Canyoneering Route Description

Secret Canyon - 3A II(III)
Lake Mead Nat. Rec. Area, Arizona.

Quick Facts

12-14-13, 8 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 5 hours) Pictures Icon Exit option 2 and spend time soaking in hot pools.
02-09-19, 3 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 5.5 hours)  Exit option 1 and explored drainages south.

Time Required - 3 to 4 hours
Distance for exit option one - 2.6 miles Total, 0.2 miles Technical
Distance for exit option two - 3.0 miles Total, 0.2 miles Technical
Rappels - 2 Rappels, Longest Rappel 70 feet.
Elevation Range - 680 - 1310 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 70 feet and 20 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  Ascenders and the knowledge to use them.  Most people will want to use exit option 1. 

General Comments

Secret Canyon is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River but the closest city area is Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas Area.

Secret canyon is a good half day fun route with minimal technical commitment but does require ascending out of the canyon. The majority of the route is through easy to travel desert washes. The technical section is about 1200 feet long. 

The last 100 or 150 feet might have hot springs water flowing or may not.  In that last section of canyon what you find can differ depending on what happens to this area. You may find easy scrambles all the way out to the river or you may find a couple pools of water (some hot some cold). On our visit in 2013 the gravel had been washed out (or maybe dug out by someone) where we had an enjoyable soak in a deep pool of hot water worth relaxing in for quite some time. Just down canyon was a large very cold pool of river water we had to swim to get out to where we could get to the river. On our return in 2019, gravel had filled in the pools leaving an easy walk over everything we had seen in the past making access to the river a casual stroll but no hot pools to enjoy.

While there are some downclimbs on the first part of the approach, I do not label the approach as technical. Even though some people may need a rope for one of the downclimbs, the whole section is optional as you can simply follow the exit route to bypass the downclimb entry option. See the map for a better idea.

There are two exit options for the lower portion of Secret Canyon.
Exit option 1 is to leave ropes fixed at both anchors and ascend back up the ropes. If using this exit option, be sure to evaluate any downclimbs you go down to be sure you can get back up them to the ropes you intend to ascend.  Ascending the ropes for this exit option is a lot easier than exit option 2 and most people will prefer exit option 1.

Exit option 2 is to ascend up rap 2 (or bypass rap 2 by scrambling around it) then scramble up a chute between raps 1 and 2 to exit the canyon then follow VERY rugged terrain and steep scree slopes up to an old road that winds its way back down into the upper wash of Secret Canyon. Portions of this exit are rugged and steep, so care must be taken to travel safely. The old road on exit option 2 has some equipment and foundations to look at which may be of interest to those who like such things.

Both exit options rejoin in the wash above the technical section where you then follow part way up the main wash to a side wash which is then followed out to avoid the need to upclimb the original approach.

Thanks to Rick Ianniello for publishing this route. This and other routes in the area can be found in his book "Las Vegas Slots". 

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

From Boulder City, Nevada, drive south on Highway 93 towards Hoover Dam. After crossing Hoover Dam into Arizona, take Exit 2 (Kingman Wash Road). Turn right then immediately turn right again to drive north on the frontage road. Drive the frontage road for about 400 feet to a huge dirt parking area on the left (west) side of the road (tKingmanWash) and park there.

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

No exit vehicle is needed.  This is done as a loop route.

Maps

GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom.  For information about waypoint naming and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

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Map of the entire route.
Map of the technical section.
Map overview with route arrows and options.

Details

The Approach:
From the parking spot (tKingmanWash) walk southwest down the gravel slope about 30 feet then turn left and walk south about 200 feet to where a tunnel travels under the road.

Where the tunnel travels under the road (Secret01), follow the wash leading down to the south then west away from the tunnel.

About 450 feet farther a minor wash drops in (Secret02) from the left (south). Continue down the wash west then northwest.

