Telephone is a system trail in the Coconino National Forest. Designated as Trail #51, it is well marked with signs and easy to follow. It is named because part of the trail follows the route of an old telephone line. The upper portion of the trail offers especially good views of the western wall of Oak Creek Canyon (SHOWN BELOW).
Like all the trails in upper Oak Creek, Telephone is relatively short and extremely steep, taking a no-nonsense series of switchback through the forest to reach the rim. Along the way you'll pass one of the largest and oldest (800 yrs old) Ponderosa Pines in Northern Arizona (SHOWN BELOW). Just for perspective, it would take three people to wrap arms around this behemoth.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
The best parking area to hike Telephone is .25 miles north of the West Fork parking lot, on the right side of Hwy 89A. Here you'll find a wide roadside area next to a natural wall of sandstone. This roadside parking area will hold 10-12 vehicles. No pass is required to park here. The trailhead is approximately 30 yards north of this parking area and clearly marked by a metal sign.
Moderate due to steep elevation gain
2.2 miles roundtrip
EST HIKING TIME
1.5 - 2 hrs
BEST TIME TO GO
Yes. Must be leashed. Please
pick up after your pet.