Kessler, Shaylee, and I caught a ride to the upper trailhead and started down West Fork of Oak Creek. The upper half of the canyon is slow going since you have to get over a lot of pine trees and there is much boulderhopping. A few narrow sections added some excitment and most had pools of very cold water to swim. We brought a small raft to ferry packs across, but we had to blow it up at each pool. The slot sections with the pools were quite fun, even if the water was cold. We found a nice place to camp just below where Flintstone Canyon joined West Fork Oak Creek. The kids slept in a tent and I slept under the stars. I didn't sleep that well, but that's pretty normal for me.
In the morning, we packed up camp and headed down canyon. The canyon was really beautiful and spectacular. We were in the water most of the time and had to wade up to waist deep, but didn't have to pull out the raft. It was a really nice hike and one of the prettiest sections of canyon I have done. We eventually reached the maintained trail and followed it back to the lower trailhead. It seemed long and was getting hot when we were away from the water. It was a good trip.
The hike started out on an easy trail, but as we headed further down the canyon the trail disappeared and it was a rough hike through a rocky dry riverbed with small drop offs and short scrambling sections. On the way back up it hailed on us.
It was neat how the starting of it was just a narrow wash and it quickly turned into a canyon.