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West Fork Trail #108

EASY 995 reviews

West Fork Trail #108 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 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
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

$10 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. 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.

3 days ago

scenic!

5 days ago

Great hike in a canyon with amazing 360 views of the rocks! Get there before 9 as the parking lot has minimal space and fills up fast.

hiking
5 days ago

Bets in Oak Creek Canyon. Easy for anyone in most places. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes as there are multiple water crossings. A must do, over and over again...

6 days ago

great hike with beautiful scenery.

hiking
6 days ago

By far our favorite trail in Sedona. It’s incredible to be down in the canyon itself. Incredible views of the rocks and canyon. 16 stream crossings- I would agree that overall this trail is easy, but there are a few rocky sections that are moderate. One of these is just before the last stream crossing, and we chose to turn around here as it was too hard on our big dog with arthritis. We ended up creek walking for about a mile and it has the flavor of being in the Narrows at Zion, except we had the whole creek to ourselves. This will for sure be the trail we come back to most in Sedona. Excessive water and shade, perfect for dogs. Go in the morning to beat the crowds.

hiking
9 days ago

A fun trail crossing the creek multiple times. Stunning red rock on either side.

11 days ago

A regular trek whenever am passing through! Always has water running and many spots for photography! Love it.......

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail easy hike but the creek crossings are a nice change to break up the hike. At the end you can keep walking the creek if you have time, do it

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. A bit of climbing and crossing over the creek a few times but it was an amazing hike!

hiking
16 days ago

Don’t be fooled by the amazing reviews of this trail, while there are some nice cliffs, it is more of what you’d expect from hiking in Ontario.

hiking
16 days ago

Completed the entire trail in a little more than 4 hours starting around 8 am and had no trouble parking. Much later and I understand the parking lot fills up. Best to have a walking stick to cross all the water. I didn’t wear water shoes and didn’t get wet. Absolutely gorgeous. Well worth the walk all the way to the end. The trail is hard to pick up at times as the marking is limited. We sent out a scout to confirm the trail before we all crossed or got too far down the way.

recorded West Fork Trail #108

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. Easy and cool, the forest is amazing! I do this trail every season and spring time definitely brings unreal greens and more water in the creek. Bring water shoes and continue in the canyon after you reach the end of the maintained trail. That’s the best part!

hiking
22 days ago

Definitely would do it again. Next time hike up the creek as far as I can. Beautiful trail.

hiking
22 days ago

Absolutely love this Hike! Very scenic with massive canyon walls, creek crossings and beautiful vegetation all around. Pretty flat/easy going trail but the length of it may get you a bit tired. Go in the Fall if you want to see some colors

hiking
25 days ago

What a beautiful trail.. we are first timers here and will be back to do it again. It is a must when you are in the area!!

hiking
27 days ago

Gorgeous trail! Not much elevation gain, but a beautiful canyon trail. We started early (7:30) to beat the crowds and I think the light on the rocks is much better at that time. To David Richardson: we’re both 67 year old grandmas and did just fine in this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. If I had to do over again, I’d spend more time in the shallow creek where you can appreciate the canyon walls and less on the trail itself. I’d also turn back about the 2.8 mile point. Lot was one in-one out when we got there at noon but seemed like crowd thinned out as you went deeper in the canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with gorgeous scenery and shade. VERY busy the day we went though. Get there early!!

hiking
1 month ago

We loved this hike! So breathtakingly beautiful! We will go again and again. Go for a swim too.

1 month ago

This is a great trail with lots of diversity of scenery (stream, rocks, pine trees, meadow. However, IT IS NOT AN EASY TRAIL!! It is definitely Moderate due to the length of the trail, the 13 (26 total) stream crossings and intermittent rock hopping. Water was low so we didn't get wet but stream crossings are balance challenge. DO NOT bring your 67 yrs old mother, aunt, boss (unless they are a horrible boss) on this trail unless you want to punish them. All was great on way out but about 3hrs in (it take 4 hrs+), legs gave out (two ACL sugeries) and the remaining 2-3 miles was a survival march. Again, great trail, shaded for most part and awesome scenery but NOT EASY!! (And we did the Cathedral Rock scramble hike/climb the day before). Enjoy!!

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic hike on Oak Creek in Sedona! Be sure to get there by 8am, when we were leaving the park at 11 it was wall to wall people!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hikes I’ve done in Az, get there early, take your time and go all the way to the end

1 month ago

Water was low and easy to cross. There is still some snow on the west side near the end. There is never a bad time to hit this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

A great couple hours in nature!!! Took my GSD who is almost 9 and had his knee fixed 6 months ago and he loved it!! Couple of creek/river crossings we both just plunged right on in... I did this in river sandals and it was fine just a little muddy and sandy but I find that makes it better!! Easy to navigate some moments of climbing rocks if you want to definitely get there early tho when we left I feel more people were coming than when we started...

hiking
1 month ago

4/15/19 with a 6 year old who loved the river crossings.

1 month ago

go past the end of the trail and get wet! the narrows are cool.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

It’s a great trail! Lots to see and fairly easy. If you aren’t an avid hiker, make sure you have good hiking shoes and water and you will enjoy the scenery and cool weather right now.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely love this hike! Never disappoints. Can take my kids, parents and grandkids on this hike. Fun especially in the summer. Bring crappy shoes you don’t mind getting wet! Bring second pair to change into when done! Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice shaded and family friendly trail! We took our two pups with us and it was nice to get away and hike the creek and see snow. Some areas you do have to cross the creek but it is doable and easy just take it slowly. Nice hike.

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