About 200 feet farther the dirt bank on the LDC (west) side is only about 10 feet tall (Secret03) and is where the exit route will drop back into this wash.
On the way in to Secret Canyon, continue north down the wash.

About 400 feet farther is a series of easy scramble / downclimbs (Secret04). The 4th one is about 15 feet.

About 400 feet farther is a moderately difficult downclimb (Secret05) of about 15 feet. Optionally can rappel from a bolted hanger on the LDC side.

About 120 feet farther is a short easy downclimb (Secret06) to get down to a pool to straddle over. This is just before the canyon opens up to wide wash.

About 450 feet farther is a downclimb (Secret07) of about 6 feet followed by a walk thorough narrow slot of almost 400 feet long.

About 500 feet farther is a side drainage (Secret08) drops in from the right (north) about 100 feet after exiting the walkthrough slot.

About 900 feet farther is a confluence where two washes join (Secret09Jct).
To continue down to Secret Canyon, follow the wash west downstream.  Remember this spot since you will be going up the wash to the south on your exit from Secret Canyon.

Shortly down canyon is the start of (Secret10) another narrows and a series of short easy downclimbs.

About 0.2 miles farther an old road drops down to the wash (Secret11Jct) on the RDC (north) side but may go un-noticed if you are not looking for it.  If you choose exit option 2, that old road is what you will be on to get back to the wash.  Continue down the main wash to Secret Canyon.

About 750 feet farther is a scrambling section (Secret12) to an easy downclimb of about 6 feet then a walk through slot about 80 feet long.

About 1000 feet farther is the top entry of Secret Canyon (ySecretTp). This is where the canyon gets deeper and begins to close in more consistently.

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
Shortly into the entry narrows (ySecretTp) are 2 downclimbs of about 4 feet each followed by a 12 foot slightly sloped downclimb.

Note/Warning: Be sure to evaluate this 12 foot drop to see if you can climb back up it. If you intend to exit out of Secret Canyon by ascending back up the raps, you will also need to get back up this drop. The upclimb is moderately challenging and may be difficult for those not used to upclimbing.

About 300 feet farther a side drainage joins (Secret13) in on the RDC (north) side at the apex of a sharp left hand bend as the walls widen to more open wash.

About 275 feet farther is a wide ravine (Secret14) going up out of the wash on the RDC (north) side.  Continue down the main wash.

About 200 feet farther is rap 1.

Rap 1 (dSecretR1) is anchored LDC from 2 bolted hangers and drops alongside a huge overhanging boulder and drops about 70 feet down a smooth vertical wall. Down canyon of rap 1 are a couple of short downclimbs over boulders before reaching rap 2.

Between raps 1 and 2 are some boulders to downclimb through.  About 45 feet down canyon of those boulders is a side chute (Secret15) going steeply up out of the wash on the RDC (north) side.  That chute is what you would climb up if you decide on exit option 2.  Continue down the main wash about 100 feet to go to rap 2.

Rap 2 (dSecretR2) is anchored RDC from a single bolted hanger and 2 very large very old eye bolts and drops about 25 feet down into warm spring water. Optionally you can bypass by downclimbing along the ledges on the RDC (north) side. The ledges on the RDC side are intimidating looking from the top and can be tricky. However, the ledges are much easier to climb coming back up. The suggestion is to rappel down and scramble the ledges back up.

After rap 2 are a few short downclimbs through hot springs water eventually leading to the Colorado River.

Note: Depending on what happens to this area you may find easy scrambles all the way out to the river or you may find a couple pools of water (some hot some cold). On our visit in 2013 the gravel had been washed out (or maybe dug out by someone) where we had an enjoyable soak in a deep pool of hot water (Secret16) worth relaxing in for quite some time. Just down canyon was a large very cold pool of river water we had to swim to get out to where we could get to the river. On our return in 2019, gravel had filled in the pools leaving an easy walk over everything we had seen in the past making access to the river a casual stroll.

