Summary: A hike up the west side of Oak Creek Canyon connecting to Vultee Arch
Challenge Level: Hard
Hiking Distance: About 3 miles from the Sterling Pass parking area to the Vultee Arch parking area
Trailhead Directions: From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive north on SR 89A toward Flagstaff for 6 1/4 miles. You'll need to find a wide spot in the road to park on the west side. The trail starts at GPS coordinates: 34° 56.185' N; 111° 44.829' W. This was a two vehicle hike with the other vehicle parked at the Vultee Arch trailhead at the end of FR 152 (see the Vultee Arch information for trailhead directions).
Description: The parking along SR 89A isn't the best as there is no official parking area. You'll need to find a place where you can park near the trailhead. The trail is steep and you'll climb about 1000 feet and enter a pine forest. Some of the views are obstructed by the dense trees but you will find areas with good views. After you reach the saddle the trail starts down. About 1 1/2 miles in you'll come to the sign for Vultee Arch. You should hike the 1/4 mile down the Vultee Arch Trail to see Vultee Arch. If you only have one vehicle, retrace your steps back to your vehicle parked along SR 89A
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
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