West Fork Trail

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West Fork Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail 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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20 hours ago

My second year coming to see the fall colors, and first time going all the way to the end (river crossing with waved walls on both sides.)
The leaves were already changed mostly, so I think we missed the peak by a few days, but a beautiful hike nonetheless.

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1 day ago

Hats off to those who keep this trail in shape! Beautiful day for a wonderful hike!
TIP=arrive early or be prepared to wait for parking at the trail head.

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An easy trail, perfect for anyone to take on. The fall colors are amazing right now. Go early in the morning if you wish to enjoy the trail in peace. This popular spot is full of locals and tourists by mid morning.

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5 days ago

This is a must hike trail if you are in Sedona. I loved it.

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6 days ago

great time and cool weather. everyone we met were the nicest people. only drawback was the wait getting into the park due to very limited parking but was still worth the wait. just remember to bring a little cash for the entrance fee.

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9 days ago

SUCH A BEAUTIFUL TRAIL! Easy hike (nature walk) that is fun for everyone. Many creek crossings, so wear waterproof shoes!