Sunday, April 24, 2016

West Fork Trail, Sedona AZ - 23 April 2016

Trip: West Fork Trail, Sedona, AZ.
Distance Traveled: 9.5 miles per GPS, although, this conflicts with other reports of the trail being about 6 miles.

GPS (Map): 34°59'26.5"N 111°44'34.6"W

On Saturday 23 April 2016, I along with my wife and kid as well as some friends of ours and their kids decided to hike West Fork Trail near Sedona, AZ. Depending on where you look, I have seen this trail rated hard as well as moderate.

This trail is extremely popular, we arrived at the parking area at 10:45am and finally gained entrance at around noon. I would suggest getting there as early as possible, the parking area opens at 8:00am, if the attendant is not there, there is a self-pay option.

This was my first time hiking this trail and it was a blast, scenery was amazing and while the trails were busy, other hikers were friendly. I was disappointed, however, to see people have carved various garbage into some of the rocks and slot canyon walls.

(Click On Photos To Enlarge)

Lets Get Started!

Just prior to crossing the foot bridge you will come to Mayhew Lodge which has a pretty amazing history behind it. Carl Mahew who was a Flagstaff photographer purchased the cabin then added on to it. In 1926 he opened Mayhew Lodge to guests and the Mayhew family operated it until 1968. Some of the guests at the Mayhew Lodge included; President Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Stewart, Walt Disney, and Clark Gable. In 1968 the Forest Service acquired the property, however, without having the funds, closed it to the public. In 1980, the complex was destroyed by a fire.

Remains Of The Mayhew Lodge

Behind the remains of the Hayhew Lodge stands the remains of a cabin that was converted into a chicken coop as well as a nook in the cliff wall that was likely used for food storage.

Cabin (Chicken Coop)

Nook In Cliff Wall

Now For Pictures Of The Hike

The last picture is about 100 yards past the official end of the trail. You can continue a couple more miles, however, you are going to have to get wet.

Little Wind Along The Way

Overall, this is a great hike and I highly recommend that if you like the outdoors you give it a try!

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