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West Fork Trail

MODERATE 296 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 rated as moderate. 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.

5.2 miles 501 feet 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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8 days ago

A great trail with 13 creek crossing! You can see red Sedona rocks, trees, and water! This is rare to see in AZ. Definitely go during March, it's perfect! I would recommend it as your first creek crossing hike. Bring poles or sticks for the creek crossing! I loved this hike!

8 days ago

Great trail. Great surprises around every turn. Walking stick and shoes you can get wet a must.

8 days ago

Beautiful. Managed to keep my feet dry through 11 crossings. Water level is dropping every day.

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19 days ago

This is has to be one of my favorite trails ever! It's beautiful and scenic and just has some of everything. Highly recommended but get there early since parking does fill up.

26 days ago

Beautiful but wear water shoes

28 days ago

Water was too high to cross on Wednesday. Is the water down today?

29 days ago

1 month ago

Great hike! Whooped my butt, or more like my feet! It was shaded in some areas and def had some good views!

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1 month ago

Beautiful , grab a stick at the start, there are many stream crossings.

hiking
1 month ago