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Secret & HS Canyon Combo Loop, AZ
mini location map2013-04-27
10 by photographer avatarThe_Eagle
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Secret & HS Canyon Combo Loop, AZ 
Secret & HS Canyon Combo Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking11.04 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking11.04 Miles   7 Hrs   22 Mns   1.67 mph
2,300 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Warm in the Valley, Time to hit up Sedona before things get too warm there.

This sorta loop was our first of 3 treks on the day.

The old small parking area right after you turn off of the pavement with the Red Rock Machine, is no longer there. It has been replaced with a paved road leading a 1/2 mile or so to the new paved parking area complete with restrooms and NO Red Rock Pass machine. On 152 (Dry Creek Road), right after you turn into the new parking area, they have strategically placed Rocks at just the right height to keep out vehicles that should not be in there. If you can make it past this obstacle, you can make it the remaining distance on 152 in dry weather.

Most people probably don't even notice the HS Canyon 50 sign a little more than .6 of a mile from the start of Secret Canyon. Last time I passed by, I did a .. Hum... wonder where that goes. So when Joe suggested it as part of a loop, I was all in.

Make sure to go the 1.6 miles on this, not the 2.1 that we did. There is no obvious turn there, and the Cairns go straight on the nice trail up the canyon. Follow the GPS to a 90* turn Up and to the East. This is where the fun and scenery begins.

From here it's 3 miles until you meet up with the Secret Canyon Trail again. The majority of this portion was a blast. Some minor route finding issues here and there, but pretty country. The last 1/2 mile before hitting Secret Canyon was the portion I lost the most blood on. Timing was right though, as I was able to rinse off in a large pool in Secret Canyon once we made a steep decent from above.

Finally to the Secret Canyon Trail, we made our way to "The Narrows" had some lunch and debated which of our options to act on next.

Neither of us felt like boulder hopping to the end of Secret for what option 1 would have been, so we made a Beeline for the TH.

If you have time to waste, Here's a crappy video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z43WGwF ... YRrjYvcHUA
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Wildflowers Observation Light

dry H S Canyon Dry Dry
None observed

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Secret Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Some water close to the TH and then off and on to the Narrows.
Might not last long
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