When you get to the Colorado River, you have reached the end of the canyon (ySecretBt).

The Exit:
From the end of the canyon (ySecretBt) turn around and go back up canyon to rap 2.

Upclimb the ledges on the north side wall to bypass to the top of rap 2 (dSecretR2).  The ledges are easier to scramble on the way up will likely be easier than trying to ascend a fixed rope.

About 100 feet up canyon of rap 2 and about 45 feet down canyon of some boulders is a steep chute on the LUC (north) side.  This is where you decide to use exit option 1 or exit option 2.

Example Pic. To use exit option 2 upclimb the steep chute.
To use exit option 1 continue up the main wash to the bottom of rap 1.

Exit Option 1:  Re-ascend the canyon
Continue up the main canyon to the bottom of rap 1.  Ascend the rope you left at the anchors for rap 1.  You did bring ascending gear right?

Once at the top of rap 1 (dSecretR1) continue up the main canyon about 700 feet to the head of the canyon (ySecretTp).

Continue up the main wash for about 0.6 miles to the wide wash joining in on the RUC (south) side (Secret09Jct).  This is the large wash that will be followed out instead of going up the main wash you came in on during the approach.

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Exit Option 2:  Rugged optional route
Climb up the steep chute (Secret15) starting with a class 4 scramble of about 15 feet to get up into the chute. The chute then offers easy scrambling up from there.

About 350 feet farther the Chute tops out (Secret17). Route find your way north over to where you can begin to drop down the slope farther north. The terrain is steep and rugged, so be careful not to slip.

About 130 feet farther drop down the slope (Secret18) and route find your way along various ledges and north toward a scree slope with a lot of metal junk strung all over it. As you get closer to the scree slope, stay high to follow a series of ledges with a couple sketchy spots to traverse.

About 300 feet farther you will be on the scree pile (Secret19), turn right (east) and work your way up the steep loose scree slope. Go a little over 100 feet up the scree slope to a small saddle. Lots of old junk here to enjoy looking at.

From the small saddle (Secret20) turn right (southeast) to leave the scree slope and scramble your way up a ravine to avoid the very steep, very loose upper portions of the scree slope above.

At the top of the ravine is a saddle (Secret21), turn left (east) and go up a short section of class 4 scrambling to get onto a ridge. Then veer left and follow the ridge almost 400 feet northeast up to a large flat area.

The large flat area (Secret22) is the end of an old road.  Walk north and follow an old graded road.

About 0.25 miles farther the road makes a sharp bend (Secret23) to the right (southeast).

About 700 feet farther the road tops out (Secret24). Follow it southeast as it begins to drop down to Secret Canyon upper wash.

About 0.25 miles farther the old road drops into the main wash (Secret11Jct).  Turn left and follow up the wash to the northeast.

About 1000 feet up the main wash is a wide wash joining in on the RUC (south) side (Secret09Jct).  This is the large wash that will be followed out instead of going up the main wash you came in on during the approach.

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Continuation of Exit after options 1 or 2:
From the large wash joining in on the RUC (south) side (Secret09Jct) follow up the wash going up to the south.

About 0.22 miles up the wash is an old road easily missed (Secret25).  Leave the wash on the LUC (north) side and travel east up the old road. The road is right at the up canyon end of a section of yellow rock.

Note:
The road may be overlooked but the very prominent yellow rock section is a very good landmark. Leave the wash and go up to the old road where you will find some of the pavement in good shape. Follow the road up to the east.

About 900 feet farther is a saddle where the old road tops out (Secret26). Follow the old road east about 175 feet down to the wash used for the approach.

Once back in the main wash used for the approach (Secret03) turn right and walk south then west reversing the approach route about 0.2 miles back to the cars (tKingmanWash).

GPS Waypoint Information

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If you want to avoid manually adding waypoints into your GPS or mapping software, want the additional routes and tracks or simply want to support the efforts put into BluuGnome, head over to the BG-Gear Store and grab the files that interest you.

