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West Fork of Oak Creek from FR325, AZ
mini location map2019-11-02
15 by photographer avatarThe_Eagle
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West Fork of Oak Creek from FR325, AZ 
West Fork of Oak Creek from FR325, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.91 Miles 2,127 AEG
Hiking16.91 Miles   7 Hrs   47 Mns   2.32 mph
2,127 ft AEG      30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Joe put together this sweet alternative to hit up 2 new trails and access West Fork of Oak Creek without fighting the parking nightmares.

We parked up top, 1 mile as the crow flies, west from I-17.

We passed a herd of 12+ elk on our way looking for the upper TH for the Telephone Trail #72. A large cairn marks the upper TH here. We had good morning light views from the top of The Peaks to the north and west across canyon to the West Fork area. The trail is in decent shape all the way down with great views. We stopped for a moment and checked out The Peeps on our way down. From where the trail reaches 89A, it's a .50m walk to the Call of the Canyon parking.

We walked past the line of 15+ cars waiting for a parking spot to open and paid our $2.00 to start the West Fork of Oak Creek Trail. There is still some color in the canyon, but clearly it was better earlier in the week. This is still a magical place without the color.

The Thomas Point Trail TH is officially located in the Call of the Canyon parking area. Heading SW, you need to go arox. 1/4 mile before crossing 89A and beginning the 1000' climb to the top. The lower 1/2 of this trail is in dense pines, opening up for better views after that. This trail is in good shape all the way to the top and is a steady climb.

I really enjoyed this track that Joe put together to access West Fork. There will be a re-do in the future.
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