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Saturday, September 18, 2010

SECRET CANYON-DAVID MILLER-BEAR SIGN LOOP

SECRET CANYON-DAVID MILLER-BEAR SIGN LOOP Red Rock Secret Canyon Wilderness, Sedona This combination option hooks up two of the above trails with the David Miller connector and a segment of FR 152 for a long loop hike. Begin on the Secret Canyon Trail and hike 1.75 miles to the David Miller junction. Veer right (north) on David Miller and go 1.5 miles to the Bear Sign junction. Turn right here and continue on Bear Sign 2.25 miles to the Dry Creek junction. Go right here and continue 0.75 miles to the Dry Creek trailhead. From here, go right and follow FR 152 one mile back to the Secret Canyon trailhead. BEST TIME FOR FALL COLOR: mid-October. For weekly reports, call the Forest Service Fall Color Hotline, 1-800-354-4595 or visit.fs.fed.us/r3/recreation/fall-colors/fall.shtml LENGTH: 7.25-mile loop RATING: moderate ELEVATION: 4,700 – 5,400 feet DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 134 miles BEST SEASONS: September - May BEST TIME FOR FALL COLOR: mid-to-late October GETTING THERE: From the “Y” intersection of AZ 179 and AZ 89A in Sedona, go left (toward Cottonwood) on 89A for 3.2 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn right and go 2 miles to Vultee Arch Road (Forest Road 152). Turn right and follow FR 152 3.4 miles to the trailhead on the left. A high clearance vehicle is required on FR 152. FEE: Red Rock Pass--$5 per vehicle is required INFO: Coconino National Forest, Red Rock District 928-203-2900 http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/red_rock/secret-canyon-tr.shtml MAP: http://www.redrockcountry.org/maps/map-graphics/red-rock-map-9-05.pdf

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