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The Hike - Walk a pleasant trail that swings by the Hitchcock Ranch and then heads north through a scenic canyon. The Loy Canyon Trail goes all the way up to the Mogollon Rim, 5 miles, but because this is a round trip hike, you may turn around and return to the trailhead at any time.
After the hike, those interested in history can visit the Honanki Indian Ruins, which are just 0.7 miles on down the road. A Red Rock Pass, $5, is required for the ruins but not for the trailhead.
Distance - up to 10 miles round trip, depending on where you turn around
Elevation Change - +-1,856 feet (rises 1,000 feet during the last mile)
Elevations - 4,710' (trailhead) to 6460' (saddle)
Time - 6-8 hours
On trail - 100% — Loy Canyon Trail #5
Dogs? - no
Type - round trip
Starting at - Loy Canyon Trailhead 34° 55.934' N, 111° 55.504' W [NAD27]
Cost - Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
Leader - Ted Tenny (480) 396-3389 Call or email the leader to confirm. Let me know if you want to go all the way to the top.
Meet - 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
1. Merge onto I-17 north toward Flagstaff, via the ramp on the left.
2. Take exit 287 for AZ-260 toward Cottonwood/Payson/Arizona 89A.
3. Turn left (northwest) onto AZ-260.
4. At Cottonwood turn right (northeast) toward Sedona onto Arizona 89A.
5. Turn left (north) onto Forest Road 525.
34° 48.837' N, 111° 54.280' W [NAD27]
The junction is on a flat stretch before the highway starts gently uphill.
6. Continue north on Forest Road 525. The trailhead is 9.3 miles from 89A.
34° 55.934' N, 111° 55.504' W [NAD27]
At the entrance to the Hancock Ranch there is a cattle guard and a Honanki Ruins sign. Just before the entrance is a parking lot on the left. The trail is on the right.
There is cell phone service at the trailhead. No water or other improvements.
NOTE: The road is rocky and rough in places. High clearance/4WD is best.