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Dry Creek Trail #52, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Sedona > Sedona NW
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,800 feet
Elevation Gain 588 feet
Accumulated Gain 601 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 4.6
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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8  2018-04-30
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
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15  2018-02-17
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
chumley
11  2017-11-25
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
Nightstalker
13  2014-05-02
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
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22  2011-11-05
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
The_Eagle
7  2009-05-16 Michael Smith
5  2008-12-13
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
toddak
10  2006-10-22 hikemonk
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → 11 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:02am - 5:21pm
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Vultee Arch Trail #22
Vultee Arch Trail #22
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4.3 mi
1,160 ft
Bear Sign #59
0.6 mi away
3.0 mi
600 ft
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
0.8 mi away
6.7 mi
1,045 ft
Secret Canyon Trail #121
Secret Canyon Trail #121
0.8 mi away
10.0 mi
1,161 ft
H.S. Canyon Trail #50
H.S. Canyon Trail #50
0.9 mi away
2.5 mi
500 ft
Lost Canyon
Lost Canyon
1.6 mi away
2.2 mi
500 ft
David Miller
David Miller
1.7 mi away
1.0 mi
571 ft
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
2.4 mi away
0.6 mi
-24 ft
Devil
Devil's Bridge Trail #120
2.6 mi away
1.8 mi
500 ft
Mescal Mountain
Mescal Mountain
2.7 mi away
3.0 mi
524 ft
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Sedona solitude!
by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
Dry Creek takes the honor of naming a major 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 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 a lunch and enjoy a break on the beautiful red rock. Take a friend and enjoy a memorable conversation. No big perks here. 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.

joebartels
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    Dry Creek Trail #52 Area Map
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Coconino FS Reports 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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To hike
From the 'Y' in Sedona ( 179/89A ) head west on 89A 3.1 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn right onto Dry Creek Road and follow 1.9 miles to FS #152 which takes off to the right. Follow this roughish dirt road to the end. This is the same parking for Vultee Arch. Dry Creek Trail takes off from the northwest side of the parking lot. There is a thick steel rusted plate identifying the trail.
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