West Fork Oak Creek

Sedona, Arizona

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With colorful walls rising hundreds of feet straight up, a picturesque stream, and an interesting collection of flora and fauna, the West Fork of Oak Creek is one of the most spectacular canyon systems in the state. What makes this hike especially wonderful is that it all begins within a few minutes of the trailhead. Although such a combination can make for some crowded hiking—as many as 300 visitors a day—the West Fork is too good to miss.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona

by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)

With colorful walls rising hundreds of feet straight up, a picturesque stream, and an interesting collection of flora and fauna, the West Fork of Oak Creek is one of the most spectacular canyon systems in the state.

What makes this hike especially wonderful is that it all begins within a few minutes of the trailhead. Although such a combination can make for some crowded hiking—as many as 300 visitors a day—the West Fork is too good to miss.

© 2015 Scott S. Warren/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 feet
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest; Red Rocks - Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Wilson Mountain, Munds Park, Dutton Hill
Driving Directions: Directions to West Fork Oak Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

10/29/2010
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Pretty colors with the changing leaves. Parking lot was empty when we arrived at 8:00 AM but was overfull when we left at noon. The signage there at the trail says the hike is 2 miles one way. it was obviously much more than that. The 8 miles length stated here makes more sense.


10/4/2008
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Great for those wanting to hike in the cool comfort of shade. Nice creek crossings. Wonderful views of canyon walls towering overhead. The color mixture is wonderful.


8/30/2007
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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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