Photo: Josh Marks

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Red Rock - Secret Mountain Trek (Coming Soon)

Highlights

  • Guides Choice backpacking trip in Sedona
  • Heart of Sedona's stunning Red Rock Country
  • Extremely diverse wilderness
  • Soaring sandstone cliffs
  • Spring-fed creeks
  • Amazing Vultee Arch (conditions permitting)
  • Hiking in the footsteps of ancient peoples
  • The clearest night sky you've ever seen

Description

Available from September 1st through February 28, our Red Rock - Secret Mountain backpacking tour is our signature Sedona backpacking trip and justifiably our most popular. It takes us through multiple, pristine canyons and over high ridges with excellent vistas as we explore the heart of Sedona’s Red Rock Canyon Country. We’ll hike in the shadows of Lost Wilson, Maroon, and Secret Mountains (all iconic Sedona peaks), and along cliffs that tower 1000+ feet above us. Vultee Arch, a stunning natural arch, provides a memorable side hike on Day 1 before we head deep into the canyon country.
As we hike, you'll learn about about the history of the indigenous tribes that once called these canyons and rock formations home; you’ll see more than a few of the 300+ native bird species in the area; and you'll experience intimately why this region is a world famous destination. To say this trip inspires wonder and appreciation for nature would be an understatement - it is an adventurous journey into a stunning, pristine landscape that you'll never forget.

Join us as we explore the depths of Sedona’s beauty and wonder on our Red Rock - Secret Mountain backpacking tour. Give us a call today at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request more information or book a spot on this trip!
Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District.


Please note: We are waiting for official approval from the Forest Service to begin running these trips (we have verbal confirmation but not official approval.) Unfortunately these trips cannot run until we have approval.
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

Photos of this Trip

Photos: Josh Marks

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to the trailhead: 45 minutes Hiking Mileage: 8.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1150 feet
Elevation Loss: 550 feet


This multi-day Sedona backpacking trip begins on a quintessential Sedona trail that provides some of the best panoramic views of the iconic Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness (a classic Sedona landscape). After several miles of canyon hiking from the trailhead, we'll traverse a short section of a remote, rarely traveled 4x4 road. Our route then takes us near the base of Lost Wilson Mountain, behind which lies Vultee Arch.

We'll set up camp in a charming forest of Cypress, Oak and Manzanita trees along a spring-fed creek, then day hike to amazing Vultee Arch (optional). After taking our time at the arch to snap photos and have a snack, we'll return to camp. Our first day ends with good food, amazing views, and the anticipation of things to come as we drift into a much-deserved sleep.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 5.75 miles
Elevation Gain: 825 feet
Elevation Loss: 600 feet


On Day 2 we'll enjoy a relaxing morning and big breakfast, before breaking camp and hiking up a serene canyon bottom with a wonderful high desert creek. This section is relatively rugged with logs, rocky trails, and creek crossing. Just off ­trail, narrow side canyons disappear behind cliffs and invite us to explore their enticing mysteries. At the head of the valley we reach a new trail and enjoy amazing views in every direction as we descend into Secret Canyon, the longest and least explored drainage of this vast area. We soon find ourselves hiking at a higher elevation and in the welcome shade of Ponderosa and Fir trees. After another two miles we'll pitch our tents next to a pristine creek, enjoy another delicious dinner, and end our day with an enjoyable moon-lit or star-lit stroll along the creek.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 620 feet
Shuttle to Sedona: 45 minutes


On our final day we follow beautiful Secret Canyon out of the wilderness. This canyon holds water most of the year and there’s a chance we may spot deer or javelina crossing the trail in front of us. Beautiful red rock buttes and spires greet us just after exiting the canyon. We’ll pass by the east face of Maroon Mountain and eventually return to our starting point. A short drive takes us back to Sedona and the conclusion of our amazing 3 day adventure!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles and Microspike Crampons if necessary (in winter)
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Sedona hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Sedona, Arizona to the trailhead and back
  • National Forest recreation passes
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

This trip originates in Sedona. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation, which will be at 5:00 PM at a hotel in Sedona. We're happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're staying at one of our recommended hotels. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Sedona Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Sedona at an agreed upon time.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Sedona backpacking trips is 5 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 6 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Sedona

Sedona is at 4500 feet elevation, which is considered high desert. It tends to be the most comfortable in Spring and Fall, but Summer and Winter are not extreme and are still great times to hike Sedona. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in the Sedona area:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Low
Hi
 
 
January
33°
58°
 
 
February
35°
61°
 
 
March
38°
66°
 
 
April
44°
74°
 
 
May
52°
84°
 
 
June
60°
93°
 
 
July
66°
96°
 
 
August
65°
94°
 
 
September
60°
88°
 
 
October
50°
78°
 
 
November
39°
66°
 
 
December
32°
57°