West Fork Trail

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance2.6mi
Elevation Gain881ft
Trailhead Elevation5,329ft
Top5,490ft
Elevation Min/Max5282/5490ft
Elevation Start/End5329/5329ft

West Fork Trail

West Fork Trail is a hiking trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area and Coconino National Forest. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 5,329 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 881 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Oak Creek Path.

West Fork Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"An easy, very popular hike through the spectacular West Fork of Oak Creek, in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness."

"The West Fork Trail is among Arizona's most popular trails. Located in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, this near level trail parallels the West Fork of Oak Creek, a major tributary of Oak Creek.

The trail follows a deep, narrow, vertical side canyon with frequent stream crossings. Plan on getting your feet wet. This spectacular, lush wooded canyon has steep colorful, exposed sandstone walls towering hundreds of feet above the trail. There is a diverse selection of exotic flora and fauna. The variety of large trees include ash, cottonwood, fir, maple, oak, pine, and walnut."

"An easy, very popular hike through the spectacular West Fork of Oak Creek, in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. The West Fork is an easy but extremely popular hike. It is not the place to go to escape crowds, especially on weekends."

"West Fork Trail 108 follows the West Fork of Oak Creek as it carves its way down through the Mogollon Rim to join Oak Creek at the bottom of the canyon. Before the creek, it passes the ruins of the Mayhew Lodge. Th is is considered (and publicized as) one of the best hikes in the state, if not the country. It is correspondingly popular."

West Fork Trail Reviews

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7/19/2018
Classic Sedona trail, very beautiful, striking red rock canyon walls and fun creek crossings. It is an easy to moderate hike, which makes it accessible to folks of many ages and fitness levels. Lots of shade, which is welcoming in the hot Arizona sun.
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6/14/2018
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3/28/2018
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8/11/2009
Absolutely gorgeous! Take water shoes and you can continue up the creek as the canyon narrows.
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8/2/2008
What a great hike. We wanted to escape the heat of Phoenix so we headed to Sedona. We arrived around 10:30 and the parking lot wasn't completely full yet, but there were alot of groups there. At first we were a little worried that it was going to be constant people on the trail - but it was good. The first mile or two were alot of people, families, and dogs - we got to know some of them because we all walked together - but then after mile 2 when the trails becomes a little more primitive, it was a blast. Then we actually hiked another half mile in the water and lunched and then hiked back. This really would be a great trail for young kids (the first two miles) and if you keep going - it gets really quiet and seclued for those who want a more active trail.
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11/3/2007
A very scenic, easy, trail, but very crowded. The parking lot was full, and there was no solitude to be found on the hike for the first few miles. Avoid weekends for better experience.
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8/30/2007
This is a beautiful hike up the most popular trail in Oak Creek Canyon. There is an $8.00 fee to park your car at the trailhead (in addition to the fee for the Red Rock Pass to park anywhere on the National Forest). Also, the trailhead parking lot is gated with a sign that says it doesn't open until 9:00am. This is awfully late to be starting a hike in the dead of the Arizona summer. My wife and I arrived at the trailhead at 6:45am only to be turned back. We took another hike and returned at 9:00am to discover the gate was unlocked at around 7:30am and the trail was already crowded. As we hiked up canyon, the crowds lessened and we were treated to a beautiful canyon hike. The hike seemed mostly level with little apparent elevation gain. There are approximately 10 stream crossings which is no big deal in August, but at other times of the year, I would anticipate getting your feet wet. Bottom line: this is a "must do" hike if you're anywhere near Sedona.
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6/23/2007
This is a great trail. There are tons of buetiful veiws and many nice sound of nature around you. The only downside to the hike is that there are alot of people. I am not to bothered by this but I prefer to be alone. Also you can do this hike when it is hot out so you can go for a dip in the creek
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10/24/2005
PARKING AREA WAS FULL, AND CARS WERE WAITING IN LINE TO GET IN, SO WE BY-PASSED THIS TRAIL IN FAVOR OF A LESS CROWDED TRAIL -- LITTLE HORSE TRAIL OFF BELL ROCK PATHWAY, WHICH WAS A 2.5 HOUR ROUND TRIP.
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11/1/2001
Truly a great trail for all ages. The first part passes through old homesteads and an old apple orchard, that still had apples for us to snack on. After the first half mile, the trail then leaves the wide open path and enters steep canyons. Truly great colors on the canyon walls, and the vegitation and stream running along the trail make for a truly relaxing walk in the woods. We brought a picknick lunch and ate on a huge rock slab along the river. Be aware the trail could be fairly busy, so parking at the trail head may be a little tough. Also, the trail head is about half way through the Oak Creek Canyon scenic area, which is one of the nicest scenic drives in the country.
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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
Dutton Hill,Wilson Mountain, Munds Park USGS
Local Maps

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Oct 2018