Loy Canyon/Secret Mountain dayhike - Sedona
For Hikers who are not current on their $15 annual membership, the hike is $5.00.
Also remember CA$H for carpool and after-hike replenishment.
Saturday, August 24th
Leader: Chris Horan ([masked]) Phone:[masked]
Length: 6 miles
MEET in Denny’s parking lot, SE corner of 1-17 & Bell, 7:00 AM
This is an easy trail leading up a desert wilderness canyon, offering excellent views not only at trail’s end, but all along the way. The wide, well constructed path was used by the Samuel Loy family in the 1880s to move their livestock to and from summer pastures on the rim. Natural rock sculptures carved by flash floods and spring runoff that seasonally course down this normally dry streambed provide scenic setting for lunch stops along the way. If there’s been a recent rain, the sculptures may include a picturesque reflecting pool or a natural bathtub for a cool dip on a hot day. Underground moisture is sufficient year-round to support a desert riparian area rich in bird and animal life. Near the end of the canyon, the trail completes the majority of the 1680 foot climb to a high saddle that leads
to the top of a mesa called Secret Mountain. Here, for those interested, continue along Secret Mountain trail for more spectacular overlooks or catch your breath for the return trip and a different perspective on all that you’ve passed through on the hike up.
*Rated moderate with steepness near the top