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Loy Canyon Trail #5Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking18.20 Miles 3,082 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   9 Hrs   23 Mns   2.01 mph
3,082 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Wally and I got started at the Loy Canyon TH just after 7am. One other hiker got there just as we did and was on the trail before we were. The weather was pretty chilly at the start and as we ascended the canyon, several snow squalls rolled through. the snow was like mini hail, in little snowballs almost. It accumulated on the ground, but fortunately didn't soak into clothing very well. As we got higher in Loy Canyon, the views back down the canyon were very nice, especially with the sun peeking through the clouds at times as the weather was rolling by. The last mile and a half up Loy Canyon was pretty steep and rocky in spots. It seems as I get older, the elevation at which it gets harder for me to hike at gets lower and lower. Loy didn't seem that bad compared to the recent hikes I did at South Mountain, but up north it always seems harder.

I was hoping things would level out once we got on Secret Mountain, but there was yet another climb. There were level spots here and there, but still a lot of descents and climbs through shallow canyons. There are a few really nice views down into Sedona and the surrounding area.

We were planning to hike all of the Secret Mountain Trail, but by 11:30am, we had hiked 9 miles in and it looked like we had nearly another 3 until the end of the trail. After looking closer once I got back home, it was maybe more like 1.5 miles. Still, we had a long hike back to the car already, and I forgot my headlamp. We decided to have lunch and head back. We finished hiking by 4:30pm and got home by 7:45pm. Long enough of a day for me. I'll have to plan the marathon drive to the Secret Mountain TH one day to finish that trail.

Just as I got to the TH, the hiker we saw in the morning was also just getting back. He hiked the entire trail, and went even further, he said. He said he also saw a herd of elk up there.
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