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Sep 15 2018
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
MountainMatt
Hiking4.37 Miles 1,142 AEG
Hiking4.37 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   1.53 mph
1,142 ft AEG   1 Hour   57 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
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I’ve always wanted to check this place out after reading @ssk44 write up long ago and wanted to see if I could get as lucky as @fotogirl53 with her epic wildflower trip there.

The platypus and rhino fire put off some serious smoke as I never even saw the peaks or the rest of the area until the smoke cleared later in the day.
Sunny and warm but luckily high winds acted as a natural air conditioner for the short but steep climb.

Awesome views from up top and like Eric said the “secret meadow” is something that needs to be experienced in person for best effect.
Photos don’t look like much but once you’re inside you realize how pristine and untouched it feels.

Buford joined me later on in the day who I met on the rim of the crater and then we drove to a nearby field of wildflowers for sunset photos afterwards.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Pretty substantial fall colors going on the slopes of the nearby Kendrick Peak.
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Sep 18 2016
whycoyote
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 Routes 1
 Photos 72
 Triplogs 11

58 female
 Joined Jul 02 2002
 Prescott VAlley,
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2016
whycoyote
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour      2.40 mph
980 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break5 LBS Pack
 
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This is a sweet little hike that is completely off trail up the steep side of a cinder cone. Other routes showed hikers going straight up, then straight down. I tried to put a little switchback in our hike.

This was the first time I was using Route Scout to track a hike, so after messing around with it a little we set off around 9am. The cinders were an interesting challenge, as was the elevation. I was hiking at 3,000 ft. above where I live, and my hiking partner was at double that. We both got winded and had to rest periodically, using that time to admire the sweeping views from Red Butte to the northwest and the San Francisco Peaks to the southeast.

Coming up the last steep section onto the rim of the cinder cone was exhilarating. At the rim the abundant wildflowers were beautiful. Strolling along the edge and looking into the meadow was thoroughly enjoyable. We decided not to go down into the meadow at this point as time was limited. As we traversed the rim we decided to make our way down where there were trees, to see how that slope was. It was just as steep!

This area is pristine and hopefully it will remain that way. Be respectful and leave no trace if you decide to do this hike.
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This hike yielded no autumn colors. The rest of the area had very isolated change on aspens.
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Sep 11 2016
fotogirl53
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 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Flagstaff, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2016
fotogirl53
Hiking1.50 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
750 ft AEG
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I've known about this hike since ssk44 posted it in 2010, and I finally did it today. There is no formal trail, so I started up the draw then to the slope, then to traversing the slope as it got steeper. The wind was howling at the top. I tried to take photos for a photo stack, but with the wind and the clouds, it just didn't work out. I saw lots of mule deer on my drive out on 549. It's archery elk season, so wear bright clothing when you are out in the woods.

Directions: FR 523 to FR 416 to FR 549 to junction with 9221H.
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Jul 30 2016
Woodsnative
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50 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Pocatello, ID
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Woodsnative
Backpack3.00 Miles 1,157 AEG
Backpack3.00 Miles
1,157 ft AEG
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Jul 29 2016
Woodsnative
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50 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Pocatello, ID
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Woodsnative
Backpack1.25 Miles 657 AEG
Backpack1.25 Miles
657 ft AEG
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Aug 30 2014
paulawolf
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50 female
 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2014
paulawolf
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles
980 ft AEG
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Not sure that we were ready for the very steep climb in and out but everyone agreed this hidden gem was worth every slip, bump, and scratch we may have acquired. I recommend checking out SSK's topo map to find the most gradual route. We did take FR9007 up to the base but I think there is less brush on the north/western side where we came out.
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Jun 17 2014
Stoic
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43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2014
Stoic
Hiking1.60 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.48 mph
800 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Final Hike of the day. The pups and I hiked in to the meadow. The wind is still blowing hard (50 mph) We hiked around the meadow, and took a 15 minute break to enjoy the scenery. Very nice area.
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Jun 07 2014
hikeaz
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63 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2014
hikeaz
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   0.99 mph
980 ft AEG
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As a precursor to 'hiking' the "Ale Trail' we thought we'd knock out this nice little hike. Very nice jaunt - we even found, and signed the summit log on 8282. One entry each year since it was placed in 2011.
Ale Trail was a hoot.
Camped in CNF Saturday evening and then down to do some more work @ THAT Brewery's new 15 barrel production facility in Cottonwood, before cooling off afterwards at R.I.O.T.- also in Cottonwood.
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Nov 09 2013
sarah1221
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41 female
 Joined Aug 04 2012
 Flagstaff, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2013
sarah1221
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles
980 ft AEG
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I regret venturing out to Secret Meadow for the first time during elk-hunting season. I didn't find the solitude I was hoping for, at all. There weren't any other people at the meadow itself, but I must have encountered at least two dozen vehicles on the roads out to it. Secret Meadow does not seem to be a secret to elk hunters. The only wildlife I saw was strapped to the back of a quad. I would strongly discourage anyone from hanging out in this area at dusk or dawn, during season, and I would think twice about bringing a dog. I'd like to try this spot again in the spring, I think.
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Oct 11 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2013
burntlizard
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   3 Hrs      0.80 mph
980 ft AEG
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This hike was on my wish list and now it's not! My son and I headed up Friday morning, so we could get acclimated to the elevation :stretch: , before attempting Humphrey's on Saturday.

