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greenBlue West Fork Oak Creek Trail

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2.7 mile 4.4 kilometer point to point
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 565' 172 m
Descent: -244' -74 m
High: 5,650' 1,722 m
Low: 5,285' 1,611 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Condor77 77 with improvements by Abe H

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Dry: Water levels are back down to normal. You will get wet crossing the creek a bunch of times. The parts that get dry are dry.

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The most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest.

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No mechanized vehicles in Wilderness. It will be closed during times of high fire danger, usually in late June.
Day-use is $10 per vehicle (up to 5 people), walk-in, bicycle, bus: $2.00 per person. In lieu of this fee, the Big Three Pass or the Grand Annual Red Rock Pass will be accepted here.

Description

A visit to this trail usually takes 2-3 hours round trip. There are a number of reasons why West Fork is the most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest. A pleasant little stream runs along the canyon floor and high cliffs rise above it. The trail is an easy stroll, but you have to cross the stream in a number of places. This usually involves negotiating a few stepping stones or taking some steps in shallow water.

The trail is marked for the first three miles; however, many hikers continue beyond that. Eventually, the pathway ends and you'll be forced to hike in the stream bed as you continue into the Secret Mountain/Red Rocks Wilderness. If you choose to travel all 14 miles from one end of the canyon to the other, plan to do a lot of wading and boulder hopping, and even some swimming.

No matter how long a hike you plan to take here, you'll enjoy it best if you come at a time when the trail is least crowded. Mornings and weekdays are best, and better yet if they're in the off-season.

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Mar 26, 2019
Donny Folk
No idea why it says 4 miles round trip. It's 7.8 to end if canyon and back. Well worth it but trail map and this app are wrong. 7.8mi — 4h 05m
Mar 24, 2019
Scott Wichern
Mar 22, 2019
michael Thompson
7.4mi
Jan 26, 2019
Michael Greer
Jan 9, 2019
Alaina Zulli
Dec 27, 2018
Ben Heying
Dec 26, 2018
Nick Shay
Parked .25 miles up the road, saved some money. 2.7mi
Dec 26, 2018
Xinning Nina HU
5.4mi

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