek, then connects to the Baldwin Loop.

Templeton is more difficult than Slim Shady. The first section from Slim Shady is fairly smooth, with only a few very short rocky areas, but mostly just twisty cruising. The trail turns to 100% red rock as you contour around and cross the Cathedral Rock Trail.

The descent from Cathedral Rock area is the trickiest part of the trail. You'll follow several switchbacks and hike over a sustained rocky section before reaching the bottom. Here, you'll be rewarded with a much more lush area along Oak Creek. There are plenty of spots for a dip if you're hot, then a rocky section to the end where Baldwin Loop starts.

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#332

in Arizona

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Photos

Swimming hole on Oak Creek
Jul 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Templeton Trail
Nov 12, 2023 near Village…, AZ
Cathedral Rock, Arizona can only be done justice by seeing it in person.
Feb 24, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
On the Templeton Trail
Jan 18, 2022 near West Se…, AZ
High desert scenery on the Templeton Trail
Mar 18, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
Oak Creek from the Templeton Trail.
Jan 18, 2022 near West Se…, AZ

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Nov 12, 2023
Stewart Carnes
From Aravaipa Parking area to Cathedral Rock and back
May 24, 2023
David Walsh
Feb 23, 2023
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May 28, 2022
Marc Corona
Apr 23, 2022
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Mar 9, 2022
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Jan 14, 2022
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