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Loy Canyon to Secret Cabin, AZ
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Loy Canyon to Secret Cabin, AZ 
Loy Canyon to Secret Cabin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.20 Miles 2,775 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.29 mph
2,775 ft AEG   1 Hour   44 Mns Break
 
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I had never been to Secret Cabin, so today sounded like a good day to go.

I began the hike at the Loy Canyon TH, on FR 525, just before the Honanki Ruins.

FR 525 has really deteriorated over the last month. I went out there 5-6 weeks ago, and while the road was a bit rough and rocky in some places, a passenger car could have driven it. However, a high clearance vehicle is now needed in one washed out spot, about 1.5 miles from the TH. FR525 is about one gullywasher away from becoming a jeep road to the TH.

The first 4 miles or so of the Loy Canyon Trail are really nice -- lots of sun protection, and you can catch some nice views occastionally of the red rock country. The trail does get a bit steep and rocky for the last mile or so as you continue on to the Secret Mountain Trail.

The secret mountain trail has recently been burned, I would assume from the Rhino and/or Platypus fire back in August and September. You could still smell it. I hiked on the Secret Mountain Trail as far as Secret Cabin, and there was burn evidence the whole way. In spite of that, I still enjoyed hiking this trail. After 1/2 mile or so, I hiked alongside a creek, and passed a couple dams along the way (Masonry Tank and Concrete Tank). Secret Cabin was not affected by the fire.

On the way back I stopped off at some cliff ruins which were off of the west side of the trail. The ruins were pretty neat. On my way there I saw 3 other people who were trying to find the ruins. I pointed out where the ruins were, and told them they could follow me. I started walking up the side of a big slick rock and they wanted no part of that so they did not follow me -- something tells me that they weren't HAZers!

After viewing the cliff ruins, I headed back toward the trailhead and went east off the trail to some petroglyphs and rock art. This rock art wasn't all that great: some had likely been made by primitive man, but some was obviously white man graffiti.

I think that there are some more cliff ruins to the SW of the cliff ruins that I visited. One of these days I'll get out there and try to find them.

I did not see much in the way of wildlife: on the way to the TH, I saw 4-5 beside FR525; and I saw a rabbit on the Loy Canyon Trail

I imagine that there was plenty of filterable water in the creek that was alongside the trail going to Secret Cabin, although some of water looked pretty stagnant, and there was soot and charcoal from the fire in some of the water.
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There are a few oak trees with yellow leaves, but nothing very spectacular.
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