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Loy Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This is 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 its east boundary and 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. The buff-colored Coconino sandstone cliffs ofthe Mogollon Rim tower above the trail to the north, and matching cliffs form the north end of Secret Mountain. Watch carefully for the point where the trail leaves the canyon bottom and begins climbing the north side of the canyon in a series of switchbacks. Though it is a steep climb, the reward is an expanding view of Loy Canyon."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
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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