Explore the most popular walking trails in Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely one of my favorite hikes!

Loved the hike, although you need to go a bit further past the end to see the bigger pools of water

hiking
9 days ago

Awesome hike!! Lots of shade and beautiful views. River crossings were fun!

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing hike! https://youtu.be/cqi7BPSiyvk

hiking
11 days ago

I went here with my boyfriend a couple weeks ago. Parking was a challenge, but we didn't mind. The scenery here is beautiful, lots of little places to go off the main trail and explore. The habitat seems healthy and I saw some black phoebes catching flies and a blue heron. The trail is very green and the water is beautiful, definitely a soul-healing place.

I did this while six months pregnant. Beautiful trail and well worth making it to the end. We encountered practically zero people during 6 hours of exploring.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this trail with my wife. Nice easy trail with a little push at end. No specific payoff but a very nice hike with great views of the canyon walls. Lots of easy water crossings. We went the first part of May and the weather was perfect. Super nice entry level walk. A fair commitment if you do the whole thing.

hiking
13 days ago

As usual, West Fork didn't disappoint. This is an oldie, but a goodie for sure. It was a relief that we could find some water, as everything in Payson and practically anywhere else is all closed right now!

The hike isn't too difficult, but I'd recommend wearing shoes you don't mind getting a bit wet; you will be crossing multiple creeks. Our german shepherds were loving life and there was plenty of shade and water for them to enjoy/cool off in.

All in all, fantastic day in Oak Creek Canyon as per the usual!

Simply beautiful.

hiking
15 days ago

Whoo-ee is this trail in the sun. I mean I can't really blame the trail, I started at noon, in June (what a goon!). But if you're thinking maybe it wont all be exposed, save that optimism for another trail. To be fair, the last half is more wooded and shaded. The initial part does go along a resort, but I didn't notice the noise or disruption others mentioned. The hike itself is kind of cool..the tall red rock walls on either side are really nice to look at. Every time I got less than impressed with the hike I would look up and be back into it. There were no spectacular moments, and to be honest, I'm not sure there's any scenery you couldn't see on a shorter canyon hike, so I don't know about the bang for the buck on the 6-mile round trip. But the rock outcroppings are neat as you go. And I found myself liking the hike more on the way back (maybe because you know you're on the way back..). Not my favorite hike in the area but was only about 2.5 hours total, so not too time intensive either

One of my all time top 5! This hike has it all... red rocks, bubbling water, beautiful scenery and the end is just amazing with a “Narrows” like feel. It’s a long hike but if you start right at 8 when the gate opens you can do the round trip before lunch and not get too much sun. Make sure you have shoes you don’t mind getting wet and go to the end and past just a little bit I to the wilderness. If you walk through the water about 100 yards you turn the corner to an amazing view and place you can rest and enjoy the water. We will be returning with our backpacks and going even further next time to camp! SO worth it!!! Also make sure you have $10 cash as it costs that to park and they don’t take credit cards. The Butterfly Garden country store just south will get you stocked up on snacks and give you cash back! What a great way to spend a day!

hiking
16 days ago

Great, long trail through the woods. Lots of amazing sights. We thought the end of he trail was the vortex but the vortex is actually closer to the beginning of the trail. Still great for a hike later in the day because of the shading.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a wonderful hike and is great to get out of the heat. wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet, and bring a pair of dry sandals to wear once you get back into the car!

hiking
19 days ago

This is the classic Sedona trail. Apparently there’s a drought going on so the water is low but the trail is gorgeous and a delight. Take your time to stop and enjoy the natural life all around you. We stopped at a pool about three miles in and enjoyed tadpoles, insects, and gorgeous flowers.

Great hike with great views. Just about any avid to moderate hiker should be able to handle it just fine.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked this trail on a recent trip to Sedona for my birthday. Stayed at the Junipine resort which is about 5 minutes from the parking area for this trail. (Parking lot was already full by the time we arrived at 9am, so get there early if you want to avoid driving up the road and adding another mile to your hike like we had to haha!) We did not have a lot of time in Sedona and chose to do this hike because of it's high ratings and I was not disappointed! Even on a Saturday, with beautiful weather and summer break starting, there were many points on this trail that we were completely alone, and most of the time you either get passed or pass others. Loved all of the creek crossings, all very easy and only got the tip of my boots wet once or twice. The ferns and flowers, trees and rock formations, and abundant bird and creek sounds make this trail just so peaceful. Every once in a while a noisy group comes through, but most of the trail all you hear is the sound of your boots and nature. You reach the end of the hiking trail when you come to the tree with a sign nailed into it that lets you know if you want to camp you have to continue through the canyon which involves some swimming or wading in water. We walked into the canyon a little ways just to sit and eat and enjoy ourselves. Turned around before we got into any deep water to head back out. I will say, having never done this hike before, I kept thinking we were almost to the end, I, like many others, feel like the distance is misrepresented. I wish I had used my app to track our hike, but I forgot to set it up. Definitely felt closer to 8 or so miles overall (before our added hike to the car), but I did stop to take a lot of photos on the way in.

