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“Trail that combines canyon with forrest”

West Fork Oak Creek Trail
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Ranked #11 of 153 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Trail that combines canyon with forrest”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

A great day hike near Sedona. I arrived around noon and the parking lot was full, luckelly someone was leaving and I didn't have to wait. Entrance fee is $10, separate from Red Rock district pass.
This was a 3 1/2 mile trail (one way) with little elevation gain. The trail follows a wide canyon along the river. The canyon is forrest and a very peacefull. The views of the surrounding cliffs are outstanding. There are quite a few river crossings, I had hiking shoes and they were ok. The river isn't deam and there are rocks to help cross.
At the end where the canyon narrows it becomes completely wall to wall river. If I did have the right footwear I would have ventured further up the canyon to explore. It didn't appear deep.

This was a great hike to explore while in Sedona. I would say a must do, but also a popular trail (if you are looking for solitude).

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Andrew H
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Get there EARLY...and be prepared to get your feet wet”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

We arrived here one day at 10:30 pm and the parking lot was already full and there were five cars ahead of us in line to get in so we went the next day at 9:15 a.m. and got in. We weren't prepared for the stream rock hopping (several times) and we all wound up getting our shoes and socks soaked. So come prepared to possibly slip of the rocks into ankle-deep water! It's very scenic and easy to hike.

Visited April 2014
Thank Diana B
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Cool and tranquil.... A good 1/2 day easy(ish) hike”
Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Another great spot. The 7 mile round (there and back) trail crosses the creek numerous times...(no deep bits so normal foot ware fine) as you gradually wander through forest and canyons...which soar majestically above you. awesome. Take your time, sit and feel at peace with life. After about 3 miles you reach a massive rock hewn amphitheater .. We thought this was the end... But don't be fooled keep following the trail.. Which narrows and then climbs a few steps... And then down a little way to the end. A tranquil spot where you look ahead down the creek...

The return feels and seems quicker than the way in...


To go further ( and you can) you need water proof shoes... As you need to wade through the shallow water... Down the narrowish gulley... we saw a couple return who had down this and they said the views were amazing as the rocks start to narrow around you...

...we were tempted..but didn't have the footware

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Val J
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Scottsdale, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Stunning and Spectacular - Best in Arizona”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

I've done a few hikes in Arizona and enjoyed them, but nothing in the state matches the beauty of the West Fork Trail. The hike is 3.3 miles long via the maintained path and that part is gorgeous. The elevation does not change much and much of the hike is shaded so it's perfect to escape the Arizona sun. The real beauty begins after the first 3.3 miles when you begin walking in the water up the creek to some amazing places.

Visited April 2014
Thank Michael S
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Centreville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice and easy trail to follow”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

2 miles north of Slide Rock, along 89a and very easy to do with a few crossings of oak creek. A few historical spots to view as well.
Shady trail for most of the hike.

Visited April 2014
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