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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

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Conditions


All Clear 75 days ago
Mostly Dry - Pretty low flow in the creek but there was one spot about a mile into the hike with a small pool and a natural slide into it. History

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The most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest.

Condor77 77

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 $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.

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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Sep 30, 2018
Mary Schlitt
Sep 29, 2018
Derek Dinoni
Sep 17, 2018
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Aug 7, 2018
Andrew Cottle
Jul 27, 2018
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Jul 13, 2018
Stevie Duffy
Jun 30, 2018
Anson Han
Jun 29, 2018
Darrien Dorr

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  4.4 from 31 votes

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