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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rocky
3 hours ago

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15 hours ago

Easy, Family Friendly, Shady, Great Views. It’s easy to see why this is a popular hike. Make sure you walk a little past the end of the trail. That portion was the best part.

hiking
1 day ago

This is an incredible hike. It reminded me a little bit of the narrows in Zion but with less water and slightly smaller canyons but still quite impressive. I filmed the entire hike in 4k, it can be viewed here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFCcB03vM-nepESoPJ4KvA

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rocky
1 day ago

Lots of shade and many water crossings that were easy to hop across. Great trail with sand, big trees, water, beautiful breathtaking mountains, on a very warm day, really enjoyed the 10+ mile hike.

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fee
2 days ago

Worth noting: get there early but not too early. Cars are welcome at 8am - but a line starts at 730am. We had hiking shoes only and stayed dry. We weren’t able to go the entire way (still tracked about 7.6miles) Beautiful hike altogether. The early morning light and cooler air is worth getting there early. Took us 3.5 hours round trip. Very good trail! Look up often :) the sights are above you!

3 days ago

I started at the west fork Bridge crossing and hiked the entire canyon to the Call of the Canyon parking lot. Doing it again this month.

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fee
3 days ago

Easy trail with plenty of opportunities to get in the creek and walk, wade or even swim at parts. Water shoes are a must and hiking shoes. Very pretty and not too crowded, but does have traffic.

4 days ago

This trail is very pretty but the side trail is hot. Also get out of here Karen.

Closer to 8.4 if you go all the way to the sign indicating no more maintained trail. Lots of people in various places in water but not overly crowded.

it was a nice sedona trail. The end was ok. plenty of areas to stop and enjoy the creek. Best to get there early, there was a long line waiting to get in before it opens. trail opens at 8am. we got in line around 730am and there was at least 20 cars in front of us.

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5 days ago

Gorgeous trail. In warm weather, hike up through the creek instead of on the side trail.

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5 days ago

Unbelievable beauty waiting at every bend of the trail. It may be an Easy trail but anything but boring!

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5 days ago

Great scenery.

Loved it! We did 5,5 miles of it and my kids were in heaven. They walked in their hiking shoes that were waterproof which we highly recommend! They also were in their swimsuits since there was plenty of water to enjoy. The path itself is made up of sand so if you wear the keens with holes be prepared to get a bunch in there. Lots of shaded parts and such a great hike

7 days ago

love this place

hiking
7 days ago

One of my favorite trails in Sedona! The river crossings are a great way to stay cool and the canyon never gets too hot with all the shade. My dog loves laying down in the water to cool off. You can sometimes lose the trail at the crossings but aside from that it’s well marked and maintained. Parking can be tough but we usually just wait until someone hikes back out. It’s relatively busy but most of the families and groups drop off about 1/2 to 2/3 in. Usually the only ones at the end of the trail. Could hang out in the water for hours.

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fee
7 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail. Canyon views on both sides, and constantly next to the river. Recommend water shoes or waterproof boots, you will be walking in the water quite a few times. Relatively flat all the way through, makes for an easy hike. If you have a dog be careful because the sand gets hot and can burn their feet. Might be a little long for younger kids, but if you know they can do it I think they’d enjoy it. Great hike, definitely recommend!

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8 days ago

Beautiful trail, mostly shaded and lush. Wear water shoes and you can walk the Creek.

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8 days ago

Started my hike at 1:30pm and it was completely shaded. A lot of people starting out but many drop off before reaching the end so you still have good moments of silence. Perfect solo hike.

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rocky
9 days ago

Trail was fully shaded for the 1/2 half hike in at 7:45am. Tons of birds, herons, lizards- not much else in terms of wildlife. Perfect water crossings for all skill levels. Gorgeous inner canyon views.

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fee
10 days 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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fee
11 days 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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fee
12 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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12 days ago

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

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13 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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13 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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