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Dry Creek Trail #52 - 10 members in 15 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 30 2018
fricknaley
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43 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2018
fricknaley
Hiking15.92 Miles 2,073 AEG
Hiking15.92 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.62 mph
2,073 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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a very much needed mental getaway. always wanted to do the bear sign/secret loop but wanted some extra miles so i started from the jordan trailhead and used brins mesa (thanks for the idea @hikerdw)

brins mesa is always a pleasant trail, imo, and especially coming back down late in the day with the sweet views. predictably saw nobody after the soldier pass cutoff.

quick walk along dry creek road and trail

bear sign is pretty awesome, especially up canyon with some pretty big trees, shade and occasional neat views. poison ivy is ready and raring to go. hated to see it end so soon

david miller...holy smokes. who knew? talk about short and sweet. really great views from the saddle, especially if you climb up the little high point. the wind this day, and especially on the highpoint was :o

secret canyon kind of goes by fast, but held it's charm from what i remembered (last hiked it probably 13 years ago).

the whole way back was very smooth, quiet and pretty relaxing really. i think i saw maybe 4-5 people on brins mesa coming back?. nobody at all on dry creek or the loop. coming down the end of brins mesa late afternoon/early evening is a treat.
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Feb 17 2018
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 17 2018
chumley
Backpack18.37 Miles 2,902 AEG
Backpack18.37 Miles2 Days         
2,902 ft AEG
 
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We played pedestrian pinball on the way to the trailhead. If it was up to me, the FS should dynamite the bridge and return this place to some level of normalcy. The road condition has deteriorated significantly since last I drove it, and I'm guessing it is probably very much on purpose. It was nice to crawl it in 4-low, and we stopped to help a kid get his jeep back on the road after leaving it dangling off the side of a steep ravine overnight.

Dry Creek :next: Bear Sign :next: David Miller :next: Secret Canyon made a nice alternate on the way up, but we returned on the direct path on Secret Canyon only.

Plenty of water in all the canyons and side drainages, but little to no flow anywhere. It was a little chilly with all the wet ground, but despite ice on some of the pools, it did not drop below freezing overnight.

We went upstream about a mile and a half beyond the end of the trail, and there are a few really picturesque spots. Sometime I'd like to try the entire length of this canyon from up near Hidden Cabin. Who wants to shuttle!? :lol:

The poison ivy hadn't leafed out yet, so we pretended it wasn't there. :pray: :oops:

If you're looking to hook up with an instagram model, I recommend hiking Dry Creek Road on a weekend.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No flow but plenty of clear pools in bedrock

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Plenty of pools the entire length of canyon, probably from recent rains. Trickles in most side canyons
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Feb 17 2018
Tough_Boots
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 17 2018
Tough_Boots
Backpack14.00 Miles 1,957 AEG
Backpack14.00 Miles2 Days         
1,957 ft AEG
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Nice easy backpacking trip though a little cold and damp. I'd do this again though maybe in a different season.
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Nov 25 2017
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking7.70 Miles 131 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.41 mph
131 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Yolanda, Carey, and Maria joined me for a ride up to Sedona to do the Bear Sign / Secret Canyon Loop. The dirt road in was worse than I remember from last year when I drove up to Brins Mesa Trailhead. We parked at Secret Canyon and then hiked up the road to Dry Creek / Bear Sign Trailhead to start the loop in a counter clockwise direction. Tall trees lined the canyons up to the saddle of David Miller trail. We explored north from the saddle to find a nice panoramic view above the thick manzanita and a fire ring. Returning on Secret Canyon Trail there were few trees, mostly manzanita. Great loop!
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Feb 29 2016
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Blacketts RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2016
uphill_junkie
Hiking7.51 Miles 2,380 AEG
Hiking7.51 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.80 mph
2,380 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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A member of SACC wanted to find people to hike with during the weekdays, so I readily volunteered since I'm usually out by myself. He'd never done Blackett's before, so we hiked that, then ended up talking to this super nice older couple on top from Ouray (we had a lot to talk about!) for about an hour! Then we headed over on the Phoneline Trail to the Link down to the Creek trail to get a bit more in. He was a lot slower than I would've hiked, but it was nice to have company. :D
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Feb 27 2016
Tim
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57 male
 Joined Feb 25 2002
 Scottsdale
Dry Creek Trail #52Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2016
Tim
Hiking4.50 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.16 mph
560 ft AEG
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Getting to the Vultee Arch Trailhead proved as entertaining as the hike. Forest Service Road #152 is a whole lot more rugged than I remembered it. When I got home I check my trail logs and the last time I was back here was in 2003 and I easily made it in a Ford Mustang. That wouldn't have been the case today as there are many spots where a passenger car would high center. I was in a Jeep Cherokee 4x4 but any high clearance vehicle would do, although I did bottom out rather hard once when I wasn't paying attention and caught a bad line. On the drive To the Vultee Arch Trailhead, I saw only a couple of cars at the other trailheads so I had the place to myself. Maybe the Forest Service has let the road fall into disrepair as a way of crowd control? It took me roughly 30 minutes to travel the 4.25 miles to the trailhead so it is pretty slow going.

