Day Hikes in Sedona, Arizona
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
© Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.
Trail was lovely with a nice mix of red rock and sandy path terrain. The best views are at the end of the trail, just beyond the 'trail's end' sign to the right. Here you'll enjoy spectacular vistas from the rim of a tall red rock formation. The trail is relatively crowded--at least in mid-march. Water supply and good hiking shoes are a must. Trail is mostly flat and easy with occassional patches of steep terrain.
Fun, scenic trail. Must climb the rocks at the end for great veiw back across the canyon. Shady, and lots of places to rest. Take a lunch, and enjoy.
Very fun trip. From the trail head to the very end is 3.7 miles according to our GPS. The trail head is at N34.91002 W111.84939 and the very end is at N34.92408 W111.87831. Totally worth the trip. We took our girls (4 and 6) and they made it in and out with no problems though the 4 year old was getting a little tired by the end. The foliage changes several times along the trail and goes from desert all the way to pine forest. The end is definitely worth it.
The Boynton Canyon trail is a memorable hike up a beautiful canyon once you get past the first mile. The first mile of the trail climbs on a ridge over the Enchantment resort - a huge sprawling complex of buildings that choke the entrance to the canyon. My wife and I were a bit put off by the resorts signs on the trail that said hikers must remain on the trail and not to even thing about walking through the resort to the trailhead. There was also a mention of armed guards and video cameras! But once past the resort, the magic of red rock country reappeared and we were very pleased with the hike. The trail is mostly level until the end where you cross a wash and then start to climb to the top of a low ridge. Be sure to finish the "climbing" section at the end of the trail, because the views from the ridge are magnificent and folks have built a "cairns garden" on the exposed rock. Also, be sure to have more then half your water supply left at the turnaround because the last mile before reaching the trailhead (going by the resort again) is mostly shadeless.
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