Decided to run up to Sedona and do one hike before winter sets in today. Haven't hiked up there before, only 4X4. I knew that the color was likely gone, but I love Oak Creek, so decided to do the West Fork anyway. There actually was still a little bit of color left, plus a very lush carpet of yellow and red leaves. I was the second one in the parking lot at 8:15 this morning and there were only 3 cars when I started down the trailhead.
I took my time going out, took a bunch of pics, messed with the manual mode on the camera, because Auto just ain't getting it done. Everything is overexposed, so I messed around a lot with the camera. Had 3 layers on when I started on the trail, it was roughly 45 degrees when I started, but I started stripping within the first mile.
Never been down in this canyon to this extent so my neck started getting sore from looking up at all the formations. I should have done about 20 faceplants since I wasn't really watching where I was going. Got to basically the end where you either take a swim or turn around.
Pretty much flew back down the trail as the clouds were rolling in pretty heavily and the wind was picking up. Could not believe the amount of people that were just starting out with the weather moving in. Parking lot of course was full when I got back, but the temp was still good at 66 degrees with a little bit of a windchill. Should have taken more pics on the way out, with the cloud cover, the lighting was perfect....
Really enjoyed the trail and the Creek. One thing about the leaves being gone, you have more of a view of the walls in the canyon. Will try to get up there for Peak Foliage next year or maybe summer when you can swim.