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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108
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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2006
Vaporman
Hiking8.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.33 mph
200 ft AEG
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This canyon is absolutely gorgeous. It's just amazing what water can do to sandstone. Sedona and Zion have to be my favorite places right now. This being my favorite Sedona hike so far.

Got an early weekend and I've been wanting to do this hike for awhile, but was waiting until it warmed up a bit. Even though it's a Thursday, I saw quite a few other people on the trail. I brought my water hiking shoes and I was planning on hiking past where the trail disappears. I probably lasted a mile on the trail, but got tired of missing all the scenic shots, so I ended up hiking up the creek the rest of the way. It was so funny to see other hikers dancing on the rocks to stay dry and then I come along plowing through the water. The looks on there faces were just priceless. Little did they know that the trail was burying them in the woods and they were missing most of the scenery.

So I ended up hiking around 4 miles up the creek, about 1-2 miles past where the 'dry' trail ends. But from the end of that trail is where some of most specacular views can to be seen. It narrows up a bit, the steep walls come closer in, a few larger pools are formed. I hiked up past those swimmers, some patches of large boulders, and until the canyon started to widen up a bit and it wasn't quite as scenic. It was only then that I was okay to turn back. I stuck to the creek the whole way back, my pace picked up a tad since I'd gotten most of the pictures I wanted, but it was still a long yet scenic hike back to the confluence of Oak Creek. Went from there to some old brick 'house' and over the bridge to the parking lot.

It's funny to see all the casual hikers and families here, all clean and noisy. While I'm dirty, wet, and a little worn out. Most probably only see the first mile or two; and that's just a taste of what's further up. Definely worth the $7 it costs for parking. Great way to beat the summer heat. Try to avoid the summer weekend crowds though.
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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