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Long Canyon Trail #122 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2011
fotogirl53
Hiking7.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
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I decided to hike in Sedona for one last time before the heat closes in. I haven't been on the Long Canyon Trail for about 3 years, so I headed down to the trailhead. I got started at about 9:30am with 2 other cars at the trailhead, which is hidden in the trees. The first mile or so is a closed road. Revegetation has occurred and the hike is level and wide. About 1/2 mile in, there is the remnants of a fence to the left. They have tried to divert hikers from the trail that leads toward the cliffs by placing deadwood on the trail. I've always wondered what is up there, so today was the day. One I ran into a New Ager leading a group back down this trail--was there a ruin? Up the trail I went, finding 2 big alcoves. I did a little exploring but decided to head back to Long Canyon.

Back on the trail to the register, signed in, and found that 4 parties had signed in ahead of me. Continueing along the trail, I missed the junction of the Deadman's Pass Trail and the Long Canyon Trail signage. I took a social trail cutoff and missed the signs, landing on Deadman's Pass. I didn't recognize the trail, but, afterall, it had been 3 years and memory is tricky. Well, I ended up hiking the whole Deadman's Pass trail to its end at the Boynton Canyon parking lot! Turned back, hiked back up Deadman's Pass, to the junction with Long Canyon where I found my mistake--second of the day with no power for the GPS! Off I went along Long Canyon about 2 more miles to the area where the tall trees start. At that point, I physically hit the wall. Sat for lunch, drank up, and realized it was 90 degrees. That is too much for a mountain girl like me, so I listened to that inner voice that was telling me to turn back.

I made it back with a good pace despite the heat. I'm guessing at the mileage. the wildflowers are still blooming, with more as the elevation climbs. There was at one time a trail up on the mesa to the right with ruins and 'glyphs in the alcove. My previous photoset shows them. I didn't find the place to go up the mesa, and I'm sure the FS has decided to erase all signs to protect the area. When the weather cools off, I'll go back to get coordinates of the trail up the mesa.
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