AB Young

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain2,443ft
Trailhead Elevation5,227ft
Top6,786ft
Elevation Min/Max5147/6786ft
Elevation Start/End5227/5227ft

AB Young

A.B. Young is a hiking and horse trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area and Coconino National Forest. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 5,227 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,443 feet. The Bootlegger Campground camp site is near the trailhead.

A.B. Young Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a good trail to the west rim of Oak Creek Canyon, in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. It offers the best views of Oak Creek Canyon from any of the rim trails. The AB Young Trail was originally built to move cattle to and from the rim country; it was improved by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Walk through the campground and cross Oak Creek. Turn left (south) on the trail that parallels the creek, and watch for the signed junction with the AB Young Trail. It is a good, maintained trail that turns sharply right and starts climbing to the northwest."

"An easy, very popular hike through the spectacular West Fork of Oak Creek, in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness. The West Fork is an easy but extremely popular hike. It is not the place to go to escape crowds, especially on weekends.

Soon you’ll leave the sounds of the busy highway behind and be able to hear the pleasant murmur of the creek and the whisper of the wind in the trees. Buttresses of Coconino sandstone tower on the left, while the canyon floor is filled with a tall ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest."

"This is a good trail to the west rim of Oak Creek Canyon, in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. It offers the best views of Oak Creek Canyon from any of the rim trails. The AB Young Trail was originally built to move cattle to and from the rim country.

Walk through the campground and cross Oak Creek. Turn left (south) on the trail that parallels the creek, and watch for the AB Young Trail, a good, maintained trail that turns sharply right and starts climbing to the northwest."

"This is a good trail to the west rim of Oak Creek Canyon in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. It offers the best views of Oak Creek Canyon from any of the rim trails. It is a good, maintained trail, which turns sharply right and starts climbing to the northwest. The broad-leaved trees in the riparian habitat along the creek are soon left behind as the trail climbs through ponderosa pine forest.

After a short distance, the trail begins switchbacking directly up the steep slope. The dry southwest exposure supports dense chaparral brush, and the view opens up as you climb. Just below the rim, the trail veers north in a long final switchback."

A.B. Young Reviews

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8/24/2018
Fun easy hike. Only downfall is it’s all one level. I was hoping to get some height to see off cliffs. You can bring your dog too which is nice. We went on a weekday in August and it was crowded then too.
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7/19/2018
This is a fabulous trail but somewhat challenging - lots of switchbacks and a 2,000 ft elevation gain. The views of red rocks, ponderosas, and Oak Creek Canyon get more and more amazing as you climb up to the high forest. The hike back down is steep with lots of exposure and loose rocks. We saw deer and tons of lizards. The cool creek water afterward is a joy.
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10/1/2009
Very popular trail. Need to start early in the morning since by 10AM it will look like the fifth ave. in New York. Best time in the fall for the colors. It is very easy and a paradise for the photographers
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7/4/2009
Awesome trail. It was quite steep, gaining 1700 feet of elevation in under a mile and a half. The view from the top was outstanding. Watch out for thunderstorms though.
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4/10/2008
tough trail with great views of Oak Creek Canyon. Chilly weather with periodic snow showers. Be prepared for an uphill and then downhill experience. The view from the top is worth the sweat, but take plenty of water.
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3/19/2006
A very pleasant hike in the snow. It was Spring at departure, then after 1/4 mile or so Winter settled in. Many great views, with the canyon always looming over you. Fairly flat hike, some slippery parts because of the snow, but overall an easy hike. You have to cross the Oak Creek a number of times along the trail but rocks are always strategically placed to help you across. It is well worth going to the very end, i.e. when your only option is to go in the water to go on. Because of the snow it took us four hours roundtrip, taking our time.
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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
Munds Park, Wilson Mountain USGS quads
Local Maps

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Oct 2018