Jared loves fly fishing. He even makes all his own flies. I like being outdoors and hiking new spots so we often take little road trips together to do both at the same time. West Fork is a popular trail in Sedona and even has been said to be one of the top 10 trails in the United States. It is a 6 mile round trip trail that has 13 stream crossings. It’s easy in that you’re not climbing a ton of elevation, but may be difficult for younger legs to cross some parts of the stream especially if they’re not wanting to get wet. If you’re there to play in the water then you’re good to go! The end of the trail actually has a pool of water surrounded by cliffs. We didn’t go the entire way since Jared was fishing and it was starting to get crowded after a few hours.
We got to the trail when they opened because we knew it would get busy fast. There are only so many parking spots in the lot and once they’re full they’ll hold you at the gate until someone leaves.
It really is gorgeous! It has to be a very popular Fall spot since there are apple trees and berry bushes along the beginning of the trail before you cross the stream.
We loved exploring this area and the weather was awesome even for summer. I’d definitely recommend a visit but if you’re going during the summer or any weekend, definitely plan on getting there right when they open. There were some spots that were so crowded with families of kids playing in the water that it was hard to get across the stream on our way back (similar to Slide Rock).
Here’s a quick little video of our trip:
I’d love to go back again during the week to really enjoy the hike. When I do I’ll come update this post to let you know how it was!