Secret Mountain Trail No. 109

Area Status: Open
This area is Open


This trail can be accessed from the end of FR 538 on the rim or as an add-on to the Loy Canyon Trail. The trail climbs up from the Secret Mountain Saddle where it joins with the Loy Canyon Trail. Because of the remoteness and infrequent use of the trail, the trail can be easily lost. Several trail spurs take the hiker to spectacular views but pay attention to where you left the main trail. There is only one way to return and that is the way in. If you lose the trail, retrace your steps immediately to pick up the trail again.

Rating: Moderate

Hiking time: 5 hours (round trip)


  • No motorized vehicles, no mechanized vehicles in Wilderness

At a Glance

Open Season: Late Spring
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Operated By: Flagstaff Ranger District - 928-526-0866

General Information


Location: 34 miles southwest of Flagstaff. 38 miles northwest of Sedona.

GPS (Map): 34°58'46.2"N 111°54'01.6"W


If you plan on driving the dirt roads to the Secret Mountain Trailhead, a Coconino National Forest map is essential for navigation as there are many dirt roads that cross and merge with the with the route to the trailhead. Four-wheel-drive and high clearance is recommended. Do not attempt to drive if the roads are muddy or snowy.

  • From Flagstaff: take Woody Mountain Road (FR 231) south, take FR 538 off to the right, keeping southward this road becomes FR 536. Go about half-mile and turn left on FR 538. Stay on FR 538 about 2 miles to trailhead. This route is about 27.5 miles from Route 66.
  • From Sedona: Traveling north on 89A, turn left on FR 535 which is approximately 1.2 miles beyond the switchbacks. After 2.6 miles bear left (south) to continue on FR 535. After 4.1 miles bear left on FR 536. After 3.25 miles, bear right on to FR 538. The trailhead is 11.6 miles further with many forks and road crossings. This route is about 22 miles from Hwy. 89A.
  • From the top of the Loy Canyon Trail: at the Secret Mountain Saddle, turn right on the Secret Mountain Trail.


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  Area/Length : 
5.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
6599 at trailhead