This area did not disappoint, in fact, except for a few Elk hunters, we were virtually the only humans around for miles :D Hence the name Secret Meadow! Of course the initial hike is difficult, but we chose the S curve method, as opposed to straight up. Once on top the views are incredible....oh and did I mention, there are no other human around for miles? :y:

Also, this was the first hike, for which, I did not have to lug that heavy camera around. My new I-Phone worked great. Especially the panoramic shots!

Conversely, I took FR 9007 off of FR 549 and it took us almost up to the base.
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Aug 10 2013
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2013
chumley
Hiking1.60 Miles 716 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.34 mph
716 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Ever since SSK44 posted this a couple of years ago, I'd wanted to check it out. We were caught off guard a bit with the climb. It's pretty steep and climbs over 600 feet in just 0.4 miles. (HAZfest breakfast beers may have played a factor in the breath-robbing climb?)

There were a bunch of flowers on the outside of the crater, but fewer in the crater and none in the "meadow". I hiked down to the bottom and did a loop. It's definitely a neat area. We didn't see any wildlife, but found evidence that some big elk had met their demise here. Presumably by way of mountain lion.

We were running a little late and needed to get back to camp, so I skipped the circumnavigation around the top, having seen enough from the meadow itself. But I think there would have been some nice views if we had more time to spend and explore.
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Aug 10 2013
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2013
John9L
Hiking1.20 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   1.76 mph
550 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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Normally this hike would have been a breeze. Well normally I'm not recovering from an ankle strain. It has been feeling better so I decided to give this one a go. I went nice and slow on the hike up. I felt some discomfort a few times. I had to switchback on my way up. This minimized the bending of my foot. All of us topped out on the rim. Vicky and I watched the others hike down into the meadow. After a few minutes I started the very slow hike back to the truck. I took my time and had no issues. I'll be back on the trails in another week, two at most.
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Aug 10 2013
Hippy
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33 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2013
Hippy
Hiking1.60 Miles 716 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.34 mph
716 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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Definitely a neat little hidden/secret meadow. That whole area is fascinating with its multitude of craters and the lush green meadows specked with beautiful wild flowers.

Found a dead thing or two...named 'em Fred.

Thanks azpride for the walking stick on the way down!! :sweat:
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Jul 03 2011
OZZZ
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41 male
 Joined Jun 11 2011
 Flagstaff, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2011
OZZZ
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles
980 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Secret meadow ........ We couldnt find the trailhead, or any trail for that matter but its pretty obvious once you arrive where you are heading. The climb is steep and steady. It was rainy weather at the time we went. It isnt the most scenic of views but we did run into some deer and a young buck (elk) while we were leaving. Its really not all that scenic in my opinion, but the chances of running into wildlife make it worthwhile. An additional unfortunate consisted of people shooting semi automatic weapons in the vacinity, killing any sense of serenity.

I give it a 2.5.
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May 21 2011
airic
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40 male
 Joined Feb 04 2004
 Cochise, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2011
airic
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles
980 ft AEG
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Been some time since I made it to the site...plenty of backlog. Since I logged on no brainer to hit an SSK hike. Secret Meadow is a winner, and hopefully remains secret. Went with the girls to this little gem and shot myself in the foot for not bringing a little gear to spend the night in the meadow. The elk love this place; current sign and dead ones abound. Saw 3 grazing. Grabbed Dara on the way home.
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Nov 27 2010
paladin
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66 male
 Joined Sep 26 2003
 Mesa, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2010
paladin
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   3 Hrs      0.80 mph
980 ft AEG
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Did this trip about Nov 2010. I was not able to locate trail so bushwacked up. not a difficult walk and nice veiws from top. Got snowed on on the way out via the road east to highway 89.
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Sep 04 2010
ssk44
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44 male
 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2010
ssk44
Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   3 Hrs      0.80 mph
980 ft AEG
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See hike description...

I found this little gem courtesy of Google Earth. I was like a kid in a candy store when I found it. I just knew it was going to be good and I couldn't wait to see it in person. It did not disappoint. I had a hunch that elk might hide out up there. During my visit I saw one group of elk at the trailhead and two groups within the trees surrounding the upper meadow. Four of those elk surrounding the upper meadow were respectable bulls. My encounters were amazingly up close and personal. What a great way to spend the afternoon. Great views, solitude, and wildlife. It doesn't get much better!


Eric (ssk44) :D
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