Secret Canyon, Sedona is about 10 miles long and located near Sedona, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full... more » day.
Moderate. Has some challenges for experienced hikers. I see ET has this at 9.7, but it was 10 miles. We hiked in 5, turned around and returned same route.
Off 89A, turn on Dry Creek Rd heading North. Turn right on FR 152 (Forest Road 152). You need a high clearance vehicle for this; it is not suitable for passenger vehicles. You have to drive in on FR 152 about 3.5 miles. This will take you about an extra 30 minutes each way, as there are lots of rocks and dips and turns. Very rough road. (We rented an ATV - you can get them in Sedona for $400/day. You will get dusty in an open vehicle, so cover cameras, binoculars etc).
Trail head is well marked. First 2.5 miles is sand, dust, and rocks. Second half is where it gets lovely, with pine scents, although I had to fight of swarms of gnats (bring your bandana).
After 5 miles (according to ET), there was no reason we could see to keep going. Looked like end of trail. Honestly, I'd suggest you turn back at 4.8. Between 3 miles in to 4.8 is prettiest.
the TrailHead cites it as 5.1 miles, and I believe we actually went further then the 5.1 miles because we had passed ravines and pools that the TrailHead said marked the end. But since ET hadn't logged a full 5.1 miles, we kept going. The pools were a good turn-around point too, since the climb after them was not rewarding (except in terms of mileage). It was less than spectacular.
See photos - I tell you best spot to "call it a day" and head back. Also, see my guide on Boynton Canyon - it is just as pretty as this, with much less effort (and time). less «