West Fork Trail #108 Oak Creek

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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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11 hours ago

Trail is easy, but a lot of fun. The crossings are a kind of puzzle. The first half has wide sandy trail that has only small incline. There are a few patches of ice after crossing 8 on 2/28/20. Bring good waterproof boots and poles and crossings are much easier. Or grab a walking stick from the pile at trail head.

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15 hours ago

lots of rewarding views for not too much work the end of the trail is a nice sight. If you dint have good balance I recommend bringing or finding a walking stick to help cross the creek and waterproof hiking boots. overall worth the hike beautiful views

This a great hike. I would highly recommend this hike. Trail was pretty easy to navigate . You will cross the creek about 13 times but it was fairly easy. I would recommend waterproof hiking boots and walking stick. Very scenic

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8 days ago

I read that this is one of the best trails- if not the best- trail in the Sedona area, and we found this to be true. Awesome hike in the canyon with lots of trees. It is in the wilderness, so some scrambling involved over rocks and downed trees but still relatively easy. It was more moderate when we hiked the trail due to snow and ice, and we didn’t have the shoes with us to push further through the creek the 2.5 miles past the end of the trail. There are 13 water crossings, so waterproof hiking boots are recommended. There are steppingstones, but your feet will still hit the water. We’ve been traveling the U.S. for almost 2 years and have hiked some awesome trails, but this trail is the best so far!

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9 days ago

Real pretty and not too hard. Water for the whole length of the trail.

12 days ago

Amazing trail! some parts were quite snowy and some icy paths so my biggest recommendation is hiking poles! ez on the ice and easier on the stream crossings. low water level. started at 0830 the tmp was 0c and below and was rising slowly. beside one squirrel and few crows, no other wildlife were detected. easy trafficked on this time of year. trail is very clear and good maintenance.

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12 days ago

Hiked the trail with our 10 year old puggle. This time of year the trail was still muddy and even snowy. Icy & slippery in a few spots. Very pretty views with trees, river crossings, and cool red rocks!

hiking
14 days ago

Outstanding! Started this trail around noon and took about 4 hours with lot of stops for pictures. Not a physically challenging hike but we did slip a few times on the icy parts (even with poles!). Water crossings were entertaining and the trail maintenance is superb. There was a family in front of us that were heavy smokers though and we did come across some fresh cigarette butts on the trail. Come on people, respect the environment!

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16 days ago

Great high cliffs and not too much work for a lot of reward.

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20 days ago

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23 days ago

Couldn’t finish because the crossings were frozen

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25 days ago

Early morning solitude! Met nobody on the way in - a bit of snow & ice on the path but with proper hiking boots and sticks no bother. Fabulous scenery!

hiking
27 days ago

fun stream crossings, bit of snow on trail but it's packed down

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27 days ago

By far my favorite trail to hike. This is the most scenic hike I have ever been on. The canyon views are spectacular and majestic. We went in fall and the leaves were so beautiful in fall colors. There are at least 13 stream crossings which are not too bad although I did lose my balance and get my boots wet. So be sure to bring a change of socks. Highly recommend this hike as a must see in AZ.

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