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Loy Canyon Trail #5Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2016
whycoyote
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,930 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles
1,930 ft AEG
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Our group of 5 from the Prescott Backpacking Meetup group got on the trail around 9:30 am on Saturday of this Labor Day weekend. Shortly into the hike we ran into one couple coming down and never saw another person on the trail until we were within a mile of the trail head the next day.

This was a tough hike for me. I'd been losing weight using a low carb diet for the past 3 weeks and foolishly did not carb up before leaving. Suffice it to say it was a tough 7.5 miles for me to the campsite up past Secret Cabin. The switchbacks were their own brand of hell, but with the encouragement of my group I made it.

The beginning of the trail through many wildflowers and zooming hummingbirds was delightful. As we began climbing into the trees we saw one rattlesnake who very courteously announced his presence with a loud rattle. The trail is smooth and clear up to this point with a few rocky wash crossing, but not much in the way of obstruction.

Starting up the switchbacks the rocks become more prevalent, and the grade increases. My distress was such, from the steep trail and direct sun, that I really don't remember much up to the first campsite on the side of the canyon. From there the going gets easier for a little bit until the last climb to the saddle. There are some rocks that require big steps, or hands and feet if you are as exhausted as I was. Fortunately, some carb loading via Gatorade, cookies made by Linda, and a Fruit and Grain bar from Jeff kept me on my feet.

The saddle was a wonderful site to see. Back in the shade and on my back with legs up a tree trunk for a short rest. Then, up again on the Secret Mountain trail until it levels off (1/4 mile?) and starts a meandering downhill towards Secret Cabin. All I could think of at this point was "I've got to go back up this tomorrow! :scared: After passing the cabin the trails climbs up a few hundred yards to a level area with a beautiful view of the Verde Valley. We set up camp here and spent a wonderful night beneath the stars.

Our final companion, Shep, joined us at around 11:30 pm after starting at the trail head at 6:30 pm. He did almost the entire hike in the dark and we were amazed to wake up in the morning to see his yellow tent pitched nearby! :o

The next day coming down was easier, but by no means easy. Climbing back down the switchbacks over the rocks, in the sun again, was a different challenge. At least this time my body wasn't screaming for fuel. More bars and half a bagel from Jeff made sure of that.

Coming down out of the switchbacks into the shade of the Ponderosa was wonderful and it was an easy downhill stroll from there. Nearing the end of the trail we ran into a couple of hikers, and could hear the quads and ATVs roaring up and down the dirt roads as we approached. Back to civilization, eh?
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Substantial wildflowers for the first 3 miles or so of the trail.
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