Short and Sweet
Though this trail is only 1 mile round trip, it is nothing less than beautiful. You can hear Oak Creek at your side the entire time. Don't forget to pack a lunch, this is a great place for a picnic. It was raining when we went (couldn't have asked for better weather). We discovered that there are many places to take shelter under awesome rock canopies. We could have sat on a rock listening to the combination of the rain and the creek all day long. Most of the hike follows the picturesque red rock canyon walls. I can only imagine the amazing fall colors lining the creek with bright reds and yellows. We will certainly be back to experience it later this year. There are many forks in the trail, but they all lead in the same direction. To get to the creek, stay to the right and gradually head down. It's almost impossible to get lost as you are between the creek and the canyon wall the entire time. You will hear the creek as there are lots of rapids in this area. The water looks quite deep in some places and crystal clear (but freezing), great for a quick dip. Watch out for the current which looks strong in some areas. Not for weak swimmers. We were the only people here. The parking lot was empty when we arrived and empty when we left. We were a little sore at the fact that we had to pay 7 dollars for such a short hike, after we just spent 5 dollars on a Red Rock Pass (which is not valid here) but it was well worth it.
There is a paved path going in the opposite direction of the trail which leads down to the creek also. If you are facing the Allen's Bend trailhead, it will be directly behind you. Once you reach the creek, head upstream and see a beautiful waterfall. Be prepared to climb over a few rocks. Well worth the extra effort.
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Coconino FS Details
The trail begins on the south-east side of the recreation area parking lot at Grasshopper Point. The trailhead sign is at the kiosk near the covered picnic table.
The trail is near level and mostly in full shade from remnants of an old orchard and various native riparian trees. It follows along the foot of a rock wall on the left, a short distance from Oak Creek which can be heard but is seldom in sight.
Several short paths provide access to this scenic creek for fishing, swimming, and picnicking. Be careful of poison ivy. The trail ends at the Casner Canyon Trailhead. Return by the same route for a pleasant 1 mile hike. The trail is probably named for Charles R. Allen, a photographer who homesteaded at the location of the present Junipine Cabins further upstream.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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