I just want to say, bring water! We saw so many people who were not wearing proper attire and who did not have any water with them. You will only make it so far with no water, while the canopy provides shade, this is still a long hike in and out without water. I drank about 30 ounces. Restrooms in the parking area are a plus!

backpacking
21 days ago

Amazing canyon views with lush canopy of trees ferns, and flowers. If your backpacking bring your water shoes and wear swimsuits. There’s several deep pools that require navigating in order to keep your gear dry. Stay to the left on these as it is shallower. You must hike an additional 2 3/4 miles past the end of the trail marker in order to camp so you’ll be bushwhacking for a bit. There are 3 great camping spots with sandstone seats made by previous campers.

hiking
22 days ago

We did this a "break-in" hike in our visit to Sedona. This was a beautiful walk and trails marked very clearly. We did the adjoining tail around the hill next to Chimney too, and took its trail to the summit. Awesome, a little windy but the view across Verde Canyon and Sedona was breath taking. My wife said the colors were vibrant around both hills (very different greens and bright yellows -- she is so much more sensitive to color than I -- I saw a lot of greens and browns... still beautiful to me). Would do this again. Maybe bridge this to Vulte Arch next time.

hiking
22 days ago

BEAUTIFUL HIKE.

Apple maps & google maps are terribly misleading. Once you turn off the 89A you will be driving down the fairly well maintained gravel road for quite a bit. The road for Robbers Roost is 525c, DO NOT FORGET THIS. At one point, there is a fork by a sign the says, “Maintained Yavapai Road Ends” . The right (rougher road) is where our maps told us to go but you want to stay LEFT. The road on the right will lead you down a rough road that ends at a gate that will lead you down a dirt trail that then takes you to the road & past the small ranch you could have driven by. The left will lead you past a small ranch then a little after is one area to park if you do not have a high clearance vehicle. You can continue driving up the trail if you do and park right at the trailhead instead of walking the few miles from the first parking area. We did not have to engage the 4x4 at all for this part. Then it is a fairly easy but steep hike. We had to wander around the top to find the cave but when we did, IT WAS GORGEOUS. My bf brought his blue heeler who had no issues get up there. We did not take him all the way to the cave because it is a very small, narrow ledge with no rails.

Beautiful. Easy to follow trail. Enjoy it.

Not 7.2 miles though I think we pushed 10.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked the West Fork of Oak Creek canyon in January. Still some icy water and patches of snow deep into the canyon. Beautiful hike. Chilly start but warmed up as the sun came over the top. Would like to hike it again in the fall but if I never get the chance, it was beautiful!

Awesome !!

hiking
24 days ago

I echo the Apple Maps problem. Even after reading the reviews I still missed the turn off and immediately saw that the route was inaccurate. Make sure to watch out for the turn off when you get 1.5 miles away from the trailhead. The hike up the trail was pretty easy but the spot where you are supposed to go right and head toward the cave is not well identified. I used the All Trails app to navigate when to turn off and it worked perfect. Once we got to the rock we did find that the only path in to the cave was a trail that leads you to walk around the side of a rock that looks worse than it is. But this was the only path to get in to the cave. The views once you get there are awesome, great pictures, and just very peaceful. Well worth the long drive. This was our last hike before traveling back home and we couldn't have picked a better one. Highly recommend!!

hiking
26 days ago

Loved this trail! So scenic the entire time! A little longer of a hike than the trail map says. It’s about an 8.4 mile hike in and out.

Such an awesome and varied hike! You cross over a creek 13 times, overlooking canyons. It’s one of the best hikes I’ve ever been on. It offers something for everyone - trees, water, beautiful birds, fish, the canyons I already mentioned and so much more. It’s also quite shaded which is quite different than other hikes around here. Only negative thing is this hike can be crowded, even on a weekday. Still worth it!

hiking
28 days ago

Did the standard out and back a while ago in July. Amazing sights, not tough at all. Stunning the deeper you get. Planning a through hike soon to see the rest.

hiking
1 month ago

Just loved it. So beautiful. When you get to the end if you’re feeling adventurous you can just continue on through the canyon, without getting wet, the water must have been low when I went. It just gets better and better as you continue, with each turn in the canyon. :-)

hiking
1 month ago

This was such a beautiful hike. I loved every second. Come early! There’s a line of cars usually on the weekends.
Great for people of all hiking levels (even kiddos!). I wouldn’t say everyone can necessarily make it to the end but you really don’t have to go the whole way to experience the magic ✨.

Enjoyed the trail. Scenery is beautiful as you wind your way back into the canyon. A few ups and downs in elevation, but nothing major. I recommend it!

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