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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108
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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 13 2013
skatchkins
Canyoneering14.00 Miles
Canyoneering14.00 Miles2 Days   14 Hrs      
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
V - Average one and a half days
 
1st trip
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I couldn't have had a better core group on this. 14 miles of hiking doesn't sound that bad. 14 miles of this though...

We started at the west end, arriving late Friday and camping just down the trail a ways. We were moving by 9am downstream.

Besides the last 3 tourist miles on the east end, I'd say with the rains, we were out of the water only 10% of the time. There was water flowing even at the bridge start. Everything in between is brush busting, briars, fallen trees, slippery rocks, 45degree swims, nipple height wades, bouldering, and the like. We averaged around 1mph taking a total of 14hrs of moving time.

Since it was a Manmping trip and because there was no rain in the forecast when we left, we went tentless. So at the near end of the first day when the clouds broke forth with lightning, thunder, rain and hail, it was imperative we find shelter for the night.

We found a little overhang that just barely accommodated us all. We dug out sleeping spots from the rock covered ground and had enough dirt to sleep as long as we didn't mind touching feet. We were also able to scrounge up some dry wood to warm ourselves back up.

In the morning we were a little reluctant to put back on our wet clothes (hanging them overnight didn't help), but we knew we'd have to get right back in the water as soon as we began moving. We tried to keep one foot in front of the other as we slipped around on the rocks. and celebrated the campsite that we Had found when the storm hit since we didn't see another suitable spot for a while after.

Eventually we came to an actual trail and people at the 11mi mark. They had reached the end of their trail and marveled as we just trudged through the water they had been contemplating wetting their feet in. Somehow we had a sudden burst of energy upon being on a maintained route and our pace quickened passing by people even on the up hills and creek crossings that they were trying to dry rock hop across.

Upon reaching the end of the trail, Steve and I hiked up to the 89 and then down it the 2 miles to where we had left our shuttle car fee-free at a friend's cabin. For some reason we didn't even want to remove our packs for the highway shoulder hike. They somehow just felt a part of us now. I'm pretty sure it helped the traffic see us too or at least know we'd make a bigger dent with all our gear. One tried to tap me with his sideview though.

We drove back up to the others, piled in the vehicle and began to drive back up and over to the truck left at our trail start.

I was very happy at how well my 4 invitees handled the whole trip even though I had to hear from them a lot about how many days they were sore afterwards :)
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