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West Fork Oak Creek Trail
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Old Bear Wallow Tour from Sedona
Ranked #21 of 158 things to do in Sedona
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Owner description: Trail that follows a creek at the bottom of a 1,000-foot canyon.
Reviewed June 18, 2012

We are not expert hikers. The West Forks Trail is perfect. It is about 3 miles each way along the most beautiful trail you can imagine. Flat. You need to cross the creek it follows several times and step from rock to rock. But anyone in reasonable physical condition can do it.

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Reviewed June 17, 2012

On our hiking day in Sedona we decided to start out with Bear Mountaikn, which promised stunning views - which proved a fact indeed. We were back after some 3 hours and decided to go up Oak Creek Canyon a ways and hike West Fork, as commended by RedRox. This hike is diametrically opposed to Bear Mountain in its characteristics. Whereas Bear Mountain is steep and exposed, West Fork is more or less level and in the shade of stately, ponderous trees. We parked our Jeep at the trailhead - and paid 9 dollars for the privilege - yes, nine, and no Red Rock Pass or Annual Park Pass is valid. The hike is mostly in the shade, in among the trees, paralleling the creek, on a sandy trail, but easy walking, and it crosses it a few times on stepping stones. The walls of the fairly narrow canyon offer ever new impressive formations, different heights and colors as you make your way up the canyon.
I'm not quite sure as to the length of this trail. The printed guide says 3.3 miles one way, the information board by the parking lot calls it a 3-mile loop - which is definitely not true ... I don't know how far we actually went, but we hiked for a total of three hours, and we crossed the creek nine times one way ... and we must have gone around 3 miles or so.
There's a spot when the creek deepens over some flat rocks and where we saw people actually sitting in the water. As we were hiking in, loads of kids were returning towards the parking lot, many of them in swimsuits.
This is a great and easy hike everybody can do, as it is not strenuous in the least. You just need a good sense of equilibrium to cross forward and back across the creek - or get your feet wet. Some people actually wore sandals and were walking in the water.
This is a hike I can highly recommend - easy, interesting and beautiful.

Thank Esty666
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Easy shaded trail with spectacular views! It has lots of water crossing to get your feet wet. We saw lots of families on the trail. Bring a picnic and enjoy!

Thank ShariJ
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

The trail is pretty, don't get me wrong, but it did seem like it never ended! Not as exciting as we were made to believe that it was.

Thank OhioLive4Vacation
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

Our best hike in the Sedona area out of 4 we did on a 5 day trip. The views are spectacular...your neck will be sore from looking up at the canyon walls. Do this hike, its amazing. For an added bonus, bring some water shoes and hike up canyon from where the official trail stops. We learned later you can continue upcanyon 11 more miles hiking in 12 inch deep water.....bring a sandwich and drinks and day hiking does not get any better....

Thank ks404
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