Shhhhhh!

Secret Canyon Trail
(14 miles, +500/-3,500 feet).

Recently, BarnFinder introduced me to his friend MixMaster, who is also interested in hiking, and today was our first trip together.  BarnFinder picked a really nice trail in the Pine Creek Wilderness called the Secret Canyon Trail (shhhhhh!).

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Secret Canyon

The trail follows Pine Valley Creek and actually crosses under a beautiful modern bridge for interstate 8.

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Secret bridge

At one point we lost the trail and had to bushwhack for a while through high weeds infested with ticks.  Yuck!  Fortunately, we found the trail again and it soon climbed out of Pine Valley into Secret Canyon.

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BarnFinder takes a break
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MixMaster strikes a pose
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The three new amigos
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Well, I guess it’s not a secret any more….

The end of the hike was uphill and hot, so we spread out a bit.  BarnFinder saw a rattlesnake, but MixMaster and I missed it.

Overall it was a great day and I’m really looking forward to more trips with these guys.

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