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Loy Canyon - Secret Mountain - 6607, AZ
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Loy Canyon - Secret Mountain - 6607, AZ 
Loy Canyon - Secret Mountain - 6607, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking21.70 Miles 4,105 AEG
Hiking21.70 Miles   10 Hrs   37 Mns   2.26 mph
4,105 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I've always liked the Loy Canyon trail and the top of Secret Mountain contains some beautiful stands of pines. I'd only been on the Secret Mountain Trail #109 as far as the not so secret, "Secret Cabin". When Joe suggested hitting the trail to the end and beyond to 6607, I was in.

After a few problems with my intrepid Navigator, we finally reached the TH for a later that expected 8am start.

Loy Canyon Trail #5 climbs relatively gently for the first 4 miles, gaining about 1000'. The final mile to the saddle gains an additional 750', most of it in one steep section. The first 4 miles is pretty, shaded with pines and mixed deciduous trees and spotty canyon views. The first two miles has a few pesky areas of sand.

When you get to the Saddle where you intersect Secret Mountain Trail #109, you still have another 200' of climbing to do before dropping into the cabin area, 1.2 miles from the saddle.

From the cabin it's about 5.5 miles, rollercoastering 5 climbs of 75' to 200' to get to the end. At the top of the climb out of the cabin, where the trail takes a hard left, take a few minutes to go straight and check out the first of many great views for the day. We had some pretty strong winds on the day, gusting to more than 40mph, that forced you to not get to close to the edge.

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You go through areas of nice established pine forest, thick new growth pine, mixed hardwoods and some areas of manzanita. There are quite a few areas that you can walk slightly off the trail to get some good views. This trail is in much better than expected shape, until it abruptly ends prior to reaching peak 6607'.

We busted through the Manzanita to reach the non climactic peak 6607', before retreating to some rim views of the east fork of Long Canyon for lunch.

Temps were perfect with the high winds all day and almost cold a few times. I found myself saying "I need to get out of the shade and into the sun".

Won't be saying that much longer.

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