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West Fork Oak Creek Trail

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Length

2.7 Miles 4.4 Kilometers


Elevation

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


All Clear 15 days ago
Dry - Water is so low no swimming History

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The most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest.

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Overview

No mechanized vehicles in Wilderness. It will be closed during times of high fire danger, usually in late June.
Day-use is $9 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.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Dogs: Leashed

Description [Suggest Changes]

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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Jun 13, 2018
Robin Quinn
Beautiful trail 2.7mi
Jun 6, 2018
John Floyd
Great view love the trees, lots of trails that go all over and follow the water 8mi
Jun 6, 2018
Brandon Colson
Trail was rather long. Lots of river crossings. Waterproof shoes next time. Mostly shaded 6.6mi
Jun 1, 2018
Nina Heumann
May 13, 2018
Brit Trione
Hiked with Jake on Mother’s Day 2018 6.6mi
May 5, 2018
Kathleen Durkee
Heavenly
May 2, 2018
Bree Burkitt
Apr 13, 2018
Norm Stewart
Beautiful Hike 7.9mi

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  4.3 from 26 votes

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