Secret Canyon Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Secret Canyon Trail is a 14.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Alpine, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from November until April. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
14.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,627 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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This hike requires an Adventure Pass which is $5/vehicle/day. No bikes. Water along this trail is limited and not potable so hikers need to pack in all of their water. This is not a good hike to do in the summer as it is too hot and there is no shade. There is no cell service on this trail, so please be prepared. The Secret Canyon trail makes for a great overnight backpacking trip. Starting from the Pine Creek trail head and descending to end at the Horsethief trail head makes for a moderate, but technical hike. Packing in water is a must. There are multiple creeks along the trail, some had water, but most don't. Also level camp sites are limited. Overall the trail is quite enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful, but long. especially on a hot day. I hiked it yesterday w a friend and it was in the high 80s which was foolish on our part. We each brought plenty of water, but still ran out and the watering hole at the end was dry as a bone which was so disappointing especially being out of water. I don't know if i need to do this again until spring at least. Early spring when it's in the 70s!!!! Beware.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail on a 90°+ day in late April. The scenery is beautiful. Even in a low rain year, there were a variety of flowers and flowering shrubs throughout the hike. The trail was overgrown in several places and poison oak as high as chest level was encountered along the way. If you hike it north to south, there is a rather steep incline on the last mile of the trail. Other than that, there's not major elevation gain/loss. Take plenty of water and electrolytes if you go on a hot day as much of the trail is exposed and there are no bailout points. Overall a beautiful hike best enjoyed on a cool day.

backpacking
5 months ago

Our first overnight backpacking trip and this was a fun one. Starting at the top made for an easier time since most of it was downhill into secret canyon. We camped at mile 6ish and it was not easy to find a spot. Honestly I would say there isn’t really anywhere to camp until about mile 10 or at mile 1.5. Start early day one and make it most of the way, it will make for a better camping location.

backpacking
6 months ago

The Secret Canyon trail makes for a great overnight backpacking trip. Starting from the Pine Creek trail head and descending to end at the Horsethief trail head makes for a moderate, but technical hike. Packing in water is a must. There are multiple creeks along the trail, some had water, but most don't. Also level camp sites are limited. Overall the trail is quite enjoyable and I would absolutely recommend it.

hiking
3 months ago

recorded 3-25-18 secret canyon 1-way

hiking
4 months ago