West Fork

I personally have not been to West Fork since they built the day use area and parking lot. Mostly because of how crowded it gets. The scenery here is absolutely stunning though, and a must see if you have never seen it before. If you are not fond of crowds in the wilderness like me, but are able to get up and out early, then you possess the key to seeing this gem in relative quiet.

The following is the bulk of the Coconino National Forest webpage on West Fork. Please read as there is important information that you need to know. To go to their page click “Here”

There are a number of reasons why West Fork is the most popular trail on the Coconino National Forest. You’ll know some of them once you’ve strolled beside the pleasant little stream that ripples along the canyon floor and looked up, way up, at the dizzying cliffs that tower above it. You’ll know even more if you come in the spring,when migrating songbirds decorate the trees with flashes of brilliance, or in the fall when pastel leaves float in clear reflecting pools under a canopy of solid color. You can even add to that list if you come in the winter, when icicles hang from red rock overhangs and snatches of snow persist in cool shadows. As a matter of fact, you’ll probably find a new reason to be here every time you visit.
As for the trail itself, it’s an easy stroll, but you do have to cross the stream in a number of places. Usually, that involves negotiating a few strategically placed stepping stones or taking a couple of steps in shallow water. The trail is marked for the first three miles; however, many hikers continue beyond that. Eventually the pathway ends and you will be forced to hike in the stream bed as you continue into the Secret Mountain/Red Rocks Wilderness. If you choose to travel all 14 miles from one end of the canyon to the other, plan to do a lot of wading and boulder hopping, and even some swimming.
No matter how long a hike you take here, you’ll enjoy it best if you come at a time when the trail is least crowded. Mornings and weekdays are best, better yet if they’re in the off-season.
When you do come, remember to take special care and leave this beautiful place better than you found it. Of course you know not to litter, but picking flowers and autumn leaves can cause just as unsightly a scar. So can short-cutting or rock throwing. Treat this natural treasure with the care it deserves and you’ll have plenty of reason to come back and see it again and again.
Rating: Easy
Hiking time: 2-3 hours round trip
Notes:
No mechanized vehicles in Wilderness.
This trail can become extremely crowded, especially on summer weekends.
It will be closed during times of high fire danger, usually in late June.
Dogs must remain leashed at all times.
See Code of Federal Regulations – Title 36 Sec 261.8(D) and Sec.261.16(J)

Operational Hours: Season: All year, Summer 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Winter 9 a.m. to dusk. (Generally, the gate is open by 8 a.m. and if the host is not available, there is a self-pay system.)
Fees Day-use is $9 per vehicle (up to 5 people), walk-in, bicycle, bus: $2.00 per person. In lieu of this fee, the Big Three Pass is accepted here.
Open Season: Year ’round
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer

Operated By: Concessionaire – call Red Rock District – 928-203-2900
Information Center: The West Fork of Oak Creek Trailhead (Call of the Canyon Picnic Area) is operated by a concessionaire. The Red Rock Pass is NOT accepted here. You may purchase a “Big Three” annual pass for $40.00 or pay the daily rate at the gate.

Directions:
Location: 17.5 miles south of Flagstaff (9.5 miles north of Sedona) on paved roads in scenic Oak Creek Canyon.
GPS: N34° 59′ 25.3314″, W-111° 44′ 14.244″
Access: Drive 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.

General Notes:
The Call of the Canyon Day-Use Area is at the Trailhead of the West Fork Trail.
There are 6 picnic table sites; toilets; parking area for the West Fork Trail. Call of the Canyon is operated by Recreation Resource Management and is a fee area.