Elevations are approximate.  Waypoints with no elevation data will display NaN in place of the elevation.

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

Notes for GPS information:
BEFORE
entering coordinates from this website, please ensure your system (GPS or mapping software) is set to the same datum used here.  Waypoint coordinates are listed with WGS84 datum and in Lat/Lon hddd.ddddd° format.  Entering coordinate information with inconsistent datum's can result in the waypoints being off by hundreds of feet.  It is important to keep this in mind when entering waypoints from any source.

Secret Canyon (1) - Approach
  1. tKingmanWash          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00255   W -114.72436        Elev: 1,310 Feet
    Kingman Wash Trailhead with a huge dirt parking area. To go to Secret Canyon walk southwest down the gravel slope about 30 feet then turn left and walk south about 200 feet to where a tunnel travels under the road.
  2. Secret01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00207   W -114.72417        Elev: NaN Feet
    Tunnel travels under the road. Travel the wash leading down to the south then west away from the tunnel.
  3. Secret02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00161   W -114.72522        Elev: NaN Feet
    Minor wash drops in from the left (south). Continue down the wash west then northwest.
  4. Secret03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00198   W -114.72557        Elev: NaN Feet
    The dirt bank on the LDC (west) side is only about 10 feet tall and is where the exit route will drop back into this wash. On the way in to Secret Canyon, continue north down the wash. On the exit out from Secret Canyon, drop down the dirt bank into the wash, turn right and walk south then west reversing the approach route back to the cars.
  5. Secret04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00300   W -114.72603        Elev: NaN Feet
    Series of easy scramble / downclimbs. The 4th one is about 15 feet.
  6. Secret05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00392   W -114.72630        Elev: NaN Feet
    Moderately difficult downclimb of about 15 feet. Optionally can rappel from a bolted hanger on the LDC side.
  7. Secret06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00422   W -114.72650        Elev: NaN Feet
    Short easy downclimb to get down to a pool to stradle over. This is just before the canyon opens up to wide wash.
  8. Secret07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00460   W -114.72765        Elev: NaN Feet
    Downclimb of about 6 feet followed by a walk thorough narrow slot of almost 400 feet long.
  9. Secret08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00464   W -114.72916        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side drainage drops in from the right (north) about 100 feet after exiting the walkthrough slot.
  10. Secret09Jct          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00384   W -114.73210        Elev: 1,030 Feet
    Confluence where two washes join. To continue down to Secret Canyon, follow the wash west downstream. To exit out from Secret Canyon follow up the wash going up to the south.
  11. Secret10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00379   W -114.73254        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of another narrows and a series of short easy downclimbs.
  12. Secret11Jct          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00296   W -114.73535        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom end of an old road dropping down from the north side. To continue down to Secret Canyon, continue west down the wash. To exit out from Secret Canyon follow up the wash to the northeast.
  13. Secret12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00194   W -114.73674        Elev: NaN Feet
    Scrambling section to an easy downclimb of about 6 feet then a walk through slot about 80 feet long.
  14. ySecretTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99983   W -114.73781        Elev: 890 Feet
    Top entry of Secret Canyon. This is where the canyon gets deeper and begins to close in more consistently. Shortly into this narrows are 2 downclimbs of about 4 feet each followed by a 12 foot slightly sloped downclimb. Note/Warning: Be sure to evaluate this 12 foot drop to see if you can climb back up it. If you intend to exit out of Secret Canyon by ascending back up the raps, you will also need to get back up this drop. The upclimb is moderately challenging and may be difficult for those not used to upclimbing. Note: There are cairns marking a route up out of the wash on the LDC (south) side. Following those cairns leads up to well used animal trails that can be followed south over to other drainages.
Secret Canyon (2) - The Canyon
  1. ySecretTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99983   W -114.73781        Elev: 890 Feet
