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West Fork Trail

EASY 648 reviews

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
400 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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1 day ago

It’s a long hike to and back. Lots of river/creek crossing. Good chance you’ll get wet. Super high walls reminds me of Zion. Count a good 3 to 4 hour hike. Parking slim, so get there early.

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1 day ago

Very pretty but too busy for those that like to feel more solitude on hikes. It was on my list to do and I am glad I did. Get there early to get a parking spot as the lot fills very fast and bring $10. I went in April so it was cool enough in the morning and by the time we got back to the car it was warming up. I don’t know if I would do this in the summer since it is in a canyon and it can heat up fast. It felt longer than 5 miles round trip though. I was pretty tired by the end. There are plenty of places to cool off in the water and it is a must see trip when going through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Regardless of the time of year bring plenty of water and snacks as the length of this trail is what might get you more than the technical difficulty

1 day ago

Long, but nice and easy for kids

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3 days ago

BEAUTIFUL in the fall. My pictures are from a few weeks ago. Make sure you bring $10 for parking or cross your fingers that you’ll find a place on the side of the highway

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5 days ago

Even on a rainy day the hike was beautiful! A little anti-climatic at the end of the trail, however the beauty on the way makes up for it! Easy hike with multiple creek crossings (don’t let this deter you).

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7 days ago

This was a light walk. We took the hike mid-November. It wasn’t a favorite and that could be time of year. There were several lovely areas but not so spectacular that it made it worth the multiple creek crossings and dust. So much of Sedona is amazing. We preferred some alternate paths with more sun.

7 days ago

One of my favorite trails so far!! Worth the hike!

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10 days ago

Loved this trail and our pups did too!

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11 days ago

Nice easy/moderate out and back hike with 15 creek crossings before reaching the end. You can continue a little further if you are willing to wade in the creek. About 7 miles total if you go all the way to the end (and get your feet wet). Nice way to spend a few hours. There was a lot of shade so temps were pretty mild in November.

11 days ago

This trail is explained as"easy almost flat" which is true for elevation but you do have to scale rocks which were not easy. You also have to have the correct shoes for bolders in the water.

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12 days ago

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