Towering above you as you hike up the West Fork of Oak Creek are red and white limestone and sandstone canyon walls. At your feet is the gentle burble of the creek surrounded by wildflowers. The descending notes of the Canyon Wren’s song echos against the rocks. It is no wonder that this is one of the most popular hikes in Oak Creek Canyon.
To reach the West Fork trail, park at the Call of the Canyon day-use area (there is a fee for parking) about ten miles north of Sedona. The first three miles is easy hiking on a clear trail. More experienced hikers may wish to continue although the trail becomes more challenging with many creek crossings and even a swim through a narrow section.
Because of its popularity, the West Fork can be crowded. To avoid the crowds go there early in the day on a weekday especially in the summer. The off-season is generally less crowded and can be quite beautiful with icicle hanging from rock ledges in the winter.
To find your way to Sedona and the West Fork of Oak Creek, go to the Alternate 89—Prescott to Flagstaff Road Trip Guide.
My wife and I hiked the trail this past spring (2018) and it is a stunning trail. It was our first hike in the Sedona area and I measured all other trails against this one. Very special, as your photos and story indicate.