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2020-04-04  
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Loys Secrets, AZ
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Loys Secrets, AZ 
Loys Secrets, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.20 Miles 2,890 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   2.60 mph
2,890 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
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I was looking for a hike to do that was compatible with social distancing, and I figured that Loy Canyon would fit the bill. Three of us met at the TH -- normally we would have carpooled, but since we weren't sheltering in place together, we figured that we should each drive....and since we all have gas guzzling 4WD trucks, we did our part to increase demand for gas!

FR 525 is in good shape, and most any vehicle could get to the TH...the last 1.5 miles is a tad rocky though

This was my 5th time to hike at this TH, so I guess that it is a good thing that I enjoy hiking there. We went up Loy Canyon Trail #5 all the way up to the Secret Mountain Trail @109. Along the way we took an off-trail detour and checked out some cool cliff dwellings. Once on The Secret Mountain Trail, we went over to the Secret Cabin and did the social distancing thing while we took a lunch break.

We the reversed course back to the TH. Along the way, we took another off-trail detour to see some pictoglyphs, which were interesting.

Weatherwise, it was a near perfect day for a hike. On the way to Secret Cabin, we encountered no other hikers. On the way back, we saw one person on the Secret Mountain Trail, but we probably met about 10 hikers on the Loy Canyon Trail, but they were pretty well spread out.

When we got back to the TH, there were about as many cars there as people we encountered. On the drive back to 89A, there were several jeeps driving in on 525. There were quite a few dispersed campers on FR 525; more than I have seen before.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There wasn't much in the way of wildflowers. I saw a few Western Wallflowers and Indian Paintbrush, along with some manzanita blooms; but that was about it.
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