I started my Memorial Day weekend a little early and headed up to Sedona for a night. My plan was to do a short backpack and then hike a variety of trails. I picked this loop because I wanted to camp at the Secret-David Miller trail junction. I remember there being a campsite there from a Secret trip last year. It is a short and easy two mile hike that I knew I could do in the dark.
After hiking Devil's Bridge, I arrived at the Secret trailhead around 7:30pm. I spent the next few minutes packing up all my gear and then headed in. There was still light in the sky as I made the hike in. It quickly got darker as I progressed. After a mile or so I turned on my headlamp and continued. It was a lot different hiking in the dark. Especially from being solo.
Before long I arrived at the David Miller junction and started making my camp. There was a fire ring at the site but unfortunately the entire state is under fire restrictions. Luckily I brought two sets of LED lights. I set them up and started setting up my tent. The lights made a big difference! After everything was setup, I sat down and enjoyed a couple of millers I brought along.
I woke the next morning and noticed all the red rock around me. This is a beautiful spot! I spent a few minutes relaxing and then packed up my gear. I was ready to start my day.
The David Miller trail heads up hill to a saddle. I made steady progress and had to remind myself to stop so I could enjoy the views. They only got better as I made my way uphill. I arrived at the pass and then the trail immediately heads down hill. In a few minutes you arrive at the Bear Sign trail. I headed right.
The Bear Sign is a nice trail. You follow along side of a wash and cross it a few times. It was easy going heading through a forested area. I noticed numerous patches of poison ivy along the hike. I went to great lengths to avoid it. After an hour or so I was back on Dry Creek Rd which I followed back to my jeep at the Secret Trailhead.
This was a nice backpack. Once back at my jeep, I got loaded up and then headed back the way I came to the Vultee Arch trail. That was next on the list.