Hike of the Week: West Fork of Oak Creek

Mare CzinarOctober 18, 2023
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West Fork of Oak Creek, Coconino National Forest, Sedona

West Fork of Oak Creek trail is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Arizona—especially in mid-to-late October when the Bigtooth maples blaze in shades of orange and red.

Combining all of what makes Sedona’s Red Rock Country great, the world-famous trail wanders through a canyon-bound wilderness of rock, water and lush vegetation. Soaring walls of buff-and-salmon-colored sandstone squeeze the trail into a sliver-like break in the landscape where the chilly waters of Oak Creek spill through stone bends and bizarre overhangs in the soft-sculpted sedimentary rock.

  • LENGTH:  3.3 miles one-way
  • ELEVATION:  5,280 – 5,520 feet
  • RATING:  moderate
  • BEST SEASON: October – April
  • FACILITIES: restrooms
  • FEE: $11 daily fee per vehicle
  • HOURS: 8 a.m. – dusk

GETTING THERE, Call of the Canyon Trailhead:

  • At the State Route 179/89A traffic circle in Sedona, veer right and go 10.5 miles to the Call of the Canyon Day Use Area between mileposts 384 & 385 on the left (west) side of the road.
  • Roads are 100% paved.
  • Hours are 8 a.m. to dusk daily.
  • There’s an $11 day use fee per vehicle.
  • No parking zones are strictly enforced along SR 89A.