Dry Creek Trail #52, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,800 feet
Elevation Gain 588 feet
Accumulated Gain 601 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.6
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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Author joebartels
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Sedona solitude!
by joebartels

Dry Creek takes the honor of naming a significant street in Sedona. Trail books usually mention this trail. Ironically the best-kept secret in Sedona for beautiful solitude is Dry Creek Trail #52. No real destination or well know landmarks may be the reason for the lack of crowds. Lucky you!

The trail cuts in and out of the creek. Just after a half-mile (0.7mi), the canyon forks. Bear Sign Creek/Trail is to the left, and Dry Creek is the right fork. Continue on the right. Beautiful sandstone ledges run along the sides and make the trail in sections. Terraced sandstone ledges fill the creek wall to wall in areas putting you in awe. Low canyon walls are steep and close to you. Cairns are everywhere, but who needs cairns in a narrow corridor. This canyon is too narrow to get lost. Just keep going until the going gets tough. Take lunch and enjoy a break on the beautiful red rock. Take a friend and enjoy a memorable conversation. No big perks. Only pure beauty and silence on this Arizona gem.

Page data is for the 2.6mi one-way segment by the forest service. If you are up for an extended 7mi/900AEG adventure try Peter's 227 Loop or something in between.

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Coconino FS Details
This trail is an infrequently used trail that has a true remote feel. It is shady and can be hiked in summer. Begin at the Dry Creek trailhead west of the parking area across a wash. The trail immediately enters Wilderness Area and turns right as it meets Dry Creek and follows along this usually dry streambed. At .75 miles, there is a junction with Bear Sign Trail. Dry Creek Trail continues ahead to the right. The trail climbs gradually parallel to the drainage with views of the red rock walls of this rugged canyon.

Later, the trail narrows and becomes less distinct, but is never far from the dry streambed. At 2.5 miles, the trail crosses a large wash and becomes much harder to follow. If you do not have good route finding skills, this junction is a good place to turn back. If you decide to continue, cross the wash, turn to the right, and follow the wash to the north for approximately one more mile, coming close up under the Mogollon Rim in a dense stand of ponderosa pine. The trail ends here. Return by the same route for a 6 mile hike.

One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To Vultee / Dry Creek / Bear Sign Trailhead
From the 'Y' in Sedona ( 179/89A ) follow 89A 3.1 miles Southwest to Dry Creek Road. Turn Right and go 1.9 miles to Forest Road #152. There is a fairly large sign with the multiple destinations of FS #152. Turn right on to FS #152 and follow it to the end which is about 4.5 miles. Several trails take off from the area so make sure you get the right trail.

Location: About 42 miles south of Flagstaff (12 miles west of Sedona) on paved and graveled roads.

Access: 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 4.3 miles up this road you will reach a turn-a-round.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 2 hr 36 min (131 miles)
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 4 hr 9 min (236 miles)
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 1 hr 26 min (37.8 miles)
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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