DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,086 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

over grown

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail for a solid workout in cool weather, cloudy day, early or late start in the hot months. From the Bootlegger Day Use Area in Oak Creek Canyon, you walk down steps to the Creek which must be crossed. After that, it’s all uphill for approximately 2 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain. Once leaving the creek bed, there is no shade until you reach the plateau and conifer forest on the west rim. The trail is generally in very good condition and is easy to follow. As you gain elevation, the views rapidly improve. At the top, you will be rewarded with an excellent view to the south, looking down the canyon towards Sedona. To the north, you can glimpse the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. - I continued along the trail to the East Pocket Knob Fire Lookout Tower. This resulted in a 5.5 Mile round trip hike. The trail is easy at this point. My only complaint about this trail is that once you leave the Creek area and cannot hear the rushing water, you will hear the noise of traffic along Hwy 89A, until you reach the top of the ridge. There was no water after leaving the Creek.