West Fork Trail

MODERATE 144 reviews
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West Fork Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles 400 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Semi-shaded by trees and towering canyon walls make this the perfect 7 mile Sedona hike if you want to beat the heat. Trekking up Oak Creek's west fork offers one of the best hiking experiences in Sedona, an area already known as a hiker's paradise. The steep canyon walls and the shade of trees make this a perfect trail if you're looking to avoid the heat of the Arizona sun. Trace the creek upstream along pleasant sandy trails and thirteen separate river crossings and enjoy the imposing views of the canyon walls towering above you. Unless the waters are high, the crossings are relatively easy, and the elevation gain on this trail is slight. The trail ends where the canyon walls close in on you and there's nowhere else to go without getting your feet wet. Enjoy the great views, make the most of the photo opportunities and marvel at how the water has etched away at the rock over the millennia. If you're suitably equipped, you can continue to wade upstream for another quarter of a mile or so. The pebbly creek bed can be a little hard on bare feet, but it might be tolerable to you - also be careful of the smoother rock surfaces underfoot which are particularly slippery. Eleven miles north of Sedona, the trailhead at the Call of the Canyon day use area has limited parking availability, which may be an inconvenience to some, but early arrivals will enjoy a relatively uncrowded trail. Elevation gain: - Approx 400ft (from 5,320 to 5,660ft)


1 day ago

Beautiful sights and fun spots for splashing. It's late August and the weather is PERFECT! My kids are 8 & 10 yo and were able to keep up a great pace but we all found it too beautiful to try to hustle through it. Water and snacks are a great help.


2 days ago

fun trail, go early it gets busy in the afternoon. $10 to park, with restrooms at the trail head.


2 days ago

hiking

This was a very easy trail. We got there after a rain, so it was a little muddy and a little buggy. But you cross back and forth over the river and can get some lovely pictures of the river, trees, and mountains as you walk through. When we were there it wasn't too busy because it had just rained, but I can see it being a pretty popular trail. Just be sure to have an extra pair of socks in case you step into the river when trying to cross it!


3 days ago

hiking

Hiked it in the rain. So fun and so pretty!


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28 days ago

Great hike - keep the balance when passing the creek 11 times - not difficult.


29 days ago

One of my favorite trails, ever! It's wonderfully shaded and offers many water retreats along the trail. It's a good five mile hike but doesn't feel too long, as there is so much beauty to take in. Remote areas along the trail with plenty of wildlife. A must do in the Fall


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

hiking

Great hike. Crossing the creek was a lot of fun. Bring water shoes and a snack


1 month ago

hiking

It is a great summer trail in sedona with enough tree coverage but still breaks for views. Bug deterrent.. etc... is a must.


1 month ago

Excellent trail with a dog. Shaded, fun creek crossings and not too long. Get there EARLY to avoid the crowds.


1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Arizona. I come here to reconnect with nature and escape the city pollution. I have done this hike three times now. Great hike for families and dog lovers. I love bringing my dog here as he loves all the creek crossings. The air is always clean and smells of sweet pine. Although I wish there was a swimming hole here it is a gorgeous hike.


1 month ago

hiking

It's the most beautiful hike our family has hiked!! I would highly recommended it!!


1 month ago

Some of the most beautiful scenery! Highly recommend this trail!


1 month ago

This trail is now one of my absolute favorites! Breathtaking scenery throughout the entire trail. It's a simple walk in the woods with some incline.


1 month ago

great hike for a family. Our 4yr old did the entire hike and our 20mo old did over a mile and wanted to keep going on his own. There are a bunch of dogs. people are eating low because of how long it takes people to cross the stream. this is a hike that families can go on and enjoy the outdoors. if you do not want to be around families enjoying the outdoors go to a more difficult, rugged hike.


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1 month ago

hiking

Cinematically beautiful, if rather touristy.


1 month ago

hiking

We made it about halfway because the trail closes at dusk. relatively flat with many easy stream crosses in june. the trail follows a green, luscious forest with lots of ferns. unlike most of the trails we have hiked in Arizona.