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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108
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2009-05-03
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Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Backpack May 03 2009
Preston Sands
Backpack5.00 Miles 260 AEG
Backpack5.00 Miles2 Days         
260 ft AEG
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Following a post Grand Canyon dinner with my dad and brothers at Bunhuggers in Flagstaff, we went our separate ways. I decided I would backpack up the West Fork of Oak Creek that evening, as I needed someplace to stay the night, and I had my pack with me.

After escaping the Gumball 3000 traffic jam at Bunhuggers, and a brief visit to Peace Surplus, I arrived at the W. Fork trailhead at dusk, where I was informed that I needed to hike at least two miles up to be able to camp legally. I hiked in by moonlight and headlamp to where I figured it was legal to camp (my gps is worthless in narrow canyons), and, after some exploring, located a spot just big enough for my tent, hidden in the trees well away from the trail and the creek. I read Backpacker down by the creek for awhile, hung my food, then went to bed on my first solo backpacking trip, listening to croaking frogs in the canyon.

Monday morning I was up soon after dawn. I packed up, ate a cold breakfast, then set out to enjoy and photograph this spectacular place, now that I could see it. It sure was great to see this place again after an 11 year absence!

On the hike out, I passed about 40 people on the way in. Back at the entrance to the canyon, I noticed a sign saying that one must hike 6 miles up to camp. Oops! Well, ignorance was bliss. Considdering the horrendous crowds that this area receives, the camping restriction is probably a good thing.

Once out, it was down 89A again, past a neverending stream of Gumball 3000 cars, towards Sedona. Destination: Palatki Ruins, and more adventure!
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Come ye sweltering denizens of the plains to the mountains and enjoy life -Colorado Miner, July 25, 1867
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How To Put Out a Campfire
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.
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