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West Fork Oak Creek Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (47) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Out and Back

5,537' 1,688 m

High

5,287' 1,612 m

Low

510' 155 m

Up

510' 156 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No mechanized vehicles in Wilderness. It will be closed during times of high fire danger, usually in late June.
Day-use is $11 per vehicle (up to 5 people), walk-in, bicycle, bus: $2.00 per person. In lieu of this fee, the Big Three Pass or the Grand Annual Red Rock Pass will be accepted here.

Overview

It's easy to see why this is one of the most popular trails in the forest. It can be used year-round: the cool water is refreshing in the summer, changing leaves add vibrancy the beautiful canyon, winter drapes the and scape in snow and ice and spring breathes greenery and wildflowers into the landscape.

Description

A visit to this trail usually takes 2-3 hours round trip. There are a number of reasons why West Fork is the most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest. A pleasant little stream runs along the canyon floor and high cliffs rise above it. The trail is an easy stroll, but you have to cross the stream in a number of places. This usually involves negotiating a few stepping stones or taking some steps in shallow water.

The trail is marked for the first three miles; however, many hikers continue beyond that. Eventually, the pathway ends and you'll be forced to hike in the stream bed as you continue into the Secret Mountain/Red Rocks Wilderness. If you choose to travel all 14 miles from one end of the canyon to the other, plan to do a lot of wading and boulder hopping, and even some swimming.

No matter how long a hike you plan to take here, you'll enjoy it best if you come at a time when the trail is least crowded. Mornings and weekdays are best, and better yet if they're in the off-season.

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Condor77 77 with improvements by Abe H and 2 others

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  4.4 from 47 votes

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Photos

Tree hanging on the edge of the rock!
May 31, 2016 near Sedona, AZ
Looking at the canyon walls from Oak Creek.
Jun 23, 2016 near Sedona, AZ
Oak Creek
Jun 23, 2016 near Sedona, AZ
Lots of creek crossings make this a favorite.
Apr 21, 2019 near Sedona, AZ
Careful Crossing
Apr 1, 2015 near Sedona, AZ
West Fork Trail
Mar 6, 2018 near Sedona, AZ

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Jul 21, 2020
Aimee Cook
Jul 16, 2020
Zachary Webb
With Family (Luke un backpack carrier). Started at 7:15 am. Great hike! Beautiful day!
Jul 12, 2020
Jordan Mcgaughey
Beautiful 7.2mi — 3h 22m
Jun 21, 2020
Saman Garkani
With Lona — 4h 00m
Jun 20, 2020
hdjohnson
Very nice hike. Had to park on hwy 89 5.4mi
Feb 21, 2020
Denise Tucker
Jan 26, 2020
Jim Stratman
0.5mi
Jan 16, 2020
Sam Malamis