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Secret Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"Soaring high above the red rock country west of Sedona, Secret Mountain offers a unique perspective on the surrounding landscape. To the north of the flat-topped summit is Secret Canyon, while stretching southward is the expansive Verde Valley. This hike begins by following the length of Loy Canyon to a small saddle at its head. From there it is a pleasant walk through pine forests to the mountain’s scenic southern edge."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
A very quiet hike, even on Memorial Weekend. The first mile or so has a lot of large trees down to scramble over. Two old cabin sites are neat to explore, and nearby pools are great to soak off trail dust on your return trip! The forest fire damage seems to have obscured the end of the trail which I never did find. But I was able to follow a game trail to incredible views up Boynton Canyon. Most of the trail was cool and shaded.
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