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West Fork Trail #108 Oak Creek is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 820 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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$11 parking fee. Semi-shaded by trees and towering canyon walls make this the perfect seven mile Sedona hike if you want to beat the heat. There is a $5,000 fine for letting your dog off leash. 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. Cell reception can be tricky. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.

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8 hours ago

It’s a Wonderful easy day hike. Mostly sandy soil with some rocks. A little overgrown. Very pretty creek alongside trail. Trail crosses creek many times.

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1 day ago

Got there at 6:45 a.m. and were fortunate that the Ranger let us park, pay and be on our way...just note that the gate opens at 8!! Lots of shade, was fun trying to find the trail when you lost it! Beautiful and easy going hike!

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2 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike. One of our favorites over all. Beautiful forest scenery with the tall pines, the smell, the canyon cliffs, the streams, the ferns and wildflowers. So fun to cross the streams. Nice non strenuous hike with plenty of shade and water.

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2 days ago

Bloody excellent . Did not disappoint. Hung out around different spots and spent 6 hours meandering :)

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2 days ago

GORGEOUS! This is hands down one of my favorites! I can see why some would say the trail isn’t marked the greatest, but I also didn’t think it was too difficult to get on the trail. There’s a TON of amazing photo spots and a lot of places to sit and eat a snack. Once you get to the end of the trail there is another 2.3 miles or so until you get to the campground. it’s not too difficult - a lot of kids and doggos on the trail! Everyone was super friendly too (: Ps - there is limited parking, so unless you get there early - be prepared to park a little further down and to walk a bit!

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2 days ago

Took our dog, had a great hike with the family. This is Memorial Day weekend and the trail was very busy. We got there around 10am and had to park on the side of the road a mile away from the trailhead. Which was a pretty stressful mile walking on the side of the road. The trail was amazing, we are planning to come back and next time we’ll get there much earlier!

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3 days ago

Great trail, easy. You have to get there early to be able to park , parking is limited. Several creeks , so be prepared to get wet a little. Tried to complete it but once you get to a certain area it’s difficult to find the path to get to the camp site. Also some of the trails are not marked so it’s easy to get lost.

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4 days ago

Very nice place, about 3.3 miles. All trees around the trails, many shade areas, perfect for summertime, not too hot. Better bring another shoes if you come here, cause you have to cross over rivers. Car parking 11$ Level of this trail: Easy

Absolutely beautiful. Relatively easy, one of the favorite hikes I’ve done. It’s about 90% as beautiful as Subway in Zion but with 10-20% of the work. Highly recommend.

West fork is open! No crowds and an empty parking lot when we arrived at 9:15 AM. Needed to climb over a few fallen trees, but otherwise a very easy hike. 13 river crossings before the end of the trail. It’s worth continuing on in the water for at least 0.5 miles, gorgeous.

Very beautiful area. Path is at bottom of massive cliffs to the sides. Get there early or forget it, parking lot is full quickly. Super worth it. One big con is the trail isn’t well marked at all at some points. If it isn’t busy with people easy to get lost. Use AllTrails and/or gps to keep track.

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8 days ago

West Fork is now open as of Monday, 5-18-2020. First day open after covid closing. Hiked to the end and into the river. $11 fee to park. Enjoy!

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8 days ago

WEST FORK TRAIL OPENS TODAY MAY 18

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9 days ago

West Fork parking lot and trail is currently closed due to Covid-19 concerns. It is due to reopen Monday morning May 18.

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10 days ago

West Fork is currently closed due to Covid-19. Scheduled to reopen May 18.

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17 days ago

West Fork Trail is closed due to Covid-19. The entire Oak Creek Canyon is closed. Anyone caught on the trail by a Ranger is liable for a fine of up to $5000 or up to 6 most in jail or both. Total elevation gain is 270 ft and the trail is approximately 6.5 miles total. We currently are told that West Fork Trail will reopen May 18.

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1 month ago

Awesome trail with a nice scenery. Fairly easy with a lot of small river/creek crossings.

3/21 Trail is currently not passable due to snow runoff. First crossing is 6 inches deep and water temperature is 0C. Water is flowing very quickly.

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flooded
2 months ago

we could not cross the first stream with the kids

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2 months ago

Stunning hike through a mix of rock and natural vegetation. With the recent rain the end was a beautiful rock pool. 13 streams to cross each way so depending on the time of year be prepared to get wet feet. A deeply satisfying hike if you like being close to nature rather than clambering over rocks.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

This hike was nice and easy going. I was hoping to see something amazing near the end, but nothing ever came. overall kind of a disappointing hike.

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2 months ago

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