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Templeton Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (4)

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


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Map Key

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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  3.8 from 4 votes

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Photos

Swimming hole on Oak Creek
Jul 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Cathedral Rock, Arizona can only be done justice by seeing it in person.
Feb 24, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
High desert scenery on the Templeton Trail
Mar 18, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
Oak Creek crowding near the Baldwin Loop Trail
Mar 18, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
Gorgeous view of the valley.
Mar 18, 2019 near Village…, AZ

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Jan 11, 2020
Dan Sharpe
Nov 2, 2019
Peter Wright
Beautiful walk as part of a Loop. Out on hi line back on templeton
Jun 6, 2019
Emily Freed
Went from chapel rock trail to swim, Enjoyed the trail: rocks to climb on near chapel and shade and water while the trail goes along oak creek 1mi
May 28, 2019
Jon Blank
Sep 29, 2018
Mary Schlitt
Mar 10, 2018
Tyler Thieding
1mi
May 23, 2017
Bridget H