Pumphouse Wash is a social route in the Coconino National Forest. It is not marked by signs, but the route is in the bottom of a deep narrow canyon, so it is easy to follow without getting lost. The harder part is the walking, because it involves constant boulder hopping in the wash itself. About .75 miles from the highway there is a climbing area and the narrows become more interesting (shown below).
This hike is especially beautiful in November, when the fall colors reach their peak (shown below). In fact, the colors here are as good as they are in the West Fork, and without the crowd to contend with. When the wash is actually flowing this hike becomes impassable.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
Pumphouse Wash is at the top of Oak Creek Canyon, just as Hwy 89-A crosses a curved bridge and begins its ascent up the switchbacks. There are parking areas just before and just after the bridge. Simply find your way down into the normally dry wash and head upstream.
2.7 miles out and back
2 hours round trip
Yes. Must be leashed. Please pick up after your pet and pack it out.