Hiking Northern Arizona
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
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A very scenic, easy, trail, but very crowded. The parking lot was full, and there was no solitude to be found on the hike for the first few miles. Avoid weekends for better experience.
This is a beautiful hike up the most popular trail in Oak Creek Canyon. There is an $8.00 fee to park your car at the trailhead (in addition to the fee for the Red Rock Pass to park anywhere on the National Forest). Also, the trailhead parking lot is gated with a sign that says it doesn't open until 9:00am. This is awfully late to be starting a hike in the dead of the Arizona summer. My wife and I arrived at the trailhead at 6:45am only to be turned back. We took another hike and returned at 9:00am to discover the gate was unlocked at around 7:30am and the trail was already crowded. As we hiked up canyon, the crowds lessened and we were treated to a beautiful canyon hike. The hike seemed mostly level with little apparent elevation gain. There are approximately 10 stream crossings which is no big deal in August, but at other times of the year, I would anticipate getting your feet wet. Bottom line: this is a "must do" hike if you're anywhere near Sedona.
This is a great trail. There are tons of buetiful veiws and many nice sound of nature around you. The only downside to the hike is that there are alot of people. I am not to bothered by this but I prefer to be alone. Also you can do this hike when it is hot out so you can go for a dip in the creek
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