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100 Classic Hikes Arizona
by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2015 Scott S. Warren/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Pretty colors with the changing leaves. Parking lot was empty when we arrived at 8:00 AM but was overfull when we left at noon. The signage there at the trail says the hike is 2 miles one way. it was obviously much more than that. The 8 miles length stated here makes more sense.
Great for those wanting to hike in the cool comfort of shade. Nice creek crossings. Wonderful views of canyon walls towering overhead. The color mixture is wonderful.
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.
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