    Top entry of Secret Canyon. This is where the canyon gets deeper and begins to close in more consistently. Shortly into this narrows are 2 downclimbs of about 4 feet each followed by a 12 foot slightly sloped downclimb. Note/Warning: Be sure to evaluate this 12 foot drop to see if you can climb back up it. If you intend to exit out of Secret Canyon by ascending back up the raps, you will also need to get back up this drop. The upclimb is moderately challenging and may be difficult for those not used to upclimbing. Note: There are cairns marking a route up out of the wash on the LDC (south) side. Following those cairns leads up to well used animal trails that can be followed south over to other drainages.
  2. Secret13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00021   W -114.73848        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side drainage joins in on the RDC (north) side at the apex of a sharp left hand bend as the walls widen to more open wash.
  3. Secret14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99975   W -114.73914        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide ravine going up out of the wash on the RDC (north) side.
  4. dSecretR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99931   W -114.73952        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Secret Canyon. Anchored LDC from 2 bolted hangers and drops alongside a huge overhanging boulder and drops about 70 feet down a smooth vertical wall. Down canyon of rap 1 are a couple of short downclimbs over boulders before reaching rap 2.
  5. Secret15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99943   W -114.73996        Elev: NaN Feet
    Chute on the RDC (north) side that can be used an an alternate exit. The chute is about 45 feet down canyon of some boulders to scramble over and about 100 feet up canyon of rap 2. Navigation Aid, Alternate Exit: If following the alternate exit from Secret Canyon you will need to go up the chute starting with a class 4 scramble of about 15 feet to get up into the chute. The chute then offers easy scrambling up from there.
  6. dSecretR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99953   W -114.74028        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Secret Canyon, anchored RDC from a single bolted hanger and 2 very large very old eye bolts and drops about 25 feet down into warm spring water. Optionally you can bypass by downclimbing along the ledges on the RDC (north) side. The ledges on the RDC side are intimidating looking from the top and can be tricky. However, the ledges are much easier to climb coming back up. The suggestion is to rappel down and scramble the ledges back up.
  7. Secret16          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99943   W -114.74049        Elev: NaN Feet
    After rap 2 are a few short downclimbs through hot springs water eventually leading to the Colorado River. Note: Depending on what happens to this area you may find easy scrambles all the way out to the river or you may find a couple pools of water (some hot some cold). On our visit in 2013 the gravel had been washed out (or maybe dug out by someone) where we had an enjoyable soak in a deep pool of hot water worth relaxing in for quite some time. Just down canyon was a large very cold pool of river water we had to swim to get out to where we could get to the river. On our return in 2019, gravel had filled in the pools leaving an easy walk over everything we had seen in the past making access to the river a casual stroll.
  8. ySecretBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99922   W -114.74081        Elev: 685 Feet
    Bottom of Secret canyon where it dumps out into Black Canyon and the Colorado River.
Secret Canyon (3) - Exit Option 1
  1. ySecretBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99922   W -114.74081        Elev: 685 Feet
    Bottom of Secret canyon where it dumps out into Black Canyon and the Colorado River.
  2. dSecretR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99953   W -114.74028        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Secret Canyon, anchored RDC from a single bolted hanger and 2 very large very old eye bolts and drops about 25 feet down into warm spring water. Optionally you can bypass by downclimbing along the ledges on the RDC (north) side. The ledges on the RDC side are intimidating looking from the top and can be tricky. However, the ledges are much easier to climb coming back up. The suggestion is to rappel down and scramble the ledges back up.
  3. Secret15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99943   W -114.73996        Elev: NaN Feet
    Chute on the RDC (north) side that can be used an an alternate exit. The chute is about 45 feet down canyon of some boulders to scramble over and about 100 feet up canyon of rap 2. Navigation Aid, Alternate Exit: If following the alternate exit from Secret Canyon you will need to go up the chute starting with a class 4 scramble of about 15 feet to get up into the chute. The chute then offers easy scrambling up from there.
  4. dSecretR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99931   W -114.73952        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Secret Canyon. Anchored LDC from 2 bolted hangers and drops alongside a huge overhanging boulder and drops about 70 feet down a smooth vertical wall. Down canyon of rap 1 are a couple of short downclimbs over boulders before reaching rap 2.
