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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2016
cw50must
Hiking7.91 Miles 300 AEG
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Decided to check out the colors in west fork this past weekend. This one is a classic for fall colors and it did not disappoint. Knowing how crowded this trail can get, in fact we had a good sized crowd ourselves, we headed out early. Arrived about 8:30 am and was still able to a spot in the parking lot, but just barely. Was a cool start, close to 50* according to the car read out.

Autumn comes a little later in Sedona than up on the hill in Flagstaff. I just trying to hit this based on previous trips, one time we hit it perfect and then the last time we ere too early. I'd say we were close this time. I could tell driving in through oak creek canyon that it was still a bit green. It did get more colorful the further in we went. There were pockets of extreme color along the way on the trail, but still plenty still to change. towards the turn around spot it was very colorful. I think the next week or 2 would be prime for the area. Also, aside from a few darkened tree trunks occasionally, there is not much evidence of the fire a couple years ago. If you weren't looking for it, you'd never know.

Video: youtu.be/8k8fd-aYHdM
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
early on towards the trail head its still plenty green. There are good pockets of extreme color here and there. The last half of the trail is very colorful, I would rank the last mile before the turn around substantial. A week or 2 would be prime time.
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