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Loy's Hidden Secrets, AZ
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Loy's Hidden Secrets, AZ 
Loy's Hidden Secrets, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.40 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking15.40 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.83 mph
2,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
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I went on another hike today that included one of my favorite trails, Loy Canyon Trail #5.

We started the hike at the Loy Canyon Trailhead, which is on FR525 just before the entrance to the Honanki Indian ruins. This trail runs about 5.5 miles up to Secret Mountain, where it ends at a junction with Secret Mountain Trail #109. At the Secret Mountain Trail, you can turn left and go north to Hidden Cabin, or turn right and head south to Secret Cabin. On this day we went to Secret Cabin but passed on Hidden Cabin.

The first 4 miles or so of the Loy Canyon Trail is nice to walk on, and there is quite a bit of shade cover on this stretch. Along the way, we went off trail to the east to check out some petroglyphs, and went off trail to the west to check out some neat Indian ruins. You'll get a good workout on the last mile of the Loy Canyon Trail -- there is a fairly steep and rocky climb up to Secret Mountain.

The section of the Secret Mountain Trail that we were on was impacted by the Platypus and Rhino fires last September and October. There are quite a few burned trees, and in places you could still smell soot and charred wood. Fortunately, Secret Cabin was spared by the fire.

This hike checks off a lot of boxes: petroglyhs, ruins, lots of trees, awesome scenery, a creek, and a cabin.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There were several wildflowers along the way, most notably western wallflower, goodings verbena, and Indian Paintbrush.

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