Secret Canyon Trail outside of Sedona is a perfect hike for any time of year.
When it's snowy here, it's a dry winter hike. In the summer, there's plenty of refreshing water to keep you cool and in the fall, the colors to inspire you.
Secret Canyon Trail is located in the Secret Mountain Wilderness.
The hike itself is 10 miles with just enough elevation gain to give you a workout, but not enough to make the novice hiker struggle.
The author of "50 Hikes in Arizona" calls this hike, "one of Arizona's best day hikes."
This is also a great one-night backpacking trip. Many of the rustic camping spots sit on spectacular views and are a perfect vantage point for sunset and sunrise.
To get there, take the Beeline Highway north to the intersection of highways 87 and 260. Follow 260 to the junction of I-17 North.
In 11 miles, take AZ 179 exit 298 to Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon. Once in downtown Sedona, head south on Highway 89A for two miles and take a right onto Dry Creek Road. In 2 miles, take a right onto FSR 152 and follow it 3 miles to the trailhead. There is a sign for Secret Canyon. A complete description of the hike and a map are on page 148 of "50 Hikes in Arizona" by Martin Tessmer.