West Fork Trail

MODERATE 521 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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3 days ago

Beautiful and easy trail! Out and back is about six miles with ~thirteen creek crossings. I wore Chacos which I found rather convenient for all the creek/water action you'll experience on this trail. As the trail is so flat and relatively not rocky my sandals worked just fine. I also recommend continuing to hike past the end of the maintained trail--that's when the adventure really starts!

I started on a Friday at around 11am and experienced moderate traffic. Nothing too terrible, but start earlier if you can. Parking is $10 which I thought to be rather steep so I just parked down the road a little bit. Walking along this highway is not super ideal but there are multiple pull-offs for cars not too far from the trailhead and then you only have to pay $2 to walk in!

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6 days ago

Great dog hike especially if you plan to wear water shoes and walk some of the hike through the water. You get a better view of the canyon walls and the water was really shallow. You could technically walk the whole hike through the water but we chose to walk half through the water and half on trail. The trail winds back and forth across the water- the signs says 13 water crossings. They all have rocks to walk across so water shoes aren't necessary for trail walking. If you go to the end it was about a 6 mile round trip hike for us, easy walk no hills.

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8 days ago

Great trail! I've been many times in the last 18 years and you never get tired of it! It's so great you can bring your dogs and it's not too difficult for young children!! Always shady due to the canopy of the trees! BEST HIKING SPOT EVER!

8 days ago

This is THE trail to see it all. We only hiked about half way (with an infant), but in that stretch you really get to see so much. Words don't do it justice.. just hike it for yourself. Trust me!

9 days ago

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10 days ago

Nice, easy walk. plenty of shade. Nice family hiking trail.

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13 days ago

Fun trail great creek crossings and challenge yourself by stunning a bit! Good luck

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16 days ago

Gorgeous views of the canyon!! Easy trail, 3 miles each way. loved the creek crossings.

17 days ago

Easy-moderate trail. Crowded on a Friday morning, but great riparian scenery and wildlife.

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