West Fork Trail

MODERATE 281 reviews

West Fork Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona 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.

5.2 miles 501 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)

4 days ago

Great hike! Whooped my butt, or more like my feet! It was shaded in some areas and def had some good views!

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12 days ago

Beautiful , grab a stick at the start, there are many stream crossings.

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17 days ago

I believe the best season to go there is Winter time,
Better scenery and also its easier to find a parking lot !lol....yeah ..thats right !in Summer you may have to wait long time to find a parking spot!
All and all a very beautiful trail!

backpacking
1 month ago

Super amazing. Outstanding scenery. Very easy brisk paced walk. The creek crossings were fun although they were a bit cold at the time. Would recommend for either a beginner or advanced hiker. Although it is around a 5 mile hike, the beauty distracts you from the miles walked and before you know it you are ready to turn around and head back!!

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely loved this trail! Take $10 cash for the parking fee and shoes that you don't mind getting wet!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

My friend Lynn and I hiked in the fall with the leaves and stream crossing a must do ! amazing beauty

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. I've been here multiple occasions. My children were able to enjoy this trail with no problems. I think the only reason it is moderate is because of the streams being slippery. Some of my group slipped and got wet but that's all part of the experience. I've been here in fall and summer. Both beautiful times to go. So many photo opportunities and beautiful scenery. You have to pay to get in and sometimes parking can be a pain. But well worth the wait.

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hiking
2 months ago

We went In December and it was great !! It does get a bit cold in the canyon so bring gloves and hat just in case. The water was flowing slow so crossing were easy but a bit muddy.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was beautiful! Went yesterday . There was snow and ice but not a lot most of which was melting. So far. This is one of my favorite hikes! I hiked alone and had a great time. MOST people on trail were super pleasant that I came across . You cross approximately 15 creeks there and back total. So be prepared to wear good shoes . Can't wait to go back in the summer!