West Fork Trail

Sedona, Arizona

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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.

West Fork Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Munds Park, Dutton Hill, Wilson Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to West Fork Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/11/2009
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Absolutely gorgeous! Take water shoes and you can continue up the creek as the canyon narrows.


8/2/2008
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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.


10/24/2005
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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.


3/13/2001
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We had a really great experience here this week. We found that if you are an experienced hiker, you could go much farther in than the map shows (although this required some getting wet). It was a bit crowded, we must have seen at least 15 other people, and that is in March! The stream crossings might be a bit dificult for some, as the water in the canyon is quite high right now. Overall, a great hike... we will certainly return when the water level lowers.



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May 2018