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West Fork Trail

MODERATE 160 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 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

10 days ago

Great trail. Took about 3 hours out and back. You have to pay for hiking even if you don't park in the parking lot so make sure you have cash

hiking
10 days ago

Liked the variety of the terrain and landscape. Quite active on a Sunday afternoon, but everyone was friendly. Really enjoyed crossing and being near the creek for most of the hike. Also enjoyed the discovery of the resort ruins, showing some history of that location.

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice easy/moderate hike...well shaded and maintained. Beautiful slot canyon with 23 creek crossing. Signs say 6.5...my gps said 7.5 out to pool and back...would do it again!

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. Very pretty. Not too hard. Kept my short attention span. I will say, don't go in the evening as they WILL lock you in.

hiking
17 days ago

It was a roundtrip of 8 miles for us, from the parking lot until the end, where the reflection part is. We went on September and water wasn't that high so we didn't need water shoes nor swimwear. It's mostly shaded.

hiking
17 days ago

It was a roundtrip of 8 miles for us, from the parking lot until the end, where the reflection part is. We went on September and water wasn't that high so we didn't need water shoes nor swimwear. It's mostly shaded.

hiking
19 days ago

I really appreciated the shade on this trail and the 13 water crossings were a fun way to mark how far along we were. Highly recommended!

hiking
21 days ago

21 days ago

Awesome views and scenery, easy hike for all. Definitely recommend.

hiking
24 days ago

Just shy of 2 hours each way to all the people, pets, and creek crossings... Great pictures.

hiking
25 days ago

By far one of the most beautiful hikes we've ever done. The terrain was really varied through streams and trails. We went with two kids, age 8 and 13 and I'm 5 months pregnant. It was an easy hike and took us about 3 hours round trip.

hiking
28 days ago

Wear water shoes to enjoy it a little more. Nice hike for any skill level.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking was a little ridiculous but the hike was worth it. We ended up hiking for a little over 7 miles. Beautiful views! I would recommend it!

hiking
1 month ago

No elevation changes and plenty of river crossings

1 month ago

Went in July, was a great hike! Shady, warm, cool huge trees! Loved it! The canyon walls are amazing too!

1 month 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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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