Hike West Fork Trail in Sedona

Hike West Fork Trail in Sedona

West Fork Trail is one of the most colorful "fall" hiking trails in Arizona. It is just north of Sedona in Oak Creek and is the perfect spot to see the changing colors of the leaves.

The trail has a gorgeous backdrop of sandstone and rocks with towering trees and the sound of Oak Creek in the background. Even with a lot of people on this trail, it was very peaceful.

West Fork in October

From Sedona drive north on 89A past Red Rock Slide Park a little ways there is a small parking area on your left side called Call of Canyon Day Use area. Parking is very limited and this is a popular trail, so you may have to wait for a parking spot to open up. Alternatively you can park on the side of the 89A, but make sure you have a Red Rock Pass.

The beginning of the trail starts out as a paved pathway that leads to a footbridge the crosses the creek. It then turns into a wide dirt path and then alternates between a smooth to rocky path.

There are several places where you will have to cross the creek, although when we were there we had no trouble finding rocks or logs to make our way across the water.

After the footbridge there is a beautiful spot to wade or swim in the water if you are so inclined. The water is very cold though, especially in October. I think this area is one of the prettiest spots on the trail.

West Fork hike in Sedona

Although further along the hike we saw a lot more red leafed trees and those were very pretty up against the red rock and blue sky. The trail is mostly shaded, so this would be a great spot to hike in the summer as well.

The fee is $9.00 per car or you can use the Big Three Pass. There are toilets and picnic tables at this area. Dogs on leashes are allowed. The trail is 3 miles long and takes about 2 hours to hike.

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