Summary: A pleasant hike through a canyon with plenty of shade
Challenge Level: Moderate
Hiking Distance: About 2 miles each way (4 miles total)
Trailhead Directions: Drive west from the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179) on SR 89A for about 3 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn right on Dry Creek Road for and drive for about 2 miles and make a right turn on to Forest Road 152. Drive out the very rough, unpaved FR 152 for about 3 1/2 miles. The trailhead parking is on the left. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for driving on FR 152.
Description: You begin hiking the Secret Canyon Trail. After you hike a little more then 1/2 mile, watch for the HS Canyon Trail #50 sign on your left. This 2 mile one way hike gently rises about 600 feet and provides good red rock views, although the forest you hike through obscures many of them. The name presumably comes from the early settlers finding lots of horse s**t on this trail. A good hike for the hot summer as there is plenty of shade.
Here are photos from our December 2008 hike
Here are photos by Lou Camp
And some photos by Darryl Thompson
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
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Last Updated October 8, 2013
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