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Lost Canyon, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,600 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.7
Interest Ruins
Backpack No
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
20  2019-06-08 Nightstalker
29  2019-06-01
Lost Canyon Loop
19  2018-12-27
Brins Mesa Trail #119
20  2017-05-13
Soldier Pass Trail #66 - Sedona
10  2016-03-26 Nightstalker
9  2010-12-27 fotogirl53
5  2009-01-11 fotogirl53
15  2007-09-27 cabel
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Author fprose
author avatar Guides 3
Routes 0
Photos 46
Trips 1 map ( 2 miles )
Age Male Gender
Location Glendale, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:43am - 7:22pm
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Short and Sweet
by fprose

The trail starts from the Brins Mesa West Trailhead. The trail is unofficial and doesn't show up on many of the local Sedona hiking maps or the Forest Service sign post.

The rewards of this trail are spectacular views and two ruins sites; one in the best condition I've seen in the Sedona area.

From the iron sign that marks the Brins Mesa Trailhead walk up the trail 200 feet. There is (or was) no cairn but it's easy to spot a side trail. However, that day a log was placed across the trail entrance.

The path itself is quite easy to follow and it's marked with hiker cairns along the way. After crossing a wash (with grey boulders) and a red rock arroyo you will begin a climb of 450 feet. Use caution, the sand and rocks are loose. At the top you will follow the trail as it proceeds south towards a prominent red rounded rock that marks the Northern beginning of the canyon. The trail goes around the rock and into the canyon.

From here you are walking on a 15 foot wide ledge with shear walls to the east and a shear drop to the west... not a place for kids or those who fear heights.

About half-way into the canyon you will see a long shallow cave with ruins. It's possible to climb up to the ruins. As you approach the end of the canyon look down in to the north and you will see the second ruins sight - very well preserved.

At this point you have gone about 1.5 miles. But you may continue to follow the canyon ledge around the northwestern mouth. It curves around another large toe rock and goes into the canyon that contains Devils Bridge... viewable from the trail.

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2006-06-16 fprose
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  • Sedona Trails 2018
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    Sedona Trails 2018
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.

Permit $$

Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
see map for camping restrictions

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
From Sedona "Y": Southwest on 89A to Dry Creek Road. Turn right on Dry Creek Road and proceed to FR152 (Vultee Arch Road). The trailhead is 2.5 miles from the beginning of FR152.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool
11.5 inch Teflon Coated Umbrella
Super Wide Brim Sun Hat for Men or Women
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