After the Slide Rock fire all the trails in Oak Creek Canyon were closed for about 4 months. They reopened the trails October 1, so I’ve been hiking some of them to see what the fuss was about.

The Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch hike is about about 1200 steep feet up, 800 steep feet down, and then reverse. Maximum altitude just over 6,000 ft. Supposed to be about 5 miles, but it felt longer.

Here’s looking east from the pass.

Sterling Pass Vultee Arch

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Vultee Arch is named in honor of Jerry Vultee, aviation pioneer, and is near where he and his wife Sylvia died in a plane crash in 1938. Mountain flying can be treacherous.