NileGuide Expert Says:
Ambitious hikers should start this 5.5 mile trail as early as possible. It is “off the beaten path,” but offers solitude from the masses and amazing scenery.
Secret Canyon Dr, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
520 282 4119
This is a long hike for the visitor seeking a peaceful, yet challenging trail, "off the beaten path." This quiet trail plunges you immediately into the wilderness, winding in and out of this deep canyon. Secret Canyon Trail offers a bit of everything: great views of Sedona's red rock formations, strenuous uphill, smooth rock riverbeds, lots of sun, and just enough shade when necessary. There are spots where the trail is wide enough to lay across and times when it narrows just enough for hikers to walk single-file. An inviting stream gives way to small waterfalls and the occasional pool of water, all between below the towering canyon walls. The trailhead can be reached by driving west through Sedona on 89A to Dry Creek Road (152C). Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to Forest Road 152 and turn. About 3 miles down the road you should see a sign on the left pointing you to the Secret Canyon Trailhead. Keep in mind that it's a bumpy road, but passable with normal clearance. Use caution and don't chance it in a car if it's muddy.