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Cookstove Trail #143, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,630 feet
Elevation Gain 745 feet
Accumulated Gain 745 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 - 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.28
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Author joebartels
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Routes 829
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Trips 4,849 map ( 24,809 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Great workout w/ views
by joebartels

Cookstove Trail #143 takes off from the north end of Pine Flat Campgrounds on the east side of Highway 89A. I passed on this trail several times in the past. I'm sorry I did as this is a great little trail. There's a spring on the west side of the road gushing water from a human-made thingy-ma-bob/doohicky. Cars continuously pull over and fill water bottles from the natural spring. The trail takes off across Highway 89A from the spring. It wastes no time in ascending the east wall of Oak Creek Canyon, going up quickly. Scrawny pines densely populate the lower slopes.

The trail comes up to the edge of Cookstove Draw. Here it gets even steeper, and steps are encountered in several sections. If there have been recent rains, you can hear the water running down the draw. I read you could see a good size falls in the near distance. The foliage was too dense to see anything on this trip. I did hear the tumbling sound of the falls!

Continuing, great views come into sight. You can see the opposing wall of Oak Creek Canyon and its multi-colored layers. Plus outstanding views straight down the canyon towards Sedona from various elevations. If you're debating hiking this trail or Harding Springs further down the canyon, I recommend this trail in a heartbeat. The major drawback on both these trails is the noisy traffic on 89A. If you take the popular loop with Harding, check out my HC Rim Trail description.

I hiked down this trail on a loop as my first attempt, then hiked up and down later. Campfires below fill the cool spring breezes, which adds a lovely setting. On the rim, I heard woodpeckers in the near distance. I really enjoyed this hike. Sedona continues to inspire me.

Based on the 2018 FS map, camping is allowed off-trail east of the rim outside the green line. That said, it's not for newbies or anyone looking for a resort experience.

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Coconino FS Details
Originally built to provide access for forest firefighters to Oak Creek Canyon's wooded slopes, Cookstove Trail now offers nature lovers a scenic route to the canyon rim. The trail starts from the north end of Pine Flat Campground and immediately begins switchbacking up the steep slope of the canyon's east wall. It climbs through an area forested with stands of mixed conifers, Gambel Oaks and both Utah and alligator junipers. The trees part at a number of points along the trail offering good views of the buff- colored cliffs of Coconino Sandstone and the remnants of an old volcano across Oak Creek. There are also some good views of the Route 89A switchbacks that lead into the canyon.

At the top of the climb, an outcrop of volcanic basalt provides a lunch stop where you can enjoy the view before heading back down the trail or continuing south along the canyon rim to the Harding Springs Trail for an alternate descent back to the highway.


One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. Go to Red Rock Pass then check "When is a Red Rock Pass Required?". If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the Sedona "Y", go East (what seems like North) on 89A 12.7 miles to Pine Flat Campgrounds. Do not park in the campgrounds; it cost too much. You do need a Red Rock Pass to park alongside 89A. There are several sections alongside the road where you can park.

Location: 15 miles south of Flagstaff (12 miles north of Sedona) on paved roads in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. The elevation is 5500 feet.

Access: Drive 15 miles south from Flagstaff or 12 miles north from Sedona on Arizona Highway 89A. The Cookstove trailhead is located near milepost 387 at the north end of Pine Flat Campground across from a roadside water stop.
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