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“Amazing Walk. Fantastic Sights Even a Short Distance In”

West Fork Oak Creek Trail
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Owner description: Trail that follows a creek at the bottom of a 1,000-foot canyon.
Halifax, NS, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Amazing Walk. Fantastic Sights Even a Short Distance In”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

This was beautiful and wonderful. We had children with us, and arrived late afternoon the end of November, so it was cool and we couldn't stay too long or hike in too far. But it was worth every minute we spent there. Absolutely beautiful.

Anyone traveling to the Phoenix area, or planning to visit the Grand Canyon, I would encourage them to stop in Sedona and spend a little time here.

High and unique rock walls, a lovely river, a cave early on that impressed the children - I'd love to come back here.

Tough to capture its beauty in a photo, at least for me and my camera.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank wsekem
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6 reviews
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“Hiking in Sedona”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Best trail in Sedona. Easy path to follow and plenty of photo experiences Always enjoy the scenery in any kind of weather. Love the slot canyon at the end of trail.

Visited February 2013
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Reisterstown, Maryland
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“A Perfect Family Hike with Excellent Photographic Opportunities”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Our family did the first 5-6 miles of this hike last summer, setting out about 10:00 a.m. on an August morning. It was a hot day overall -- mid-to-upper 90's -- but the creek valley and the shade trees make this a somewhat cooler and more pleasant walk. You do have to cross the stream many, many times -- I think there are 13 crossings in the entire hike, so multiply that x2 for the return trip. A trekking pole or two would definitely come in handy. But the creek is typically only a few inches deep, so even if you slip and fall in, it won't be that big a deal. The scenery is quite attractive, and while we encountered other people periodically, most of the time we were by ourselves.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Jefferson G
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“Bring Crampons and Treking poles if it's winter”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Hiked to the end and back 03 Jan and wouldn't have made it without the right equipment. You have to cross the creek multiple times on icy rocks and small trees. Took us about 2 1/2 hrs to cover the 7 miles but it was quite cold which motivated us to move quickly. However, we only ran into three or four other groups on the trail, and only on the first half. We had the rest of the trail to ourselves which was quite nice. I don't know if it's all winter, but there was no fee to park when we went. I imagine the canyon would be lovely in spring or fall as well. Definitely worth the effort!

Visited January 2013
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Groveland, Florida
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“Bring your Pedometer & Watch to track your progress, Camera, Hiking Boots, icy in winter”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We hiked this trail in February mid-week so there were not many people at this trail when we arrived around 11:30AM.

The 2 miles we hiked from the parking lot involved crossing the creek many times (counted 8 of the 13 crossings) each way. You have to be sure footed to perform this hike during the winter months as the ice, and finding a dry rock to step on can be a challenge. Most of the trail we travelled was in the canyon and paralleled the creek so we took several pretty pictures of the creek.

Past the 2 mile mark (big boulder in the middle of the path) the only path beyond this point was small and packed down ice and no sun in the canyon to melt it. Since we were not prepared for the snow and ice encountered and did not see anyone at this point, we chose to turn back so we could get to our car before sunset.

This is a beautiful trail and we will return to complete it on our next trip. However, the Bell Trail (High trail) and Weir Trail (Creek trail) along Beaver Creek is the “Local GEM” unknown to most hikers and will provide you with better panoramic pictures and is less travelled.

Visited February 2013
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