Westfork Trail Sedona Arizona
|Miles||2-3 Miles Round Trip|
One of my favorite hikes in Sedona is West Fork Trail, located just north of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon right off the 89A highway. West Fork Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Coconino National Forest with peak seasons during the fall and spring. If your not much into crowds then avoid hiking here during these seasons especially on the weekends as it can be a hotspot for tourists. Also worth mentioning, there is a $9.00 charge per vehicle to hike here.
What makes West Fork Trail such a mecca for hikers from all over the world is what it has to offer. This isn’t your typical run of the mill kind of hike, you will literally be getting your feet wet. Oak, pine, and aspen trees are what make up this part of Sedona and they will bring you to many crossings over and alongside a winding stream throughout the entire hike. You cant avoid getting your feet wet on this trail unless your wearing waterproof boots and if your adventurous enough, you’ll want to take advantage of the few areas that give opportunity for a swim.
With an elevation gain of roughly 200 ft, most anyone can hike this trail with ease, but if you wish to continue beyond the first 3 miles of marked trail, you can continue for another 11 miles into the mountain wilderness. During the rainy seasons, snow melt comes down from higher elevation, giving rise to the stream that can get as deep as 6 feet in some areas. This is a perfect opportunity for a swim and I’ve tried it. The water is a little chilly but once your in, you’ll get used to it.