West Fork Oak Creek Trail
West Fork Oak Creek Trail
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Trail that follows a creek at the bottom of a 1,000-foot canyon.
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  • Blee50
    Eagan, Minnesota23 contributions
    Best hike in Sedona
    Best trail in Sedona to escape heat, enjoy scenery and be a little challenged by the stream crossings. We were a group of college friends Class of ‘80 and we thoroughly enjoyed the hike, gorgeous cliff walls on both sides of mostly shaded trail with fun but a little challenging stream crossings for mid 60’s females! Best to bring hiking sticks to maneuver over the rocks but a little water never hurt anyone. Our only regret is that we couldn’t do the whole trail as we were pressed for time. Here’s the biggest tip we got. Parking lot says it opens at 8 am and when we arrived the first time at 9:30 were easily turned away. The lot actually opens at 7 so we were there the next day at 7. Don’t miss this hike. You won’t regret it!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 3, 2023
  • GNAC-001
    Fulshear, Texas318 contributions
    Relatively flat, shaded hike.
    We’ve walked this trail many times. New hazards- some fallen trees that you have to go o over, under or around. Some areas are poorly marked.. but even so it is hard to get lost. Expect your feet to get wet. Numerous crossings..
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • mreid
    62 contributions
    Gorgeous scenery
    Opens at 8:00 am, $12 parking (very limited), trail is 7+ miles round trip The trail is nicely shaded most of the way. There are 12 fun creek crossings. You will encounter deep sand in some areas, a few downed trees, and the trail can be confusing. But, the scenery is amazing!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • MeganMich13
    Dickinson, Texas9 contributions
    Breathtaking views and a Great Hike for New Hikers, Like Me!
    We visited Sedona at the end of July/Early August so we spent a lot of time in overcast weather with a little rain in the evenings. We arrived at West Fork around 8 AM on a Tuesday and the parking was $12 and traffic picked up pretty quickly, but parking was no issue for us. When we first arrived I had to put on a jacket because it was a little chilly (my phone said 54 degrees). By the end of the hike it was 85 degrees, but still very comfortable considering it's shady. This hike does not gain a lot of elevation quickly, so you don't utilize too much energy at any certain spot. I would highly recommend you pack a change of shoes and socks (the river can be tricky if you're trying to stay dry) or wear sandals (if you don't mind sandy feet). Also, make sure you check out the remnants of what appears to be the "Mayhew Lodge" at the beginning of the trail!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
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Laksme
San Diego, CA23 contributions
Feb 2021
This was a wonderful hike. We did it in February 2021, so it was about 52 degrees with snow on the ground. The landscape was beautiful. We had to cross 4 creeks that were flowing pretty good. Slippery and more snow on the ground as we went deeper into the trail. I recommend hiking sticks.
Written February 28, 2021
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Fei L
Houston, TX2,723 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
We took others suggestion and arrived early 6:50am. The parking lot is half full. The temperature is much cooler than the city, so wear layers. It was easy trail without huge up down but it is soft sand trail which is a little hard to walk on. The fall color is perfect display along the trail. At the end of trail, we continue walk along the side rock for half miles, the view is amazing, worth the extra effort!
Written November 19, 2020
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GrandmaSue13
Plymouth, MI120 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We hiked this trail in February and portions of the trail were solid ice and very slippery (about 3/4 mile). My husband fell once even though he was wearing hiking boots. The trail is not well marked (0 cairns) and you’ll cross the creek 13 times. It was a stunning hike despite the slippery conditions . The cliff walls, greenery and deep blue sky are unforgettable. I think this trail would be even better in the spring or fall.
Written February 20, 2020
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Fred F
Jasper, TN395 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a wonderful fairly easy yet Long Hike along the Oak Creek. You'll cross the creek Many time. The real jewel is past the end of this 'official trail'. Hike past the sign and explore the beautiful formations carved into the rock. Expect to get Wet. You'll have to hike in the water once you leave the main trail. Beautiful and peaceful. As we hiked a significant thunderstorm came though announcing itself with huge claps of thunder and lightning strikes. We never say the lightning, but the thunder was Over whelming.. Pictures cannot do this hike justice. The only wildlife we saw were a couple of crows enjoying the black berries along the creek bank. Round Trip for us was around 7 miles. We were beat.
Written September 19, 2021
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DJsnorkeler
Asheville, NC135 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We first did West Fork many years ago, and it’s the only Sedona hike we do every trip. For the end of this hike, I’d recommend you be ready and happy about walking in some shallow water. Don’t let worries about wet feet cut this hike short for you. We had a round trip total of almost exactly 9 miles, and we more-or-less turned around at 4.5 miles, which is about 0.5 miles after the trail ‘ends.’ Several people we saw out that Tuesday (7/7/2020), went well past where we turned around. We loafed, watched birds, ate lunch out there, and we were out there 4 hours 53 minutes. This trail is not for the crowd averse. We recommend this trail if you like to walk around in beauty. Arrive early. No, earlier than that.
Written July 9, 2020
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parhama1980
Dallas, TX41 contributions
Sep 2020
We really enjoyed this hike since it is different than most in Sedona. We loved the forest, plants, creek crossings, rocks and canyon.

We arrived at 745 on a Wednesday morning to ensure we would be able to park (passed day prior around 11 after completing Devil's Bridge and lot was full). 745 was a good arrival time for a weekday--lot was about 25% full. When we finished around 1130 there were people waiting for a spot and the gate/entry employee was circling the lot looking for those leaving.

Great morning! Fun hike.
Written September 18, 2020
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jaysquares
Chicago, IL26 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We entered the park at 6:45am. Sign on booth says open at 8am but the nice lady at the booth told us that they are open from dusk until dawn. We did not realize there was an $11 fee (we have the red rocks pass and it does not cover this park)

Before the trail starts there are signs about the history of the area that are very interesting.

Trail is an easy hike - beautiful shaded trail along the creek. When you get to the end (which most people turn around before they get there) there is a rock beach where you can wade into the creek and go into the canyon. The view is spectacular. We switched into water sandals on the beach and waded into the canyon (on the advice of some super nice camper ladies that told us to go around the bend).

We sat on a rock in the canyon and enjoyed the views. We spent 5.5 hours there. One of our best days in Sedona!
Written June 4, 2021
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mreid
phx62 contributions
Jul 2023
Opens at 8:00 am, $12 parking (very limited), trail is 7+ miles round trip
The trail is nicely shaded most of the way. There are 12 fun creek crossings. You will encounter deep sand in some areas, a few downed trees, and the trail can be confusing. But, the scenery is amazing!
Written July 21, 2023
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Designer Girl
Scottsdale, AZ10 contributions
Sep 2021
One of the nicest and easiest trails except for the multiple streams to cross. Wear water shoes and bring a hiking stick to enjoy the day. One of the most popular hikes so arrive early. Not a loop but you can easily hike in and see beautiful views and then turn around if you didn't want to do the full 7 miles.
Written June 13, 2022
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MelissaC
Phoenix, AZ13 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
My family and I arrived around 10 am on a Wednesday and knew it would be busy. The parking lot was at capacity so we traveled up and down the road looking for parking on the side. On our second pass we saw several cars leaving the parking lot so we turned in. The ranger in the booth waved us out yelling "We're full and we don't answer questions!" Tried to explain there were several empty spaces (cars were visibly turning out) but she "doesn't answer questions." Ended up going to Slide Rock and got right in.
Written October 9, 2020
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