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Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2011
The_Eagle
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   3.32 mph
1,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Scrapped one hike with forecast highs of 32 and snow, for another with 47 for a high and snow.

The hardest part of this hike was the road in. On normal days, High clearance is all that's needed. The snow had stopped well before the hike started, but the wet slick mud meant I'd have to change things up a bit. I decided not to chance it anymore, and parked on 152, about 2/3's of a mile from the Secret Canyon TH, 3 miles from the pavement.

I Started at the Wet Creek Trail and did a Counter clockwise loop on:
Dry Creek Trail > Bear Sign Canyon Trail > David Miller Trail > Secret Canyon Trail.

This entire trek was gorgeous, with the smattering of snow on the red peaks. The hike down Bear Sign Canyon proved to be a bit interesting, with melting snow bombarding you as you walked under the over taxed limbs.

This is a relatively easy hike, with the only real elevation gain on the David Miller Trail. The views from the saddle at the apex of this trail are breathtaking. I ate some lunch close to the top here, on a dry spot in the sun, and soaked in the views.

If you can make the trip on FR152, I recommend this loop!
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