West Fork (8/29/2015)

DSCN4005I had planned to do this as a first hike last fall semester, but it was still closed as a result of the Slide Fire.  Then, I had planned again to do it this fall with the class.  But a little glitch with the forest service can’t keep us away!  So let’s go….

WHEN:  8:30 a.m.; Saturday, August 29, 2015

MEET AT:  Yavapai College Sedona Center, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona.  From Cottonwood, take 89A north towards Sedona.  The traffic light in front of Red Rock High School is Upper Red Rock Loop/Arts Village Dr.  Make a left, then go to the dirt parking area on the right.

From here we will carpool to the Call of the Canyon trail head, about 9 miles up the canyon after leaving Uptown.  All pavement, suitable for all vehicles.

DONATION FOR DRIVERS:  $5 per rider, which also includes a contribution towards the admission fee of $10 per vehicle.  So we’ll want to take as few vehicles as possible.

DESCRIPTION:  Easy, 5-8 miles, depending on how far we decide to go; CEG 400-500′.  Out and back hike, all maintained system trail.

This is one of the premier hikes in the area, IMHO.  This stunning canyon is a photographer’s paradise.  This is the first hike I recommend to someone who wants to do a hike in the area.  Soaring Canyon walls provide shade and drama.  Several creek crossings help to keep you cool.  And the old growth pine forest, thankfully, survived the brunt of the Slide Fire of 2014.  If you haven’t done West Fork, you haven’t hiked Oak Creek Canyon 🙂

Bring a lunch to leave in the car, and we can picnic at the parking area once we complete the hike.

TRAIL GUIDE:  West Fork of Oak Creek #108

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