1-From the parking area cross Verde Valley Road and pick up the Baldwin Trail on the other side. CHECK
2-Next the area opens up into big grassy field. CHECK
3-The quickest access to Red Rock Crossing is dashing over to the creek from this area. (uh, that's left) CHECK (Kat stayed here and went to Red Rock Crossing downstream, I went back to the trail). I guess I would add here to go downstream or left once you get to the creek. Kat obviously figured that out.
4-Take one of the two forks heading on straight. CHECK
5-This northwest side here features Oak Creek in stunning fashion and lush surroundings.
6-Just before the bend is a stone beach where meditating
isn't all that uncommon. Check out the rock piles (obviously they are on the other side of the creek)
7-Take the trail heading away from the creek here and you'll undergo a little West Fork atmosphere. CHECK
8-This leads to some switchbacks leading to the north end of Cathedral Rock. Unless you're completing a Cathedral Rock loop don't bother going up. OOPS
...the view of the most perfect looking little cabin house which makes you wanna hurl. CHECK I had hooked up with some other hikers and we went up part ways before we realized the error in our ways
9-Head back down the West Fork corridor. Back at the Templeton junction head on over to the creek. CHECK But it was getting late so I decided to head back to the truck.
Oh how I wished this had been at the top of the trip description. I guess it gives me something to look forward to when I go back. If you want a no frills, no chance of getting lost access to Red Rock Crossing: From the trailhead just follow Verde Valley Road to the end and trek upstream to Red Rock Crossing. OOPS again.