Loy Canyon Trail

Sedona, Arizona

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A scenic hike up a red rock canyon to the Mogollon Rim in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. The Loy Canyon Trail ends where it joins the Secret Mountain Trail in the saddle between Secret Mountain and the Mogollon Rim. Views are limited here, but if you walk a few hundred yards along the road there is a great view down Loy Canyon. Initially the trail skirts the Hancock Ranch along its east boundary, then joins the dry creekbed 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.

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"A scenic hike up a red rock canyon to the Mogollon Rim in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. The Loy Canyon Trail ends where it joins the Secret Mountain Trail in the saddle between Secret Mountain and the Mogollon Rim. Views are limited here, but if you walk a few hundred yards along the road there is a great view down Loy Canyon.

Initially the trail skirts the Hancock Ranch along its east boundary, then joins the dry creekbed 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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Top Elevation: 6,800 feet
Local Contacts: Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Loy Butte; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Loy Canyon Trail

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