Cookstove is a system trail in the Coconino National Forest. Designated as Trail #143, it is well marked with signs and easy to follow. Originally built to provide access for forest firefighters to Oak Creek Canyon's wooded slopes, Cookstove Trail now offers nature lovers a scenic route to the canyon rim.
The trail starts from the north end of the Pine Flat Campground and immediately begins a series of switchbacks up the steep slope of the canyon's east wall. It climbs through an area forested with stands of mixed conifers, Gambel oaks and both Utah and alligator junipers. The trees part at a number of points along the trail offering good views of the buff- colored cliffs of Coconino sandstone (SHOWN BELOW) and the remnants of an old volcano across Oak Creek. There are also some good views of the Route 89A switchbacks that lead into the canyon.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
The Cookstove trailhead is located approximately 12 miles north of Sedona on Hwy 89A, near milepost 387, at the north end of Pine Flat Campground and directly across from a roadside water stop. Park near the spring at the upper end of the campground and cross the highway to the trail.
35.01468 -111.73747 (Hwy 89A roadside parking)
3 miles roundtrip
1.5-2 hours roundtrip
Apr-Oct. Wildflowers bloom along this trail from mid-May thru August. Fall colors happen in upper Oak Creek in November.
Yes. Must be leashed at all times. Please pick up after your pet and pack it out.