Christmas has been put away until next December. Another year is upon us, and I can’t wait to see how me and my family celebrate. Stay tuned for that! Over the holiday, we got some great hikes in. One day, we headed up north to Sedona. Knowing Sedona would be packed with tourists and visiting relatives, my dad opted to drive through Cottonwood. It is a bit longer mileage wise, but we didn’t have to sit in long lines at roundabouts in town. Going this way avoids all the in-town traffic, especially when you are heading to Secret Canyon.
Secret Canyon isn’t really a secret, which confuses me, but I’m a dog. Lots of things humans do confuse me. Like what is up with hair spray? I love my mom, but when she sprays that stuff on her hair it stinks! Where was I? Oh yeah…so take I-17 north of Phoenix to 260 or exit 287 toward Cottonwood. The construction project is almost done, so we moved along nicely.
This takes you to 89A into Sedona the backway. Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to Forest Road 152. This road is rough; high clearance and four-wheel drive are required. Many people had to bail and park along the road and hike in. Depending upon where you park, you could add up to five miles to your hike! It isn’t hard but steady and hot (no shade).
It is not recommended during wet weather.
We pressed on with our Nissan Pathfinder for three long miles. They were extremely slow going, and we passed the trailhead for Devil’s Bridge, which we’ve done before. Shortly after that, we came to a small park lot and the trail head for Secret Canyon. Other than some Pink Jeep Tour folks driving around, we were the only ones who made it! We had the trail to ourselves. Awoof!
The first two miles follows an old road bed that is fairly flat and easy going. We had great views of red rocks, and it was so very quiet. We opted to have our picnic at the two-mile mark and then turned back. Apparently, if we had continued, the rest of the trail meanders in and out of the canyon bottom. Vegetation varies from chaparral to mixed conifer along this typically dry water course.
Because it is quite a drive to this trail, your humans have to watch the time. We started out early and still began to lose light. Backpacking would certainly be a way to hike further in, and you can go a total of 11 miles roundtrip. Since we got our camper trailer, my humans don’t sleep on the ground anymore. To be honest, I’m quite happy in my comfy and cozy dog bed inside the camper. Yes, four miles was just right for us this beautiful day.
Four wheeling down went just as slow and was actually more difficult. Some of the rocks were more exposed because of all the traffic. Dad was glad he had a lift kit and skid plates on. Me, I found it quite bumpy, so I nestled into my kennel bed and took a nap. Life is good, and I wish you a happy New Year full of fun adventures!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!