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This is likely a great time to hike this trail!  Check out "Prefered" months below, keep in mind this is an estimate.
Fay Canyon Trail #53, AZ
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 Sedona NW
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,600 feet
Elevation Gain 155 feet
Accumulated Gain 155 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.98
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Ruins
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15  2018-04-07
A day with Fay
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11  2018-04-07 joebartels
4  2018-03-25 carriejane
7  2018-01-29 AZBeaver
29  2017-06-01
Robbers Roost - Sedona
Stoic
10  2017-04-14 eagleloc
1  2016-08-23 emptypockets
6  2015-05-26 RazorbackHiker
4  2015-03-15 Justeen
7  2015-01-28 outdoor_lover
11  2014-08-16 squatpuke
2  2014-04-02 Spiritwalker1952
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Forest Restrictions / Closures Forest Restrictions / Closures Forest Restrictions / Closures
Forest Coconino
Backpack   No
Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:17am - 7:32pm
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Fauna
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Flora
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Coral Bells
Desert Rock Daisy
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Fleabane
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Indian Paintbrush
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Geology
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Fay Canyon
Fay Canyon Arch
Culture
Sinagua Dwelling
trapdoor to heaven
by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
Overview
The Fay Canyon Trail #53 goes just over a mile. The official trail ends at a split of two boxed canyons.

Hike
The trail is wide and easy travel.


A use-trail leads up to the arch at 0.6 mi. Be on the lookout as it blends in until you realize the huge arch. The trek up through scrub terrain gets the heart pumping for only 300 feet of elevation gain. Sinaguan Indians may have built in the area, but the ruins beside the arch are definitely twentieth century. Ten feet from the protruding wall the arch appears flush. It spans over ninety feet only 15 feet max above the ground below.

You reach an end of trail sign at 1.1 miles just before the canyon splits.

It appears popular to explore the west canyon. Probably because it's easy travel. It has a nice towering end but the forest is toast from a fire. East is a treasure trove of exploring. If you find the Fay Pipeline you are close to heaven.

joebartels
  • 2016 Red Rock Map
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    2016 Red Rock Map
  • Fay Canyon Trail #53 Map
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    Fay Canyon Trail #53 Map

Coconino FS Reports Most people come to Fay Canyon to see the natural arch that's located just under a mile up the trail. But those who don't know about it usually walk right past it. Though the Fay Canyon Arch is by no means small, it looks so much like an ordinary rock overhang it's easy to glance right at it and not realize what you've seen. If you keep watching the rock wall to the north (right) side of the trail sooner or later you'll spot it. Then the short, steep trail up to the arch can be a little hard to locate too.

After you've found the arch you may want to continue on up the trail. This small, hidden canyon supports a diverse community of desert plants and provides good views of the surrounding cliffs. The trail follows an old jeep track which eventually turns into a footpath. It dead ends at a red Supai sandstone cliff where you can see evidence of some ancient Indian dwellings and marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.
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.

Permit $$
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
see map for camping restrictions


Directions
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To hike
From the 'Y' in Sedona ( 179/89A ) follow 89A 3.1 miles Southwest to Dry Creek Road. Turn Right and go 2.8 miles to Boynton PASS Road. Turn Left and go 2.7 miles, look for a parking area on the Right. There is a rusty metal sign designating Fay Canyon Trail #53
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