Secret Canyon in Sedona, AZ

This is a fantastic hike to do in the fall (late October) and is very close to Sedona. The road to the actual trailhead is very much a 4wd road, I got hung up a few times due to the long wheelbase of the van, but any SUV with a decent amount of clearance will make it here no problem. For everyone else you must park down at the lower trailhead which mean an extremely long hike. From the real trailhead it is a 12 mile round trip hike, I'm not sure what it would be from the lower trailhead... You can find more information from the Forest Service. To see the very minimum of this canyon I recommend going in at least 3 miles. The next 3 miles after this are spectacular though.

All photos taken with the Fuji XT-1 and are straight out of the camera

You start the hike in the arid desert which is a mix of being in the trees and sun. The first section was quite hot even in the early morning.

You start the hike in the arid desert which is a mix of being in the trees and sun. The first section was quite hot even in the early morning.

As you continue you enter the canyon where the temperature becomes quite pleasant and the colors start to explode.

As you continue you enter the canyon where the temperature becomes quite pleasant and the colors start to explode.

Along the trail I came across this giant pile of bear scat but saw no other signs of activity

Along the trail I came across this giant pile of bear scat but saw no other signs of activity

This is your typical view from the trail....not bad

This is your typical view from the trail....not bad

At 3 miles I choose to enter the canyon and explore rather than following the trail, this proved to be quite fruitful

At 3 miles I choose to enter the canyon and explore rather than following the trail, this proved to be quite fruitful

I'm fairly certain this was poison oak in the canyon, watch where you step! I hope my legs don't explode in nastiness next week....

I'm fairly certain this was poison oak in the canyon, watch where you step! I hope my legs don't explode in nastiness next week....