West Fork Trail

MODERATE 192 reviews

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 547 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)

hiking
9 minutes 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!

hiking
9 hours ago

We went with snow on the ground and it was beautiful! Provides a different perspective than fall and spring.

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15 days ago

fun morning hike. very active trial.

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23 days ago

Family favorite. This hike has 34 total creek crossings (up and back) with lots of changing scenery. Mostly level and mostly shaded.

hiking
23 days ago

This ended up being one of my all time favorite trails! While it is not particularly challenging - it's so much fun! The scenery changes throughout the canyon, and with 13 creek crossings each way you certainly do not get bored. I went on a Tuesday in November - the weather was perfect - but the lot was still full (and it's $10 to park in the lot) and We had to wait for a car to leave. I would imagine it's total chaos on the weekends - so shoot for a week day! All the other folks we encountered were very nice. I highly suggest this trail to anyone who wants to get out of the city and relax!

25 days ago

beautiful trail

26 days ago

Beautiful

hiking
27 days ago

Stunningly beautiful and shady hike.The canyon walls are so gorgeous. Take a camera. Lots of water crossings, so using poles is a good idea. Check the weather and take snacks. It's so beautiful you should take lunch and eat it on the trail on one of the sunny warm rocky areas or in the grass at the end of the trail near the old ruins. I went with a hiking group of old folks and they were seriously good hikers. Lots of fun and lots to see.

30 days ago

A fun little hike through the woods with creek crossings.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy hike through Oak Creek Canyon. Make sure you go about a mile beyond where the All Trails map marks the end of the trail. There is a beautiful windy narrow section of Canyon that officially brings you to the end of the marked trail. You will see a sign just before this point that notes same. If you hike all the way to this point it's about eight miles in total
Round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

One of my all-time favorite hikes. Picturesque at every turn.

1 month ago

Lovely shady hike through the forest and along the creek. Nice change from all the hot desert hikes. Would be good easy one to run.
Note- You have to pay a tenner to get in!