West Fork Trail is Sedona’s best easy hike. The hike is arguably the best relaxing and zen hike in all of Arizona. Truly a beautiful hike along the creek while you are surrounded by the canyon and red rocks throughout.
What also makes it great is that it is good for all ages and fitness levels. Whether you are with your children or on the older side it is probably the best hike for all skill levels as it is almost entirely flat.
It is heavily tracked but the small paid parking lot keeps a good handle of the amount on people who access it at once. If you love Sedona then see here For The Sedona Bucket List: 13 Things You Must Do.
The hike itself is beautifully set along the creek of which you cross multiple times while the gorgeous red rocks tower above you. There isn’t a major “payoff” at the end so feel free to turn around whenever you had your fill or are getting tired.
The best tip for hiking West Fork Trail is to walk up the creek where you can. This will get you away from the crowds and give you some incredible views and pictures that not everyone else sees. If it is warm out then just walk through the the water the entire way.
If you don’t want to get wet then 50% of the time you can stay dry and just cut in and out from the trail down to the creek and visa versa throughout the hike. For the other 5 best hikes in Sedona see this list here.
The landscape changes so much throughout the hike, especially if you go off the beaten bath and take a stroll up the creek. Whether you are looking up or down the entire hike is worth every step.
Be sure to watch for the weather before you start as I have gone 10x and 3-4x there has been pretty bad floods and it isn’t safe for inactive people or children… mostly bad luck on my end but just keep an eye out. There are no man-made creek crossings… you must do some rock hopping or trod through the water.