Loy Canyon

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain2,276ft
Trailhead Elevation4,710ft
Elevation Min/Max4710/6461ft
Elevation Start/End4710/4710ft

Loy Canyon

Loy Canyon is a hiking and horse trail in Coconino County and Yavapai County, Arizona. It is within Coconino National Forest and Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 4,710 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,276 feet.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Sedona (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"A scenic hike up a red-rock canyon to the Mogollon Rim in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. Initially the trail skirts the Hancock Ranch along the ranch’s east boundary. After passing the ranch the trail then joins the dry creek bed, which it follows northward through the open pinyon-pine, juniper, and Arizona-cypress forest. Conical Loy Butte looms to the west, and the cliffs of Secret Mountain tower over Loy Canyon on the east. After 2.1 miles the canyon becomes narrower, and the trail turns slightly toward the northeast. In another mile the trail turns toward the east as the canyon opens up a bit. The buff-colored Coconino sandstone cliffs of the Mogollon Rim tower above the trail to the north, and matching cliffs form the north end of Secret Mountain. This scenic spot makes a good stopping point for those hikers who desire an easy hike." Read more

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The first few miles of this hike are relatively easy as the trail meanders up Loy Canyon. About a mile in, there are some small ruins a ways up the side of the canyon on the left. The climb out of the canyon is certainly steep and strenuous, but as the guidebook suggests, the views are worth it. When the Loy Canyon trail intersects the Secret Mountain trail, the terrain shifted to pine forest and we tried to ascend Secret Mountain via the trail, rather than proceeding to the Secret Mountain Trailhead as the book suggests. The trail became fairly steep, and patches of snow and downed trees made the trail difficult with leashed dogs, so we turned back.

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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Coconino National Forest
Skill Level
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
Loy Butte USGS quad; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps

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Dec 2018