West Fork Oak Creek Trail

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West Fork Oak Creek Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Shane Eigell (239)

18 Completed6 Reviews

The West Fork of Oak Creek was the epicenter of the Late May 2014 "Slide Wildfire", which burned over 21000 acres until fully contained on June 4th. While the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is still assessing the degree of damage, a "Slide Fire West Fork Flyover" video has been posted to youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAtm8PNr-Cg) by the USFS. This video, and numerous still images, show that some areas of the ridgelines above the West Fork were Fully Burned while others had only the undergrowth charred. Amongst this video are statements that the West Fork Riparian Environment has been relatively unscathed. Lets HOPE SO!! And let's hope that authorities catch the individuals who are responsible for this Human Caused Wildfire who well could have TAKEN this Jewel of Nature from us (probably permanently as the area's famous Maples are otherwise very rare in Arizona).

Christine Burns (58)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Wonderful easy hike! We have hiked it several times and take visiting friends as well. Everyone we take on the hike finds it breathtaking. Just a friendly reminder to those going in the winter, it is ice covered and spikes are really great to have.

Leonore Lee (77)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Easy trail for all ages, cross crossing back and forth over the creek was very fun but beware that your feet might get wet. Stunning views looking UP at the canyon around you. Great for trail running if you don't mind slowing down to cross the creek. Parking now $10 + $2 for each additional person over the first 5.

John Morrison (57)

2 Completed1 Reviews

great hike and beautiful bites

Katrina Wright (274)

14 Completed10 Reviews

Beautiful views!! Amazing rock formations I was so surprised to see the amazing things this trail has to offer. The trail was busy. We did this hike with our 6 year old and 5 month old puppy. The best part was walking in the river at the turn around point it was freezing cold but the view was worth it.

Ah Poozi (1979)

141 Completed50 Reviews

It's a nice hike, but there are other hikes just as good where there won't be as many people. $9 is steep if you ask me and they don't accept the interagency pass. But it is a fun hike. The creek is really running now because of the storm so you're going to get wet to at least mid calf if you want to go all the way to the narrow pool. Water is chilly, just wear some sneakers that drain well.

Shelly Gee (88)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Absolutely my favorite place in the world!! Fall, Spring and Summer! The pics don't even do it justice!

E E C. (86)

We went during early November, yellowish and brownish red leaves are everywhere some are on the ground, but it's still very beautiful. Hopping across the creek are fun and those red rock canyon cliffs are pretty pointing up high to the sky and being reflected down to the creek. Dogs are permitted on trail which is a plus. This trail is very popular especially during fall season, be prepared to line up for a parking spot if you arrived in the afternoon.

Amber Moleterno (117)

4 Completed2 Reviews

This trail is AMAZING!!! My hubby and dogs and I went the end of September amd the weather was great. I would suggest going early just because you may have to wait for parking. We came in after a church group, but really didn't pass many people on the trail. Very peaceful and beautiful. We will be going back during the smow season! I was told that you can go past the 3.5 mile mark and the trail continues to a place where camping is allowed, as well as campfires! Dogs did great on the trail as well.

Shane Eigell (239)

18 Completed6 Reviews

West Fork Oak Creek is a winding but well-travelled 3.5-3.8mi trail that closely follows the namesake creek through several segments of twisted red rock canyon. It is shaded along its full length by the copious Ponderosa Pine, as well as the Oaks and Maples that are the big draw during the 2-3 weeks in October when the Canyon turns all shades of Yellows and Oranges and Reds with Fall Color. There is relatively little elevation gain, but there are 13 creek-crossings before the "official trail end" which are nothing but rock scrambles across the shallow creek. The trail ends at a "subway", with sandstone walls falling directly into the water - knee-deep to chest-deep depending on season for the next 100's of yards.