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West Fork Oak Creek Trail

 18 votes

2.7 Miles 4.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

565' 172 m

Ascent

-244' -74 m

Descent

5,650' 1,722 m

High

5,285' 1,611 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

All Clear

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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
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Hike 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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Dec 12, 2017
Joshua Lunsford
Nov 8, 2017
Jeffrey Larsen
Oct 12, 2017
Patty R
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Sep 26, 2017
Janel Crandell
10.3mi
Sep 4, 2017
Kyle Wong
2.7mi
Aug 20, 2017
Kasey Leighty
Family National Park 5k 6mi
Aug 20, 2017
Conner Wilson
Creek at the end of the trail is tricky. Trail is actually on the left at the end at it looks like it is on the right. 6mi
Aug 8, 2017
Logan Mulligan

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