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West Fork Oak Creek Trail



2.7 mile 4.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 565' 172 m
Descent: -244' -74 m
High: 5,650' 1,722 m
Low: 5,285' 1,611 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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Trail shared by Condor77 77 with improvements by Abe H

The most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest.

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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 $10 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.


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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Sep 7, 2019
Patrick Duffy
Aug 7, 2019
Virginia Monge
Jul 29, 2019
Erica Lynn
Beautiful hike - will absolutely come here again. 3.3mi — 3h 00m
May 30, 2019
C Vink
Beautiful canyon with excellent birding. Went past the end of the trail for a few kilometers and it was very worth it. Less crowds and huge views 4.5mi
May 19, 2019
Inessa Martin
May 18, 2019
A. Sionna
Trail is good. 3.5mi
May 14, 2019
Elizabeth Lauten
Apr 26, 2019
Shawn Grogan
Hiked with Lisa and Doug and Jack. AWESOME TRAIL!!! Little Zion narrows at the end — 4h 00m

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