Arizona Hiking Gallery
West Fork Trail Hike
Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, Sedona, AZ
October 24, 2010
Gallery contains 64 photos
Gallery last updated: 11/19/2010

This is a fairly easy out-and-back hike along the West Fork Trail near Sedona, AZ. The trail starts at the The Call of the Canyon Day-Use Area and follows the West Fork of Oak Creek into the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon. This was a wonderful fall color hike with Bigtooth Maple, Gambel Oak, Boxelder supplying much of the color. The downside is that there were mobs of people along this trail, probably the busiest trail I've hiked on. If you want to park at Call of the Canyon get there early or plan to park along Hwy 89A a little ways north.

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Cliffs of red Coconino sandstone.

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The ruins of the historic Mayhew Lodge lay near the mouth of the West Fork of Oak Creek. The lodge, which was a destination for movie stars, politicians, and writers, burned to the ground in 1980.

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Ruins of the historic Mayhew Lodge.

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The West Fork Trail enters the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness.

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Along the West Fork Trail in the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon.

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Along the West Fork Trail in the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) leaves showing their fall colors.

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Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) leaves showing their fall colors.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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The West Fork Trail.

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Cliffs of the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon.

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The West Fork of Oak Creek flows over the red sandstone.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Boxelder (Acer negundo).

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View of cliffs through the canyon's foliage.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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An agave finds a sunny spot on the steep cliffs.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) leaf.

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The West Fork of Oak Creek flows below cliffs of red coconino sandstone.

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A shaft of sunlight highlights the texture of the cliffs.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Interesting rock formation.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail. (Composite of two images.)

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Bigtooth Maple leaves litter the West Fork Trail.

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Bigtooth Maple leaves cover the ground.

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Bigtooth Maple leaves.

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View of the canyon's cliffs.

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View of the canyon's cliffs.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Towering cliffs framed by the fall foliage.

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The bigtooth maples display a brilliant splash of red along the West Fork of Oak Creek.

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West Fork of Oak Creek.

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Common Cattail (Typha latifolia).

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The red Coconino sandstone gives way to the buff colored Kaibab sandstone.

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Sandstone cliffs rise above the creek bed.

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An arched alcove cut into the sandstone cliffs framed by wonderful fall color.

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Interesting pattern formed by sandstone and moss.

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A bright red-orange maple leaf floats in a calm pool.

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Common Raven (Corvus corax) in flight.

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Common Raven (Corvus corax) sits on a boulder surrounded by fall color.

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One of my favorite photos from this hike. I like how the dark trunks stand out from the wonderful pastel orange and red colors of the maple leaves.

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Fall color along the West Fork Trail.

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Interesting colors and patterns in a sandstone alcove surrounded by fall color.

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Back at the trailhead at The Call of the Canyon Day-Use Area.

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