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Fool Creek Peak [CLOSED] is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oak City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 3,238 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Snowshoeing Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Rocky Closed
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Note: As of 7/7/20, this trail is currently closed due to the Canal Fire. For more information, please see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6817/ Hiked to the top of Fool's Creek Peak from the Oak City Canyon Road via Walker Canyon. From the main road it is roughly about 4 miles to the peak. From the trailhead located up in Walker Canyon it is about 3 miles. You can drive up to the trailhead but the road is deeply rutted in many parts and has rocks. During the spring you will also likely need to drive through a stream bed which can get about a foot deep or more when water is at its peak. From the main road it takes about 4 hours (4 miles) to get to the peak especially since the last mile or so is steep and can be a killer on the lungs for some at 9600 feet. During the summer there is no water so bring plenty. (3 liters to be comfortable depending on your needs.) It would also be a good idea to bring a walking stick or trekking poles especially as the first mile on downhill trek from the peak can hurt those knees. The trail along most of the way isn't always marked well and there can be some overgrowth along it. However, occasionally some have been kind enough to tie orange flags in trees and bushes to make it a bit clearer. But don't count on them so make sure to bring a good topography map in addition to your compass and gps especially if it's your first time and you're not really familiar with the area. I'd plan on a good 7-8 hours to get to the peak and back from the main road. It can go a lot faster for some who are trail runners but at a reasonable pace and taking time to take some photos and rest up top it can take about that to make the trip safely. There is no cell reception except for a bit of reception you get at the peak where texting seems to work ok for those on networks such as Verizon or ATT. Note that some of the photos marked on the map may not show in the correct locations. Most of them should be of or from the peak.

Bring plenty of water. Perhaps about 3 liters or so depending on your needs or temperature. Bring a walking stick. Bring a good topo map and compass and gps for when the trail is hard to find.

Travel to Oak City, Utah. Take Oak City Canyon road east into Fishlake National Forest until you get to North Walker Canyon.

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Robin Williams
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The trail was in excellent condition and easy to follow. The tracks from AllTrails also helped in a couple of places. It is a big climb in the last mile. Nothing technical. The views at the peak were phenomenal. Memorial to Chet Finlinson on the tower-he climbed the peak weekly. Lots of ATV and car traffic and all possible camping spots were taken. The Forest Service Campground, Oak Creek was closed. We started very early. This could be a very hot trail.

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Carr Rieger
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Kelci Manis
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I grew up hiking this peak with my grandpa because it is close to Delta where I grew up. It is a fun, pretty hike and there are two different trailheads to choose from. Typically, we would begin at the southern trailhead in Oak City Canyon. The northern trailhead can be accessed near the town of Fool Creek. Both trails meet at the top of the saddle. From the saddle, you ascend through the trees and up to the top of the peak where you will find a steep drop-off. I took my husband last September. We had a great time. There were a couple of spots where the trail is difficult to find & we had to forge our own trail a little bit. Fortunately, there are several places where people have left stacks of rocks to mark the trail, so be on the lookout for those. There was a severe fire in the area that left many of the trees burned. When we hiked in September 2017, there was a lot of fog which made the dead trees appear eerie and ethereal. The most difficult portion of the hike is the steep switchbacks at the end.

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Andrew van Marle
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