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Oak Creek Trail

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This trail leads to several access points along Oak Creek and great places for swimming.


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0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

4,001' 1,220 m

High

3,971' 1,211 m

Low

32' 10 m

Up

7' 2 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly Kids will love the various swimming holes along this trail – just remember to bring their suits!

This is a very popular park with locals and visitors. There is usually a long wait to enter. I waited 45 minutes one late afternoon. The parking is controlled by park staff, and they will not let you drive in unless there is a parking spot available. There is a $10 fee to enter and the best time of day is in the late afternoon if you want to photograph Cathedral Rock.

Description

From the parking area, follow the Oak Creek Path to a sandy singletrack that marks the beginning of this trail. The first swimming hole is typically very crowded because of its close proximity to the parking area. Continue upstream to the next two swimming holes to find a little more privacy and a nice slickrock bench to hang out and enjoy the scenery.

For even more privacy, continue further upstream. The trail becomes shaded with trees and plenty of raspberry bushes. The next two swimming holes are shaded and much quieter than the previous two.

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John Maurizi

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek
Jul 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Swimming hole on Oak Creek
Jul 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
High desert scenery on the Templeton Trail
Mar 18, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
Oak Creek from the Templeton Trail.
Jan 18, 2022 near West Se…, AZ
Swimming hole on Oak Creek
Jul 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ

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May 28, 2022
Marc Corona
Apr 23, 2022
J C
Apr 12, 2022
jeff nye
A leisurely stroll along the creek. Nice views of Cathedral Rock. Neat rock formations along the banks. 1.4mi — 1h 08m
Nov 8, 2020
Noelle Lowrie
Nov 23, 2019
Conrad Eaton
May 31, 2019
Lawrence Wang
Apr 23, 2019
Kevin Coen
2mi — 2h 00m
Sep 16, 2017
Diana Martinez