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Loy Canyon Trail #5Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2009
azdesertfather
Hiking18.33 Miles 4,126 AEG
Hiking18.33 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   2.09 mph
4,126 ft AEG
 
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Headed up Loy Canyon from the TH at the south end. Along the way we saw several large black bear prints in the silty dirt trail, along with a rather LARGE bear scat pile that was very fresh when we came up on it, around 7am. We looked everywhere for the bear, as the tracks went along the trail for a mile or so, but never saw one.

After getting to the junction with Secret Mountain Trail we headed west to the Secret Mountain TH, then followed the Secret Mountain Trail beyond Loy Cabin & Corral until we couldn't make out a trail anymore, in a very thick area of small pines and manzanita. GPS route posted.

On the way back we looked for the N2700Q crash site. We were able to get as close as 34 feet from the coordinates I had of the site, but could not find it. The logbook at the Secret Mountain TH said that someone last week had been hauling out wreckage. However, we just weren't seeing the rest of it that hasn't been hauled out. The crash was on a steep area of the canyon, and when we got within 34 feet we saw pretty high walls on both sides of the ravine. We went down the ravine, and found small pieces of the plane there (see pictures), which were no doubt washed down from the crash site above us by rains into the ravine. We followed the ravine out to where it met up with the Loy Canyon Trail and followed it back out. Official Loy GPS route posted, without the crash site route.

Of course, this trip wouldn't have been nearly as fun without Wally & Denny. Cheers!
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