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Hiking/Biking, Sedona: 30 reviews and 73 photos

  creek along west fork trail
by goingsolo

West Fork is one of Sedona's most popular hiking trails. The early part of the hike is a sandy stroll amidst ferns and through an abandoned grove of apple, pear, and plum trees. You'll reach the ruins of an old lodge and then turn right through them into the beautifully forested canyon that is literally the west fork of Oak Creek.
You'll rock hop across the creek many times during this hike but there are almost always stones laid out to form a natural bridge so even if you're not an experienced hiker you should have little difficulty.
The path is wide black dirt that takes you past ancient ponderosa pines, maples, oaks, ferns, reeds, all manner of wildflowers, and other vegetation.
A little over one mile into the trail you can rest in a natural jaccuzi spot during the summer, or take a dip in one of the deeper areas of the creek.
Hike back farther and the trail becomes a little narrower as you walk through reeds and then climb up along a ledge in the forest above the creek. At the three mile mark you go down again and reach an area where you must either stop and turn around or go hiking through the water as the red rock walls of the canyon curve overhead.

From Phoenix, take I-17 north to Hwy 179 (exit 298). Turn left onto 179 and follow it past the Village of Oak Creek to the Sedona (Burger King) "Y". Turn right at the "Y" onto North 89A.

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  • Written May 4, 2004
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