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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108
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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108, AZ
2008-10-198 by
 
Sedona, AZ
 
Backpack11.00 Miles2 Days          
200 ft AEG   
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I didn't backpack like the triplog notes, but I did hike it twice in two days. Headed up there Saturday afternoon, parked almost a half mile north of the parking lot on 89A near rangers who were walking around and ticketing cars not displaying Red Rock Passes. Walked right through the parking entrance and chuckled at those who were waiting for a spot to open in the lot. I started hiking at a quick pace. At the 3rd creek crossing I hopped in the creek and waded the rest of the way downstream. That's the way to do it! Turned around after 2 miles and hiked back in the dark. Saturday night I camped in the back of my truck up off of FR237 between Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff. Sunday morning I woke up at 6:30, rolled up the sleeping bag and pad, and was off again. Got to the trailhead at 7:00 and again did not park in the parking lot, although it was open and certainly not full. I've got my annual red rock pass and I'm not about to pay 8 dollars to park in the lot. I passed 3 photographers in the first mile who just so happened to be taking all the good shots. I raced the sun for a couple miles and lost. Everything was too bright by the time I got to the pool I wanted. Ah well. Hiked back to the wall-to-wall pool at around the 3 mile mark. I waded as far as where the pool bends and decided my feet were to pumpkin cold. Shall be back in the summer.

Colors aren't peak yet, still a few days away. Not a lot of red, although a pretty decent amount of yellow. The best colors are about 2.5 miles back, below the trail on the creek.
Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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