The Dry Creek Trail very scenic and the creek was flowing which made for nice background music. But there were a lot of blown down trees crossing the trail and it was somewhat overgrown and faint in spots which made for slow going. On one of the multiple creek crossings I missed the trail and stayed in the creek bed which proved to be time consuming. I eventually caught the trail again on the next creek crossing. I came around one bend and to my surprise, say another hiker examining a map. Where'd he come from? Turns out he had parked on 89A and come up over Sterling Pass to the Vultee Trail as part of a large loop incorporating the Bear Sign and David Miller Trails. He was just taking a side trip up Dry Creek. His name was Karl and he was visiting Sedona for 2 weeks and hitting as many of the trails as he could from his base camping spot west of town. I continue on towards the end of the trail but I don't think I quite got there as I only went in 2.25 miles and the trail is listed at 2.6 miles. But it was getting really overgrown and I couldn't find anything that resembled a trail any longer so I decided to call it a day.

On the drive out I was a bit more careful but still managed to get some Arizona pinstriping on my Jeep. Between the Brins Mesa Trailhead and the paved road I must have come across 100 people hiking the road! There were very few vehicles at any of the trailheads and the vehicles that were there were all high clearance. I gave a lift to a pregnant lady and her husband whom had bitten off a bit more than they could chew. When I got to the paved road, both sides of it was lined with parked cars for a 1/2 mile in both directions. This place was packed! And it was the same up at the Long Canyon Trailhead where the young couple had their left their car. It was a beautiful day and my hike came in at 4.5 miles in just a little over 2 hours with 560 feet of AEG. That time doesn't include the 20 minutes I spent chatting with Karl.
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May 02 2014
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2014
hikerdw
Hiking15.90 Miles 2,071 AEG
Hiking15.90 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.77 mph
2,071 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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Did a lollipop loop hike starting from the Jordan Road Trailhead. Hiked Brins Mesa, 152c, then the official Bear Sign / Secret Loop, returning back the same way. Bear Sign Canyon and the short David Miller Trails were the highlight IMO. Lots of flying insects the entire hike but it is that time of the year for them. Afterwards we had pizza at the Sedona Pizza Company and then stopped in at Oak Creek Brewery for a cold one.
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Aug 12 2012
Al_HikesAZ
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87 male
 Joined May 16 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2012
Al_HikesAZ
Hiking6.80 Miles 2,015 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.47 mph
2,015 ft AEG
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Nice little hike. Added this on after hiking Vultee Arch. Left my truck at the Vultee TH and did this hike clockwise to get the road out of the way first. That Davey Miller mile really kicks the cardio. Steep switchbacks going up and coming down. Nice views from the top of the David Miller trail. Dry Creek Road 152 was a lot rougher than I remembered. Taking it fast will definitely knock a few fillings loose. Wildflowers - Some penstemon, geraniums, white composites, and yellow composites.
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Nov 05 2011
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2011
The_Eagle
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   3.32 mph
1,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Scrapped one hike with forecast highs of 32 and snow, for another with 47 for a high and snow.

