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Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 17 2018
chumley
Backpack18.37 Miles 2,902 AEG
Backpack18.37 Miles2 Days         
2,902 ft AEG
 
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We played pedestrian pinball on the way to the trailhead. If it was up to me, the FS should dynamite the bridge and return this place to some level of normalcy. The road condition has deteriorated significantly since last I drove it, and I'm guessing it is probably very much on purpose. It was nice to crawl it in 4-low, and we stopped to help a kid get his jeep back on the road after leaving it dangling off the side of a steep ravine overnight.

Dry Creek :next: Bear Sign :next: David Miller :next: Secret Canyon made a nice alternate on the way up, but we returned on the direct path on Secret Canyon only.

Plenty of water in all the canyons and side drainages, but little to no flow anywhere. It was a little chilly with all the wet ground, but despite ice on some of the pools, it did not drop below freezing overnight.

We went upstream about a mile and a half beyond the end of the trail, and there are a few really picturesque spots. Sometime I'd like to try the entire length of this canyon from up near Hidden Cabin. Who wants to shuttle!? :lol:

The poison ivy hadn't leafed out yet, so we pretended it wasn't there. :pray: :oops:

If you're looking to hook up with an instagram model, I recommend hiking Dry Creek Road on a weekend.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bear Sign Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No flow but plenty of clear pools in bedrock

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Secret Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Plenty of pools the entire length of canyon, probably from recent rains. Trickles in most side canyons
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