Bear Sign-Secret Canyon Loop Trail

Sedona, Arizona

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This is an easy loop through the Red Rock–Secret Mountain country, using the Bear Sign Canyon Trail to ascend Bear Sign Canyon to a saddle and then following Secret Canyon Trail for the return. Attractions include rare Arizona cypress stands in the cool depths of Bear Sign Canyon and an optional side trip to the hidden recesses of Secret Canyon. A Red Rock Pass, obtainable at the Red Rock Ranger Station in Sedona, is required for parking at the trailhead. Start off on the Dry Creek Trail, which follows the normally dry creek north through fine stands of Arizona cypress, mixed with pinyon pine and juniper trees. After 0.7 mile, turn left on the Bear Sign Canyon Trail, which heads generally northwest as it follows the twists and turns of the canyon. The high, forested cliffs of the Mogollon Rim form the backdrop, and red rock buttes, fins, and pinnacles create a dramatic foreground.

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"This is an easy loop through the Red Rock–Secret Mountain country, using the Bear Sign Canyon Trail to ascend Bear Sign Canyon to a saddle and then following Secret Canyon Trail for the return. Attractions include rare Arizona cypress stands in the cool depths of Bear Sign Canyon and an optional side trip to the hidden recesses of Secret Canyon. A Red Rock Pass, obtainable at the Red Rock Ranger Station in Sedona, is required for parking at the trailhead.

Start off on the Dry Creek Trail, which follows the normally dry creek north through fine stands of Arizona cypress, mixed with pinyon pine and juniper trees. After 0.7 mile, turn left on the Bear Sign Canyon Trail, which heads generally northwest as it follows the twists and turns of the canyon. The high, forested cliffs of the Mogollon Rim form the backdrop, and red rock buttes, fins, and pinnacles create a dramatic foreground."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 1,170 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours
Season: April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,792 feet
Top Elevation: 4,930 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Wilson Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Sign-Secret Canyon Loop Trail

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May 2018