Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
West Fork Backpacking Trip
Sedona
May 28-30, 2022
The trip:     We will be doing primitive camping on this backpack. So, if you like to see if you are cut out to do B class backpacking, come on out. This is in a very nice area with trees and a stream. We will have to filter the water, but I have a filter. This will be a backpack though a very scenic canyon. Some places you can almost touch both canyon walls, others are very open. There is a backpack camp about 6 miles in, with good spots to pitch our tents. Due to fire danger, no campfires.
    The backpack will get you wet up to your waist, but no swimming needed. This is up the West Fork of Oak Creek. The water will be cool, but just right for the end of May. The rocks and scenery is great and only a 6 mile B class backpack. There is a backpack camp around 6 miles in. No restrooms or water, but we will have water filters so plenty of cool water. Day 2 will be a hike up to the first deep water pool, it is over 8 foot deep. If persons want they can swim here. We then return to camp. Trip cancelled if rain is possible, but May is a dry month in Arizona.
    Saturday will be backpack to our base camp and set up. You will get wet. The flowers may still be out.
    Sunday we will hike up to the first deep pool. You will get wet.
    Monday will be pack up and return to Phoenix. Everyone should have dry shoes, socks, clothes in the trucks. We will stop some place and change.
•  Required gear: Backpack, see backpack check list.
•  Dry bags for stuff.
•  Poles, with water you will fall otherwise.
•  2 liters of water.
•  Food and snacks for 3 days.
•  Good boots, with good tread.
distance 6 miles day 1; 5 miles day 2; 6 miles day 3
time About 6 hours each day.
EC +-1,000' elevation change total for the 3 days
type in/out
starting at West Fork Trailhead, 5,300 Ft
on trail 100%, but the stream is the trail so very wet
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Sedona
leader:   You must e-mail leader to confirm. I will set up limited car pools.
Meet: Saturday May 28 at Fry’s @ I-17 & Bell @ 3 AM. No cars may be left here.
drive
•  North on I-17
Take 179, the Sedona/ Oak Creek exit.
Go though all the round-abouts, staying on 179. Stop at a gas station for last rest room break.
At 89A round-about take the first right to Sedona.
Go through Sedona to the Call of the Canyon, drop gear & persons off.
Continue north about 0.4 miles to a parking area on your right.

updated May 12, 2022