AURORA THE EXPLORER does the West Fork Trail Sedona, AZ
Length: 6.4 miles round-trip approx: 2-3.5 hrs
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate 3/5
Elevation: Approx 400ft (from 5,320 to 5,660ft)
Directions: 17.5 miles south of Flagstaff (9.5 miles north of Sedona) on paved roads in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Drive south 17.5 miles south from Flagstaff or north 9.5 miles from Sedona to about halfway between milepost 385 and 384. The trailhead is on the west side of the highway down a paved lane that leads behind a few creekside houses. Park at the Call O' The Canyon day-use area.
Dogs Allowed: Yes (on a leash)
Best Times. Late March - Early September
Horses Allowed: No.
The "Call of the Canyon Recreational Area"
- Open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Day-use: $10 per vehicle (up to 5 people)
- Walk-in, bicycle, bus: $2 per person
- Passes: The Big Three Pass or the Grand Annual Red Rock Pass will be accepted here for entry to the site.
The West Fork trail in Sedona is a sensational trail that offers a beautiful & relaxing way to beat the heat and give you some truly awe-inspiring sites. Before we get started, let me point out that this is a VERY popular trail with limited parking. I highly recommend you arrive no later than 9:15a to ensure a spot! Info on parking and fees, can be found above.
When you first start off on the trail you can admire how fairytale forest-like it seems. In the spring migrating songbirds gather here & offer a lovely opportunity for bird watching and listening. One of the first things you will come upon is the beautiful Oak Creek bridge! You can get an absolutely amazing view of the clear creek below.
(As seen on the left)
Then make your way to the burnt down structures of Meyhew's Lodge. Fun Fact: The first cabin at the site was built by Charles “Bear” Howard in 1870. This place is such a joy to explore! I love imagining what it must have been like to live there & how amazing it looked in it's day.
Once you have had your fill explorering the ruins & admiring the beauty of the towering canyon walls looming above, you continue your journey to the creek. Head upstream along sandy trails and be prepared to cross over approx thirteen times. The crossings are relatively simple & even refreshing.
Head upstream along sandy trails and be prepared to cross over approx thirteen times. The crossings are relatively simple & even refreshing as long as it didn't rain recently causing water levels to rise. I def recommend water-shoes or waterproof shoes either way.
On the last leg of this pleasant hike, you will run into a, incline of stepping stones, which is simple but may feel moderate nearing the end. Soon after that, you reach the end. The trail will come to canyon walls that close in on you. This is a great time to get some pics, eat lunch, admire how the water has created all the beautiful walls around you. .
From this point, the hike is very challenging, wet and requires an overnight stay. Please PM me if you re interested in contunueing beyond this point.