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Secret & HS Canyon Combo, AZ
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Secret & HS Canyon Combo, AZ 
Secret & HS Canyon Combo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
joebartels
Hiking10.25 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   7 Hrs   23 Mns   1.55 mph
1,800 ft AEG      45 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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HS has been on my wishlist since Jim posted it a couple years ago. It seemed like a good alternative to bypass the boring miles of #121.

HS Canyon exceeded my expectations. It offered a lot of shade and some nice views. I don't think anyone really knows where this trail officially ends. My buddy Hikebot suggested a thru route hooking back up with #121.

Heading up was so easy we overshot a turn by 0.45mi after realizing it wasn't quite so easy anymore. Continuing on was mighty tempting and looked very doable. Yet Bruce had his heart set on hanging out with tourist and playing Yahtzee with the locals.

We headed back and found the missed turn. I'm doubting anyone would figure it out without knowing about it as it's a straight up mild bushwhack off the bat. It weaves in and out of deep ravines heading northward to #121. Cairns are seen on occasion. It looks well traveled in short sections and nowhere to be found at times. We noted a couple clippings to suggest it was cleared long ago. Aside from the killer views the most astonishing thing was the ease of travel through manzanita...

Paths through huge gnarly manzanita doesn't happen by chance. At one point passing through a ravine it was a virtual tunnel. Either a "secret" group has maintained this long ago or this is a long lost trail?

We passed one area with a ruins feel but likely just modern era windbreaks under an overhang.

The blazing midday sun with repetitive killer views wore us down a tad. We just wanted to get back on a trail... The closer we got to #121 the dicer it appeared. Low and behold it worked out though with a nice refreshing hat dip in the creek.

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I have great fond memories of Secret Canyon. It's okay, guess there are just other things I enjoy more now or perhaps it's better in October.

After a late lunch and just past the narrows we opted to cut this one short and move on to other spur-of-the-moment game plans. The hike out went by quicker than anticipated. HS Canyon was cool, might check it out more someday. The HS :next: Secret follow thru was very cool to do once.

Saw an Arizona Mountain Kingsnake in the narrows.
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