  5. Secret14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99975   W -114.73914        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide ravine going up out of the wash on the RDC (north) side.
  6. Secret13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00021   W -114.73848        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side drainage joins in on the RDC (north) side at the apex of a sharp left hand bend as the walls widen to more open wash.
  7. ySecretTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99983   W -114.73781        Elev: 890 Feet
    Top entry of Secret Canyon. This is where the canyon gets deeper and begins to close in more consistently. Shortly into this narrows are 2 downclimbs of about 4 feet each followed by a 12 foot slightly sloped downclimb. Note/Warning: Be sure to evaluate this 12 foot drop to see if you can climb back up it. If you intend to exit out of Secret Canyon by ascending back up the raps, you will also need to get back up this drop. The upclimb is moderately challenging and may be difficult for those not used to upclimbing. Note: There are cairns marking a route up out of the wash on the LDC (south) side. Following those cairns leads up to well used animal trails that can be followed south over to other drainages.
  8. Secret12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00194   W -114.73674        Elev: NaN Feet
    Scrambling section to an easy downclimb of about 6 feet then a walk through slot about 80 feet long.
  9. Secret11Jct          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00296   W -114.73535        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom end of an old road dropping down from the north side. To continue down to Secret Canyon, continue west down the wash. To exit out from Secret Canyon follow up the wash to the northeast.
  10. Secret10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00379   W -114.73254        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of another narrows and a series of short easy downclimbs.
  11. Secret09Jct          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00384   W -114.73210        Elev: 1,030 Feet
    Confluence where two washes join. To continue down to Secret Canyon, follow the wash west downstream. To exit out from Secret Canyon follow up the wash going up to the south.
Secret Canyon (4) - Exit Option 2
  1. ySecretBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99922   W -114.74081        Elev: 685 Feet
    Bottom of Secret canyon where it dumps out into Black Canyon and the Colorado River.
  2. Secret16          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99943   W -114.74049        Elev: NaN Feet
    After rap 2 are a few short downclimbs through hot springs water eventually leading to the Colorado River. Note: Depending on what happens to this area you may find easy scrambles all the way out to the river or you may find a couple pools of water (some hot some cold). On our visit in 2013 the gravel had been washed out (or maybe dug out by someone) where we had an enjoyable soak in a deep pool of hot water worth relaxing in for quite some time. Just down canyon was a large very cold pool of river water we had to swim to get out to where we could get to the river. On our return in 2019, gravel had filled in the pools leaving an easy walk over everything we had seen in the past making access to the river a casual stroll.
  3. dSecretR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99953   W -114.74028        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Secret Canyon, anchored RDC from a single bolted hanger and 2 very large very old eye bolts and drops about 25 feet down into warm spring water. Optionally you can bypass by downclimbing along the ledges on the RDC (north) side. The ledges on the RDC side are intimidating looking from the top and can be tricky. However, the ledges are much easier to climb coming back up. The suggestion is to rappel down and scramble the ledges back up.
  4. Secret15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 35.99943   W -114.73996        Elev: NaN Feet
    Chute on the RDC (north) side that can be used an an alternate exit. The chute is about 45 feet down canyon of some boulders to scramble over and about 100 feet up canyon of rap 2. Navigation Aid, Alternate Exit: If following the alternate exit from Secret Canyon you will need to go up the chute starting with a class 4 scramble of about 15 feet to get up into the chute. The chute then offers easy scrambling up from there.
  5. Secret17          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00031   W -114.74048        Elev: NaN Feet
    Chute tops out. Route find your way north over to where you can begin to drop down the slope farther north. The terrain is steep and rugged, so be careful not to slip.
