Oak Creek Canyon-West Fork hike

Dates: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Time:  8:00 am-5 pm

Trip Leaders: Dr. Kent Colbath, Geologist, and Dr. Larry Stevens, Biologist

Cost: $80 Members/$100 Non-Members

Difficulty: Moderate

Details & Itinerary:

The West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon contains one of our rare Arizona streams that flow year round. As such, it is an excellent location to explore riparian ecosystems, landscape evolution, and the role of groundwater on the Colorado Plateau.

We will meet at the Museum and start our tour at the Oak Creek Canyon overlook off of Highway 89 for an overview of the regional geology and forest life zones in this area, followed by a brief stop to examine the Oak Creek Fault. The bulk of the day will be spent hiking into and out of West Fork Canyon. This will involve multiple stream crossings, so hiking poles are strongly recommended. We've timed our trip to coincide with the annual warbler migration, so birding glasses are also a good idea.

Please bring a water bottle, day pack, lunch, hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes that can get wet.

MNA will provide transportation, extra water, permits and guides.

Please call (928) 774-5211 x222 with questions or concerns.

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