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West Fork Oak Creek Trail

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Length


2.7 Miles 4.4 Kilometers


565' 172 m

Ascent

-244' -74 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

5,650' 1,722 m

High

5,285' 1,611 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 9 days ago
Snowy, Some Mud, Icy - Snowy/icy for the whole trail, but surprisingly not very slippery. Nevertheless, hiking poles and water-proof shoes with good treads are a must. History

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The most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest.

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Dogs Leashed

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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Jan 9, 2019
Alaina Zulli
Dec 26, 2018
Nick Shay
Parked .25 miles up the road, saved some money. 2.7mi
Dec 26, 2018
Xinning Nina HU
5.4mi
Dec 26, 2018
Shang Shi
7.5mi
Dec 13, 2018
Jeanne Stahmer
5.4mi
Oct 28, 2018
Stacy R.
Oct 27, 2018
Beth N
5.2mi
Oct 22, 2018
Jim H
8mi

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  4.3 from 35 votes

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