West Fork Trail

EASY 804 reviews

West Fork Trail is a 6.9 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
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
839 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)

12 hours ago

Very nice trail. The trailhead opens at 8am and I’d suggest getting there early or you’ll need to wait for people to leave. Be prepared for a bit of accidental splashing and possible damp feet. It was worth a couple of damp toes.

7 days ago

This is one of my top 10 trails! Absolutely beautiful! Canyon walks change with every turn. Went beyond the end point for extra scenery. It was amazing.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail.. well marked and beautiful at every turn. Be sure to go on to the very end of the Canyon. There the walls of the Canyon surround you and the creek runs through. Soft trail with some climbing and navigating of creek crossing. Crossed the creek 28 times in all.

9 days ago

Always hard to get a parking spot, and never a disappointed hike!

9 days ago

Very beautiful hike featuring Sedona’s iconic red rock cliffs, gorgeous riparian areas, pine trees, and flowing water. The only bummer is the wait to get in and the crowds... so be early. It’s fabulous from beginning to end! My gps clocked 7.5 miles but we went a little past the end of the maintained trail, which I would recommend doing if you wanna see more beauty of the creek and narrow red rock walls. Super easy hike to do for all ages and dogs. Took about 4 hrs with frequent stops for pictures.

hiking
11 days ago

Loved this hike! Crosses the very shallow creek many times and it's easy to get your feet wet, but that was my favorite part of the trail (as well as the very end). Make sure to wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty/wet and maybe extras to put on at the end. Keep in mind parking is very limited so you will probably have to wait for parking spaces to open up. Cash only entry.

hiking
11 days ago

Loved the hike. We went with our 6 year old and 14 year old and it took us a total of 6 hours to complete the hike at their pace. We enjoyed the multiple creek crossings and especially the end when it narrows and you have to walk in the creek to continue. Bring waterproof hiking shoes, it will make the hike more comfortable.

13 days ago

amazing!!!

15 days ago

Might be great, but arrive EARLY.
I'd love to have a serious rating for this trail but it was so crowded (on a Wednesday) that there was a line of cars backed up onto the road and an angry ranger was yelling at everyone and not letting anyone in.

16 days ago

Beautiful hike up the canyon. Criss-crossing the river. Amazing views of overhanging rock formations, ponderosa pines and wildlife. Heavily trafficked. Wear shoes that can get wet.

hiking
16 days ago

We loved this trail! It took us five hours to complete because we were in no rush . Enjoying the scenery and serenity. At the end our three boys discovered there were lizards living among the rocks. So that added yet another hour of some catch and release.

19 days ago

Lovely shaded hike. We did this with our 3 kids, ages 11,7,7. They enjoyed it, not too hard, but fun creek crossings and nice scenery. It is long. Best to go early- not as busy

walking
19 days ago

A completely shaded trail!!
Easy yet fun trek in the woods surrounded by tall majestic red rock formations
Loads of fun to do with family
Had to park on the road as parking gets full fast

hiking
23 days ago

Very overrated- def not top 10 in America. The best scenery in Sedona is closer to town near Bell Rock etc. Also this hike was close to 9 miles round trip. Took us 5 hours w lots of photo stops on the way in and moving fast on the way out. There’s free parking up the road past the lot about 1/4 mile. $2 pp walk in fee. Lot fills up fast. Nice canyon views 1 mi in. Nice cyn view at the end but not worth the trouble. Also very crowded on the trail. Poles or waterproof shoes will help with all the stream crossings.

27 days ago

Beautiful hike! Weather was great! The river crossings were a nice added bonus to the hike. Great for my little ones and teenagers! Want to come back in the summer when it is green!

hiking
29 days ago

Perfect weather. Crossings can be a little tricky at times but not that difficult if you take your time. Water level was low so they were a little easier. Would recommend.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike! Absolutely gorgeous scenery! You will cross the creek 13 times on the way in so you’ll definitely need waterproof shoes. Will definitely do again.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my absolute favorite hikes in Arizona. This hike is a go to year round and especially nice in the warm weather when you’re able to enjoy the water.

walking
1 month ago

BEAUtiful!!! definitely will be back to see the wild flowers and the green!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely one of the best trails I have ever done. Unfortunately we had gone on a day that was forecast to rain throughout the day and it was a bad decision since we didn’t have much rain-proof gear, so it was cold and wet. Nevertheless, the views were 10/10 and would definitely go back again on a sunny day. There’s not much incline but it is a decent distance to the end of the trail and the stream crossings definitely slow you down but makes for an interesting hike.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike. Creek was a little difficult to navigate as the water was high after a rain but we did it! (We’re new to hiking, age 62). We thoroughly enjoyed this.

1 month ago

Love this trail. The temperature was perfect in this first weekend of March. There was a lot of snow on the ground which was a really cool contrast with the creeks and the rocks and the trees.

1 month ago

I think February is the Best time for this trail. Not too crowded mix of snow and sun. Amazing views, amazing hike!

2 months ago

Very beautiful hike

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is beyond beautiful and the end is the best part! I would definitely hike this again and again! It’s a great hike for good distance without it being too difficult and the sights are so amazing!

2 months ago

Amazing Trail...worth every step of the 7 miles in and out picturesque to say the least.

2 months ago

Awesome trail. Very pretty views. I actually would mark it as 'semi-easy'. The trail itself is easy to walk but the length makes it a pretty good work out. We are 58 and 60 though and pushed it pretty hard. Took us about 3 hours and we didn't lolly gag. Definitely would do again.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail what a mix in temps!! Water crossings were easy but water level was pretty low. Fun hike in water snow and mud!!

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