Arizona Hiking Gallery
Loy Canyon / Secret Mountain Hike
Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, AZ
October 25, 2008
Gallery contains 32 photos
Gallery last updated: 1/17/2009

This hike is a 12-13 mile out-and-back hike along the Loy Canyon Trail up Loy Canyon and then up on top of Secret Mountain to Secret Cabin and back. The hike up Loy Canyon starts near Loy Butte and is fairly easy with views of red rock formations. The trail then takes a turn and climbs steeply up the west side of the canyon to a saddle. From the saddle there's a little more climbing to get up onto Secret Mountain. Secret Cabin is about a mile from the saddle.

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The hike starts at the lower end of Loy Canyon near Loy Butte pictured here.

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Loy Butte

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Juniper berries.

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The Hancock Ranch sits below the red walls of Loy Butte.

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More red rock vistas along the Loy Canyon Trail.

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October snowfall? Nope, just a billion juniper berries covering the ground.

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Juniper berries cover the ground.

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A red rock pinnacle towers above Loy Canyon Trail.

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Interesting layers in the red rock.

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Red rock cliffs along the Loy Canyon Trail.

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A hit of fall color appears through dense foliage in Loy Canyon.

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Leaves of an ash tree displaying their yellow fall color.

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Skyrocket (Ipomopsis aggregata).

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Fall color in Loy Canyon.

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The Loy Canyon Trail makes a steep climb out of the canyon. Here's a view looking back above Loy Canyon.

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Views of the canyon walls as the trail continues to climb.

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A view looking back down Loy Canyon.

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Views of cliffs as the trail climbs up to a saddle.

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At the saddle we'll turn to the right and continue up Secret Mountain.

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Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii) sporting its suit of fall colors.

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Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii).

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A tarantula was found wandering along the trail on top of Secret Mountain.

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The front door of Secret Cabin leans against the cabin's wall.

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A corral still stands behind Secret Cabin.

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The remains of Secret Cabin.

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The logs forming a corning of Secret Cabin.

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A view overlooking Loy Canyon as we start on our way back down.

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The trail follows along a steep hillside of buff colored cliffs.

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Cliff views from Loy Canyon Trail.

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Cliff views from Loy Canyon Trail.

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Loy Butte

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Cliffs above Loy Canyon reflect golden light from the last rays of the quickly fading sun.

All images Copyright ©2008 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.