Woods Canyon Hot

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Beach #2
Map: Woods Canyon trail
Views of Woods Canyon from the trail
Elevation plot: Woods Canyon
Along the Woods Canyon trail
Woods Canyon
Beach #2
Beach #1
Woods canyon
Woods canyon


How to Get There
This hike is located near Sedona, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to exit 298 to HWY 179 West towards the Village of Oak Creek. About 5.5 miles on HWY 179 gets you to mile marker 304. At about mile 304.7, turn into the signed Red Rocks ranger station and visitor center. There are three parking lots here. Park on the second parking area on your right (not the parking area for the visitor center at the end... that's too far). The signed trailhead for Woods Canyon is on the far right side of this middle parking area (it's kind of a small trailhead sign, so it may be a bit tricky to find).
oak creek

Hike details

6.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
10.0 miles round trip, or wherever you want to turn around
3.50 [Hours]
It took us three and a half hours with a 20 minute stop for lunch.
Elevation Change
400 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 400 ft gradual climb
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features


Best Season
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • October
  • November
Season Details
Best hiked in Spring when the seasonal creek is flowing.
Date Hike completed
January 05, 2004


Solitude Details
Great solitude here. We only saw four other people on this hike during a busy Saturday.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
The solitude is great on this hike. A good hike to pick when Sedona is overflowing with tourists. This is an Easy hike.


Be Aware of
Hot in summer.

Hike up Woods Canyon near Sedona, Arizona

While many hiking trails in Sedona require a "Red Rock Pass", as of April 2016, this trailhead is not one of them.

The trail is well marked throughout this hike. After walking briefly through a pretty riparian area, the first 1.25 miles of this hike travels through a flat and open area until you reach the wilderness boundary. After passing into the wilderness, the trail quickly assumes a different personality, as many water loving shade trees (oak, sycamore) show up. There were many Javelina tracks, although we didn't see any. After another mile of hiking, the hot loop trail takes off to the left (ending up on top of Horse Mesa, JCT_1R on the map). Stay right to stay on the Woods Canyon trail. The trail stays on the left side and just above the creek. After about 3.5 miles of total hiking, you'll reach a very scenic red rock beach (Beach #1 on the map). For a short day hike, this would be a nice spot to turn around. We continued hiking to five miles in where we found an even more impressive red rock beach (Beach #2 on the map). This beach reminded us a great deal of Slide Rock, but without the crowds of people! We found a nice place on the red rock beach next to the water for lunch.

Water is seasonal in Dry Beaver Creek. In the spring, the snowmelt provides the highest water levels and in the summer, it reverts to a mostly dry wash. So the best time to do this hike is in the Spring.

After lunch and a break, return the way you came. Enjoy!


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