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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 May 25 2008
cerebellum
Canyoneering14.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Canyoneering14.00 Miles   11 Hrs      1.27 mph
2,000 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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We did this a shuttle hike. We picked up the West Fork Trail (#108), in the lower canyon, as it leads over a new bridge and past the apple grove of the old resort which was destroyed by fire in 1980. Trail is flat and easy and the tall trees give you shade from the sun. In this section you'll likely see many people, some who have come to hike the trails and others to swim. We were there early in the morning and we decided to go upstream instead of following the trail that crosses the stream several times and it ends at a wade through a narrow canyon in the sandstone. This is the return point for most hikers, but is not close to the end of West Forks. From this point we start exploring upstream where there are short stretches of trails, but most consists of rock hopping, wading and pushing through vegetation. The further upstream you go route fades away. In the upper part of the canyon there are several deep wades and a couple swims. The water was freezing cold and I guess was caused by the last week rain and snowfall. We managed to survive the coldness of the water and we pushed to reach the Cassner Cabin Draw. We stayed on the left at the junction with Cassner Cabin Draw and then we turned right at the next dry stream that revealed from the canyon. Towards the upper part of the creek we found a used trail which leads us the rest of the way to where the creek crosses FR #231.

My GPS lost reception in most part of the canyon so will be difficult to rebuild the route. The navigation is based on following the stream.

On the upper part high clearance vehicle is recommended. To reach the upper (FR231) from Phoenix, take I-17 north to Flagstaff and drive west on I-40 to the exit 192. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp, drive a short distance to a 'T' intersection and turn left. After a couple miles you'll come to a stop sign, turn right onto FR#231 and drive for 18 miles to where the road crosses the Oak Creek.
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