Phoenix: Loy Canyon Trail

Hike through a variety of Arizona vegetation to a Native American ruin and a classic red-rock rim on this 8.4-mile out-and-back trip in black bear country.
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Hike through a variety of Arizona vegetation to a Native American ruin and a classic red-rock rim on this 8.4-mile out-and-back trip in black bear country.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.8

Waypoints

LCT001

Location: 34.9323768615723, -111.924621582031

Trailhead; sharp L, then follow green signs marking .5-mile passage through Hancock Ranch property

LCT002

Location: 34.9373474121094, -111.925224304199

Cross dry wash; trail parallels red-rock cliffs

LCT003

Location: 34.9390487670898, -111.924613952637

Look L for Native American ruin in an alcove in the cliff face

LCT004

Location: 34.9502334594727, -111.925315856934

Trail climbs to R, away from the red-rock cliffs

LCT005

Location: 34.9536361694336, -111.923675537109

Small grove of alligator juniper provides a restful refuge between canyon walls

LCT006

Location: 34.9570732116699, -111.923545837402

Gaps in trees reveal impressive views of Mogollon Rim at head of canyon

LCT007

Location: 34.9610481262207, -111.922470092773

Wide views of red-rock canyon walls and the rim ahead

LCT008

Location: 34.968864440918, -111.916999816895

Cairn marks a niche in a rock buttress that offers a comfortable seat with shade and shelter from summer monsoons

LCT009

Location: 34.9733810424805, -111.914459228516

Trail rises, becoming harder to follow under a bed of pine needles

LCT010

Location: 34.9777336120606, -111.906463623047

Canyon walls close in as trail wanders through ponderosa pine forest

LCT011

Location: 34.9772605895996, -111.904457092285

Trail climbs sharply toward rim; return to trailhead