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Secret Canyon Camp, AZ
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Secret Canyon Camp, AZ 
Secret Canyon Camp, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 19 2016
Backpack16.17 Miles 1,470 AEG
Backpack16.17 Miles1 Day      27 Mns   
1,470 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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Backpacking trip with the kids. Joel Hazelton & te-wa had suggested Secret Canyon Trail, so off we went :D

We first got to Sedona around 10 AM and the parking lot at the entrance to FR152 was packed and a lot of people were parked along Dry Creek Road. This had me concerned that there wouldn't be any camp sites available in the Canyon, but fortunately the majority of the people were visiting other sites. Surprisingly we only met 5-6 people in the Canyon itself.
Based on others recommendations we elected to park the car and walk the 3.5 miles to the Trailhead for Secret Canyon Trail. The problem with driving the last bit is that the road is in pretty poor condition and somewhat high clearance is needed. I have posted some pictures of some of the trouble spots. We saw mainly Jeeps, a few trucks and a single Sequoia driving past the first couple of obstacles.
The 3.5 miles on dirt road is rather painful because it is heavy trafficked by people, Jeeps & ATV tours. Kids were almost worn out by the time we arrived at the TH :) It is however still a fairly scenic trip.
Red Rock Permit is Not required for parking at the TH to Secret Canyon and Camping is allowed even though it says no camping at the TH. Look at the following map for guidance: ... .jpg

The Trail itself is absolutely beautiful and perfect for Camping. There are several excellent Camp spots along the trail as soon as you get to the canyon itself. There was water at various points along the trail, but mainly still water sitting in pools. We didn't filter as we had brought enough water for the trip.

The trip out along the dirt road was equally painful with a heavy pack, so next time I will see if I can borrow somebody's jeep/truck.
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