1-From the parking area cross Verde Valley Road and pick up the Baldwin Trail on the other side. CHECK 2-Next the area opens up into big grassy field. CHECK 3-The quickest access to Red Rock Crossing is dashing over to the creek from this area. (uh, that's left) CHECK(Kat stayed here and went to Red Rock Crossing downstream, I went back to the trail). I guess I would add here to go downstream or left once you get to the creek. Kat obviously figured that out. 4-Take one of the two forks heading on straight. CHECK 5-This northwest side here features Oak Creek in stunning fashion and lush surroundings.
6-Just before the bend is a stone beach where meditating isn't all that uncommon. Check out the rock piles (obviously they are on the other side of the creek)). CHECK 7-Take the trail heading away from the creek here and you'll undergo a little West Fork atmosphere. CHECK 8-This leads to some switchbacks leading to the north end of Cathedral Rock. Unless you're completing a Cathedral Rock loop don't bother going up. OOPS ...the view of the most perfect looking little cabin house which makes you wanna hurl. CHECK I had hooked up with some other hikers and we went up part ways before we realized the error in our ways 9-Head back down the West Fork corridor. Back at the Templeton junction head on over to the creek. CHECKBut it was getting late so I decided to head back to the truck.
Oh how I wished this had been at the top of the trip description. I guess it gives me something to look forward to when I go back. If you want a no frills, no chance of getting lost access to Red Rock Crossing: From the trailhead just follow Verde Valley Road to the end and trek upstream to Red Rock Crossing.OOPS again.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.