Loop Hike: Secret Canyon, David Miller, Bear Sign Canyon, and Dry Creek Trails 

Loop hike starting at Secret Canyon Trailhead, over the pass on David Miller Trail, and down Bear Sign Canyon.


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Author: deborahsoltesz
Date: 18 Mar 2009 2:30:00 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Arizona (AZ)
Distance: 6.51 mi  (Change units)
Average Speed: 1.4 mph - 0:42:57/mi
Duration: 4:39:46
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1465 ft
Total Loss: 1464 ft
Net Change: 1 ft
Difficulty: 3 / 10
USGS Topo Map: Wilson Mountain
Tags: Arizona, Sedona
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Sedona Loop Hike - Secret Canyon, David Miller, Bear Sign, and Dry Creek Trails 2009-03-18: With the increasingly long days, we decided to hike the Secret Canyon, Dave Miller, Bear Sign, and Dry Creek loop for our midweek hike. The entire loop is approximately 6.5 miles long. The loop starts at Secret Canyon trailhead, following the first two miles of the trail through wide open canyon with fantasic redrock views.

David Miller Trail comes in from the left right before Secret Canyon Trail turns to go deep into Secret Canyon. David Miller serves as a joiner trail between Secret Canyon and Bear Sign Trails. The trail is one mile long, with a moderately strenuous (but thankfully short, quarter mile) climb up to a pass. The views from the trail are absolutely fantastic, however the pass itself is fairly heavily treed, so be the best views are from the trail before reaching the pass. The trail on the Bear Sign Canyon side of the pass is steeper and the canyon is heavily forested. The descent from the pass to the canyon floor is approximately 200 vertical feet.

Turning right on Bear Sign Trail leads 2.25 miles through the heavily forested, steep, narrow canyon. The canyon is very pretty, and a great hike for escaping the heat on warmer days. The trail drops down into the wash nears the end, joining up at Dry Creek Trail where two drainages meet. Veering left on Dry Creek Trail, the trail offers some nice canyon views before arriving at the Dry Creek/Vultee's Arch trailhead after 0.75 mile. Secret Canyon trailhead is a mile hike down the dirt road from the Dry Creek/Vultee's Arch trailhead.

Hiking report
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Trail photos, information, and maps:

Secret Canyon #121
David Miller
Bear Sign #59
Dry Creek

TO TRAILHEAD: From the "Y" in Sedona, take 89A west. Right Dry Creek Road (152C). Drive for two miles to Forest Road 152. About 3 miles up this road on the left (west) side of the road is Secret Canyon Trailhead.

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Tracks

Loop Hike

Distance: 6.51 mi Points: 830
Total Time: 4:39:46 Speed: 1.4 mph Pace: 42:57 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 1.4 mph Pace: 42:57 / mi
Secret Canyon Trail (2 miles) Dave Miller Trail (1 mile) Bear Sign Canyon Trail (2.25 miles) Dry Creek Trail (0.75 miles) Road back to Secret Canyon Trailhead (0.5 mile)

Points of Interest

Secret Canyon Trailhead

Location: 34.930174, -111.806716

Junction of Secret Canyon and David Miller Trails

Location: 34.951695, -111.820390
Turn right onto David Miller Trail. Mild uphill for the first 0.5 mile, steep uphill for next 0.25 mile, then steep downhill (200' vertical drop) for last 0.25 mile.

Junction of David Miller and Bear Sign Canyon Trails

Location: 34.962310, -111.818780
Turn right on Bear Sign Trail

Dry Creek Trailhead

Location: 34.937342, -111.794893
Hike road west out of parking area to return to Secret Canyon Trailhead.

Junction of Bear Sign Canyon and Dry Creek Trails

Location: 34.945407, -111.794888
Trails meet at the confluence of two drainages, which are generally dry. Head right (downstream, south) on Dry Creek Trail.

Creek Crossing

Location: 34.938024, -111.809539
The creek is usually easy to cross. It's not deep, and there's plenty of stepping stones.

Secret Canyon Trail

Location: 34.941300, -111.813523

View into Secret Canyon

Location: 34.950915, -111.819692

Junction of Secret Canyon and David Miller Trails

Location: 34.951664, -111.820408

David Miller Trail

Location: 34.951639, -111.820394

David Miller Trail

Location: 34.957360, -111.820200

David Miller Trail

Location: 34.958942, -111.820318

View from David Miller Trail

Location: 34.959410, -111.820465

View into Bear Sign Canyon

Location: 34.961030, -111.819546
View from the pass on David Miller Trail into Bear Sign Canyon.

Descent into Bear Sign Canyon

Location: 34.961305, -111.819491

Bear Sign Canyon

Location: 34.961411, -111.819308
View from David Miller Trail into Bear Sign Canyon

Junction of David Miller and Bear Sign Canyon Trails

Location: 34.962309, -111.818784
Turn right on Bear Sign Canyon Trail.

Bear Sign Canyon Trail

Location: 34.959448, -111.816663

Bear Sign Canyon Trail

Location: 34.954263, -111.811949

Bear Sign Canyon Trail

Location: 34.952709, -111.808009

Bear Sign Canyon Trail

Location: 34.952833, -111.807460

Bear Sign Canyon Trail

Location: 34.951253, -111.800033

Dry Creek Trail

Location: 34.941057, -111.794861

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