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Vista Trail - Boynton, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,529 feet
Elevation Gain 117 feet
Accumulated Gain 117 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.64
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11  2017-04-15
Boynton Canyon Trail #47
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11  2017-01-01
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5  2014-02-02
Mescal Mountain
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20  2012-11-23
Boynton Canyon Trail #47
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5  2012-05-28
Boynton Canyon Trail #47
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7  2012-05-26
Boynton Canyon Trail #47
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58  2012-05-26
Boynton Canyon Trail #47
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Sun  7:33am - 5:44pm
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1,854 ft
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Boynton Canyon Trail #47
Boynton Canyon Trail #47
0.2 mi away
6.2 mi
898 ft
Aerie Trail
0.2 mi away
2.9 mi
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Fay Canyon Trail #53
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Cockscomb Trail - Sedona
Cockscomb Trail - Sedona
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Dawa Trail - Sedona
1.2 mi away
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1.4 mi away
2.6 mi
206 ft
Mescal Mountain
Mescal Mountain
1.4 mi away
3.0 mi
524 ft
Long Canyon Trail #122 - Sedona
Long Canyon Trail #122 - Sedona
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Nice and Easy
by Rodney

When you're in Sedona and feel the need for a warm-up or have some time between major hikes this is a great side trip! This trail leads to one of the four most popular vortices in the Red Rock area. The vortex is on and around the knoll facing the Kachina Woman formation.


Begin the trail at the Boynton Canyon Trailhead. This starts off as a very well-defined trail. It is only a matter of feet before you arrive at the Vista Trail. From here, the trail is easy to follow until you get closer to the Knoll. At this point, it becomes difficult to tell if you're actually on a trail because people have made so many "renegade" paths. Not to worry, though. At this point the area is very wide open and whatever route you choose will obviously get you to your destination. We chose to follow a trail that proceeds around the Knoll to the right and then comes up between the two formations from the other side. As you reach the base of the Knoll, you may be pleasantly surprised that there is such a good view across the canyons to the east.

Once on the Knoll, you can very carefully walk all the way around the perimeter. There is a rather comfortable spot in which to rest behind a dead tree that still clings valiantly to the rock (do not be tempted to use this to pull yourself up as it is very fragile and unstable). You may wish to stay awhile to see if you can "feel the vibes". As evening approached, we proceeded back down the path. As the sun slipped away, the glorious red rocks resisted giving up the light by taking center-stage in an encore performance as if oblivious to the darkness falling all around them.

Rodney
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. Go to Red Rock Pass then check "When is a Red Rock Pass Required?". If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.

Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
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To Boynton Trailhead
From the Sedona 'Y' go Southwest on 89A for 3 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn Right on to Dry Creek Road and follow 2.8 miles to Boynton PASS Road. Turn Left on to Boynton PASS Road and follow 1.5 miles to Boynton CANYON Road. Turn Right on to Boynton CANYON Road and follow a quarter mile to the trailhead parking area on the right. If you go to far you will end up at the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 129 mi - about 2 hours 18 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 234 mi - about 3 hours 46 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 36.2 mi - about 1 hour 1 min
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