  6. Secret18          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00066   W -114.74061        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop down the slope and route find your way along various ledges and north toward a scree slope with a lot of metal junk strung all over it. As you get closer to the scree slope, stay high to follow a series of ledges with a couple sketchy spots to traverse.
  7. Secret19          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00146   W -114.74061        Elev: NaN Feet
    Once on the steep scree pile, turn right (east) and work your way up the steep loose scree slope. Go a little over 100 feet up the scree slope to a small saddle. Lots of old junk here to enjoy looking at.
  8. Secret20          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00162   W -114.74028        Elev: NaN Feet
    Small saddle part way up the scree slope, Turn right (southeast) to leave the scree slope and scramble your way up a ravine to avoid the very steep, very loose upper portions of the scree slope above.
  9. Secret21          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00090   W -114.73994        Elev: NaN Feet
    Saddle at the top of the ravine. Turn left (east) and go up a short section of class 4 scrambling to get onto a ridge. Then veer left and follow the ridge almost 400 feet northeast up to a large flat area.
  10. Secret22          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00184   W -114.73929        Elev: 1,065 Feet
    Up on large flat graded area. Walk north and follow an old graded road.
  11. Secret23          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00522   W -114.74028        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road makes a sharp bend to the right (southeast).
  12. Secret24          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00372   W -114.73884        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road tops out. Follow it southeast as it begins to drop down to Secret Canyon upper wash.
  13. Secret11Jct          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00296   W -114.73535        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom end of an old road dropping down from the north side. To continue down to Secret Canyon, continue west down the wash. To exit out from Secret Canyon follow up the wash to the northeast.
  14. Secret10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00379   W -114.73254        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of another narrows and a series of short easy downclimbs.
  15. Secret09Jct          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00384   W -114.73210        Elev: 1,030 Feet
    Confluence where two washes join. To continue down to Secret Canyon, follow the wash west downstream. To exit out from Secret Canyon follow up the wash going up to the south.
Secret Canyon (5) - Continuation of Exit
  1. Secret09Jct          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00384   W -114.73210        Elev: 1,030 Feet
    Confluence where two washes join. To continue down to Secret Canyon, follow the wash west downstream. To exit out from Secret Canyon follow up the wash going up to the south.
  2. Secret25          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00190   W -114.72940        Elev: NaN Feet
    Old road easily missed. Leave the wash on the LUC (north) side and travel east up the old road. The road is right at the up canyon end of a section of yellow rock. The road may be overlooked but the very prominent yellow rock section is a very good landmark. Leave the wash and go up to the old road where you will find some of the pavement in good shape. Follow the road up to the east.
  3. Secret26          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00195   W -114.72617        Elev: 1,290 Feet
    Saddle where the old road tops out. Follow the old road east about 175 feet down to the wash used for the approach.
  4. Secret03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00198   W -114.72557        Elev: NaN Feet
    The dirt bank on the LDC (west) side is only about 10 feet tall and is where the exit route will drop back into this wash. On the way in to Secret Canyon, continue north down the wash. On the exit out from Secret Canyon, drop down the dirt bank into the wash, turn right and walk south then west reversing the approach route back to the cars.
  5. Secret02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00161   W -114.72522        Elev: NaN Feet
    Minor wash drops in from the left (south). Continue down the wash west then northwest.
  6. Secret01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00207   W -114.72417        Elev: NaN Feet
    Tunnel travels under the road. Travel the wash leading down to the south then west away from the tunnel.
  7. tKingmanWash          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.00255   W -114.72436        Elev: 1,310 Feet
    Kingman Wash Trailhead with a huge dirt parking area. To go to Secret Canyon walk southwest down the gravel slope about 30 feet then turn left and walk south about 200 feet to where a tunnel travels under the road.