West Fork Trail, Sedona Arizona in the Winter

As a planner and goal oriented person I make lists. List after list of things I want to do, see and accomplish. It is probably no shock to you that I have a running list of hikes and places that I want to see. I recently was able to cross off another hike that has been on my list for a good 6-8 months.

West Fork Trail, Sedona, Arizona Hike

Any chance I can visit Sedona, Arizona; I do. Cooler climate, mountains and gorgeous trail are all over Sedona. Every time I visit I find myself adding more and more hikes and spots to my “Hiking List”. I went up there this past weekend to lead a hike with an adventure group where I am an ambassador to the Arizona chapter. This hike was planned a good month in advance and I had every intention of hiking this without the kids. Well, things changed and my husband had to work so, I took both kids with me instead of cancelling the hike all together. As a mom I felt stuck because I didn’t want to cancel my obligations all together but, I knew I was going to have limitations with the kids since they cant go as fast or far. I was upfront with everyone and told them about my situation change and was going to be bringing my kiddos.


The kids and I were looking forward to climbing mountains so I knew we would have fun regardless of the situation. We decided to take on the West Fork Trail in Sedona.


What to Expect at West Fork Trail in Sedona

A lot of people kept sharing that there are normally lines to get into this trail head and they have waited a good hour to get a parking spot. We didn’t face any of this when we arrived Saturday morning at 9AM. It could be due to the fact that it was pretty cold and previously was snowy up here so you can imagine that the snow has melted and turned to ice on some parts of the trail. I was surprised with how many water paths we had to cross.

In total someone shared that it was around 16 paths of water during the trail! We only made it across 4. But, hey.. that is okay. Try having a 29lb child in a pack on your back and holding a three-year old in your arms while trying to navigate icy and cold water without falling. I didn’t fall though! 


I thought the trail was gorgeous. I kept thinking how great this must be in the spring and summer. There is great shade coverage from the parts I was able to see and many spots to stop and hang out if you want to let the kids play in the creek.


Overall, the hike is can be doable with small toddlers. It was challenging without my husband cause I can’t carry both boys the entire time. I had a sweet friend with me that helped along the way and encouraged my three-year old. (Thank you again Lisa!) I think if you have older kids they would have a blast because there is something around every turn to get them excited and see. Whether it be a creek to cross, a rock formation to view every aspect of the hike has something to help move them forward which is ideal to keep young hikers motivated.

Happy Trails Friends!

I am always looking for more Sedona hikes and want your recommendations. What are your favorite hikes in Sedona, Arizona?

Published by Brittany Donnelly

I'm Brittany Donnelly; curator and author of brittanydonnelly.com. I am officially a stay-at-home now, formerly a technical project manager. I am a mom of 2 and a proud Army wife with a love for hiking and traveling. Our home base is now Virginia. I have a passion for travel and adventure and want to inspire all of you to get out and see the world with your families.

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