West Fork Trail

MODERATE 451 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.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
501 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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)

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2 days ago

Stunning scenery and the trail was simple to follow. Want to backpack next time.

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2 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. I suggest anyone in Sedona devote a morning to this. Despite google gps and the website saying the parking doesn't open until 9am when I arrived at 8am there was already some cars there. When I returned three hours later, after the hike, at 11am there was a long line of cars waiting for a parking spot to open. The other benefit to going early is you can beat the heat of the summer. When I started the hike it was about 75 and when it ended it was over 100 degrees. The only downside I found to this trail was that it's busy. Don't forget a camera!

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3 days ago

This hike was amazing! Got there on a Thursday at 10:30 and there was no line to get in. Hiked with my 4 and 6 year old. They loved it. Made it to the 5th water crossing with them and they wanted to swim instead of hike. It was beautiful. Tons of butterflies. Bring water shoes!!! A must do with kids!

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4 days ago

This was my first solo hike ever. I don't think I have ever experienced such beauty. This is a must do, no matter where you're from!

4 days ago

Great family fun trail. Plenty of shade and water crossings to help manage the heat. Good starter trail for newbies or those with youngsters.

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12 days ago

easy, well used trail. 90% shaded. crosses Oak Creek more than a dozen times tho no need to get your boots wet unless desired. over 7 miles out and back but can go much further on less traveled path. paid $10 and waited 25 min for limited parking space at trail head on busy summer Sunday. well worth it.

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14 days ago

West Fork Trail...."Extended Trail Option". For a "Slot Canyon" Experience, you may safely continue tramping for an additional 1.5 miles. You will be rewarded with a true wilderness experience in a slot canyon. There is little elevation gain. There will be many worthwhile views and several sandbars perfect for a picnic or overnight camping! The sighting of 2 Bald Eagles nesting, and a young black bear foraging along the stream bed ! My reward for deciding to extend my hike an extra 1.5 miles ! I suggest that this trail be placed in the top 3 best hikes in the Oak Creek Canyon !