|when||Sunday, October 21, 2018|
Almost all of the trail that we will be hiking follows the West Fork
of Oak Creek through lush vegetation and thick forests of pine, fir, oak, sycamore,
and red tooth maple. So if it gets a bit warm on the trail, we can always cool
off in the creek. Towering above the trail, we will see the massive red rock cliffs
and colorful canyon walls of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness.
We will first cross a footbridge over Oak Creek, as we make our way from the trailhead. Past the creek, we will climb up the opposite bank and make a left turn onto a wide sandy track.
About a quarter mile in, we will walk around the ruins of the old Mayhew Lodge, destroyed by fire in 1980. Zane Grey used this location for the setting of his novel The Call of the Canyon. As we follow the gurgling waters of West Fork Creek and penetrate deeper into the canyon, the trail gradually starts climbing and becomes a little rougher and narrower. We will begin to see massive rock shelves overhanging the creek bed, creating a tunnel-like effect in some places. Along the way, the trail crosses the creek numerous times. Steeping stones at the crossing points allow us to stay dry, unless the area has had recent heavy rainfall. In early May the creek will likely be a little higher than in the fall, so bring water shoes and be prepared to get a little wet at some of the crossings. If we have to get wet on this hike, it’s definitely better to do so in May rather than October.
The West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon is actually about twelve miles long. Close to the 3.5-mile mark the canyon narrows down to the point where the creek almost touches the tall vertical canyon walls on either side. Before we reach this point, which will mark our turn-around spot, we will stop and enjoy lunch, while we take in the magical and breathtaking beauty of our surroundings. We’ll return along the same route.
|EC||+-270' elevation change|
|on trail||100% — West Fork Trail #108|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||$10 per vehicle at Call of the Canyon day-use area, plus sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.|
You must e-mail leader to confirm.
Limit of 16 people (4 cars) due to limited parking spaces at the trailhead.
|meet||5:45 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride. We will leave promptly at 6:00 AM, and try to be at the trailhead before 8:00 AM.|
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