Secret Canyon Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Secret Canyon Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
777 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 27 miles south from Flagstaff to Sedona on US 89A. Continue through Sedona to Dry Creek Road (152C) at the west end of town. Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to Forest Road 152. This road is rough, but can be traveled by passenger vehicles. It is not recommended during wet weather. About 3 miles up this road on the left (west) side of the road is a two-track road. Turn onto this road. There is a trailhead sign at the junction of these two roads. The parking area is approximately 200 feet behind the sign.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

backpacking
16 days ago

This was definitely a gem of a spot. Hope it stays a secret,but some gems are worth sharing. It was an easy backpacking hike from long canyon, to chuck wagon trail and down a 4x4 road (only made for true 4x4 vehicles), then rambled our way into secret canyon. It was around 5 miles. (Get a good map of the area and the trail linking was quite simple). We spent two nights there as it was the perfect getaway with our kids age 6 and 11. We loved day hiking to the end of the canyon where the trail faded away through old growth ponderosa pines. We packed in all our water, though we found some stagnant pools in a few places that could have been filtered for a last resort need, as it hadn't rained in 3 months. Hauling 6 gallons of water was a little crazy but the rewards of this remote canyon made it worth it. Beautiful views, great areas to explore and it felt like we were a world away. We saw a dozen shooting stars in the middle of the night. Truly a secret gem of a place.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is very poorly maintained. The overgrowth is 3 to 5 feet in many places. Views are limited. Not highly recommended as there are many other more scenic trails in Sedona. Do not attempt the 3 mile drive to the traill head unless you have an excellent all road vehicle.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

We weren't able to finish the trail due to time - started too late and it took SOOO long to drive in to the trailhead. And we did not make it to the trail head with a 4 wheel pickup. Parked probably a mile away. Probably could have made it but the road is extremely rocky and rough with steep drops. Definitely do not advise taking a passenger vehicle on this road. The distance we took the trail however was awesome. We will be going back sometime but leaving early and hiking the extra miles from Devils Bridge parking area.

backpacking
9 months ago

Awesome trail, beautiful views. 4x4 is highly recommended to get to the TH

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Another awesome hike. You can't really go wrong when you are in Sedona

Sunday, October 23, 2016

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Need a high clearance car to get there, if not then you can just hike a few more miles to get to the beginning of the trail.

backpacking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lovely views, very few people on trail.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great hike! We have a 4x4 and drove in 2 miles to cut down on the distance there. Lots of people and Jeeps those first 2 miles, but by the time we got to this trail, we were the only ones on it. Very peaceful and quiet.

hiking
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What a beautiful canyon! We went on this hike on April 16 and there was no moving water - only pools, but the canyon was incredible when contrasting the green forest to the towering red cliffs. Since the 3.5 mile road to this trailhead is pretty difficult to drive, few people seem to make it, since that turns the hike into 6 miles one way. Ultimately, we found ourselves almost entirely alone for 2 nights in some incredibly beautiful back country! Downside was that we had to pack in 6 miles to get to the canyon.

Hiking from the devils bridge parking lot to the mouth of secret canyon is roughly 6 miles. We hiked 3.5 mile up secret canyon itself before turning around. This was where we also found moving water that we could filter. Trail is very easy to follow. There are also signs at all major trail junctions.

hiking
Friday, April 15, 2016

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

This is an amazing hike. Best when there is water flowing as mentioned in some of the other comments. YOU DO NEED 4x4 TO REACH TRAILHEAD. I drive a Jeep Wrangler and was able to make it fine, but it was a stressful ride racing all of the other Jeep Tour vehicles and all of the people walking the road out to Devil's Bridge. If you do not have a good 4 wheel drive vehicle with good tires, park at the parking lot and hike in the extra 3 miles to avoid ripping up your ride.

The hike is gorgeous. Someone mentioned "West Fork" without all the people, and I would agree. Great cliffs and views in the slot canyon. Not a difficult hike, but it does take time, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to explore the canyon once you get there.

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

hiking
Sunday, October 18, 2015