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A fun singletrack trail with some rocky sections leading to the beautiful Oak Creek.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

97%

Runnable

4,296' 1,309 m

High

3,976' 1,212 m

Low

84' 26 m

Up

400' 122 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Description

Starting at Slim Shady Trail, this trail heads west, past the popular Cathedral Rock trail, to a beautiful lunch spot on Oak Creek, then connects to the Baldwin Loop.

Templeton is more difficult than Slim Shady. The first section from Slim Shady is fairly smooth, with only a few very short rocky areas, but mostly just twisty cruising. The trail turns to 100% red rock as you contour around and cross the Cathedral Rock Trail.

The descent from Cathedral Rock area is the trickiest part of the trail. You'll follow several switchbacks and run over a sustained rocky section before reaching the bottom. Here, you'll be rewarded with a much more lush area along Oak Creek. There are plenty of spots for a dip if you're hot, then a rocky section to the end where Baldwin Loop starts.

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  3.9 from 10 votes

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#348

in Arizona

#11,245

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Photos

Swimming hole on Oak Creek
Jul 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Templeton Trail
Nov 12, 2023 near Village…, AZ
On the Templeton Trail
Jan 18, 2022 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
Oak Creek crowding near the Baldwin Loop Trail
Mar 18, 2015 near West Se…, AZ

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