Dry Creek Trail

Dry Creek Trail

Dry Creek Trail


This is another trail that I regrettably did not hike for years. Inspired by how great Bear Sign Trail was, I tried it last spring. It was fantastic. Have to go back to this one.
May be best to call on road conditions first. But definitely give it a try.

Below is what the Coconino National Forest website has to say.
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This trail is an infrequently used trail that has a true remote feel. It is shady and can be hiked in summer.

Begin at the Dry Creek trailhead west of the parking area across a wash. The trail immediately enters Wilderness Area and turns right as it meets Dry Creek and follows along this usually dry streambed. At .75 miles, there is a junction with Bear Sign Trail. Dry Creek Trail continues ahead to the right. The trail climbs gradually parallel to the drainage with views of the red rock walls of this rugged canyon.

Later, the trail narrows and becomes less distinct, but is never far from the dry streambed. At 2.5 miles, the trail crosses a large wash and becomes much harder to follow. If you do not have good route finding skills, this junction is a good place to turn back. If you decide to continue, cross the wash, turn to the right, and follow the wash to the north for approximately one more mile, coming close up under the Mogollon Rim in a dense stand of ponderosa pine. The trail ends here. Return by the same route for a 6 mile hike.

Open Season: Year ’round
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District – 928-203-2900

Directions: Go West through Sedona to Dry Creek Road (152C) at the west end of town. Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to Forest Road 152. This road is rough, but can be traveled by passenger vehicles. It is not recommended during wet weather. About 4.3 miles up this road you will reach a small sandy opening or turn-a-round. Park here and proceed hiking out the east end of the opening along a short jeep trail which deadends at a drainage. Continue on the foot path up the canyon.

Hiking Time: Allow 4-5 hours for a round-trip.
Cumulative Elevation: 790 ft.