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100 Classic Hikes Arizona
by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2015 Scott S. Warren/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
easy trail but it is beautiful, Red rock on both sides of the canyon. nice afternoon stroll.
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.
The scenery and the canyon are beautiful, and the hike itself is a nice easy hike with some short up and downs. The entire experience was marred by the presence of the resort with its mowers, weed-whackers, and vehicles making constant noise. Once past the resort and deeper into the canyon, the trees grew taller and the views of the rock diminished, but it was a much more restful and enjoyable hike.
We had just go back from the Grand Canyon, so this Canyon was nice but small. The trail passes an exclusive resort so the feeling of nature is a bit marred. The trail is flat until the very end and the view is relative to the effort, low. This is good for none hikers and kids.
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