The hardest part of this hike was the road in. On normal days, High clearance is all that's needed. The snow had stopped well before the hike started, but the wet slick mud meant I'd have to change things up a bit. I decided not to chance it anymore, and parked on 152, about 2/3's of a mile from the Secret Canyon TH, 3 miles from the pavement.

I Started at the Wet Creek Trail and did a Counter clockwise loop on:
Dry Creek Trail > Bear Sign Canyon Trail > David Miller Trail > Secret Canyon Trail.

This entire trek was gorgeous, with the smattering of snow on the red peaks. The hike down Bear Sign Canyon proved to be a bit interesting, with melting snow bombarding you as you walked under the over taxed limbs.

This is a relatively easy hike, with the only real elevation gain on the David Miller Trail. The views from the saddle at the apex of this trail are breathtaking. I ate some lunch close to the top here, on a dry spot in the sun, and soaked in the views.

If you can make the trip on FR152, I recommend this loop!
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May 16 2009
Michael Smith
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 Joined Mar 09 2008
 Buckeye, AZ
Dry Creek Trail #52Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2009
Michael Smith
Hiking4.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
600 ft AEG
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Yes, it is possible to hike beautiful Sedona without seeing a single person on the trail. My wife and I did this hike after reading Joe Bartel's description and we were not disappointed. The only company we had were eagles and songbirds too numerous to count. It was warm (90 deg), but the trail is shaded almost the entire way. The soft breeze blowing up the draw kept us cool. LOTS of poison ivy on the trail so we had to watch our step.
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Dec 13 2008
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Bear Sign / Secret LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2008
toddak
Hiking15.00 Miles 622 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.31 mph
622 ft AEG
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Outstanding loop hike (I went clockwise from the Secret Canyon TH), with numerous fine side trails to explore. Of these, Secret Canyon is the most popular, but HS Canyon is also very nice. I especially enjoyed continuing up-canyon on the Bear Sign trail after the intersection with the David Miller Trail - narrow, in lovely forest. Went up the Dry Creek Trail a ways - OK but not especially interesting. And of course its worth the trip over to see Vultee Arch. Will have to return in the Spring when the many creeks are running.
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Dec 18 2006
cyn
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 Joined Aug 13 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
Dry Creek Trail #52Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2006
cyn
Hiking4.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
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Oct 22 2006
hikemonk
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 Gilbert, AZ
Dry Creek Trail #52Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2006
hikemonk
Hiking7.00 Miles 600 AEG
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Oct 22 2006
JadeEir
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 Joined Aug 03 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Dry Creek Trail #52Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2006
JadeEir
Hiking7.00 Miles 600 AEG
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This hike was the last minute alternative to a way to crowded trip to West Fork of Oak Creek. What a blessing it turned out to be. This was a beautiful hike on a peaceful path winding along the dry creek, through arches of colorful fall trees backed by cliffs of red rock walls. I can not put to words the experience of this hike.
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Sep 11 2004
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Dry Creek Trail #52Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2004
joebartels
Hiking6.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   1.58 mph
600 ft AEG
 
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It's still hot out in the ol' bone dry creek but Autumn will be wippin' out his magic wand soon. Skip the crowds and tip toe through the poision ivy.

If you come to this trailhead and decide on Vultee Arch it's like going to Walmart in California. People just don't get it, the beach is open!

I crossed bear scat no less than twelve times directly on the trail. The Beartooth map route swings right at the end compared to the route I followed.

It should probably be noted that there is a LOT of poison ivy in this canyon. Luckily I made it without incident in shorts and sandals.
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