This is easily one of my favorite hikes. The trail follows the west fork of Oak Creek for almost three and a half miles as it flows down through the canyon. The trail is fairly flat, with soaring cliffs on each side as a backdrop to the forest. All along the trail were signs of flood and fire damage, and even a few patches of snow. It crosses the creek 13 times, including several that require wading through ankle deep (and ICE COLD) water. The first ford turned back at least two large, obnoxious groups of hikers, so I wasn’t too broken up about having to get my feet wet.
Prints of photos from this series and others taken at Oak Creek Canyon are now available for purchase here.
Other people’s trash that I packed out: