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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2012
rodneyaz
Hiking15.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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My friend Joe had done this trip before with his dad, and it sounded like a fun time. :) It also sounded easy enough for our friend Rich, who is even less experience than us.

Drove up 89A from Sedona, parked in the lot for the West Fork Trail. Got a noon start at the trailhead. The first 3 miles are all part of the official trail, and has a lot of up and down and crossovers along Oak Creek. The scenery is amazing. :o At the end of the trail, we started trudging through the water, which was only ankle deep around the subway-looking parts. The rest of the hike was a lot of switching sides of the creek to stay in the most shallow water. Once we past the sign allowing for overnight camping, we went on a couple miles. After a bit we realized it would get dark fast in the canyons, so we started looking for ways upward to find camping grounds. The only success we had was a spot where a lone traveler already laid stake to. We eventually found a decent spot right next to the creek. Had there been a threat of rain, it would be in a flash flood zone, and we would likely die (I'm sure of it). We stayed anyway, luckily with clear skies. The hike in took about 4 hours, and I think we covered between 7-8 miles, but I'm not great at judging distances. ;)

The temps the whole hike in were perfect. In darker canyons, the water got a bit chilly, but nothing too extreme. As darkness came, we had a fire going but realized it would get a little cold. At least, for someone like me - I am not built for the cold. [-( At one point, while Joe and I were searching for more firewood, Rich swears he heard someone splashing through the water just downstream of our camp. He shined his light just past the edge of our camp and says there was a man standing there. Rich asked how he was doing, thinking it was a nighttime hiker, and the gut bolted in the other direction, splashing through the water as he ran downstream. Thanks Rich, I'll sleep well tonight wondering if this canyon is haunted or not. :scared:

I actually slept relatively well, considering I was a tiny bit chilly. :zzz: But Rich's water pack leaked all over his tent, and part of his sleeping bag in the middle of the night. So I let him stay in my tent, as it was a 2-3 person tent.

The next morning was a little cold for a few hours after sunrise, as there was not direct sunlight in our campsite. Rich and Joe hung by the fire as I kept warm by scrambling around like the little kid that I am. :GB: I actually discovered a great campsite on higher ground with a sweet fire pit setup. Next time. We headed out at 11am, and made it back to the parking lot at 2pm, with only a few short breaks.

I will definitely be back, and would really like to do the Insomnia Canyon or Illusions Canyon entrance someday, with the right equipment and group of people. :PMIC:
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