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Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2014
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Hiking7.14 Miles 802 AEG
Hiking7.14 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.22 mph
802 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I've been doing a few "old favorites" hikes lately, and haven't been to Boynton Canyon in a few years. It's easy to get to, it's an easy hike, and the scenery is fantastic, so off I went!

Get in the truck at 5am today, open the glove box to make sure my red rock pass is still there and ----! It expired last month! I wanted to get an early start before the sun came up and it got warm so I figured I'll just get a day pass and not worry about it. Get to the trailhead and there's a note taped to the machine: Fee free weekend in observance of Columbus Day. :D The day can only get better.

Get on the trail about 6:40 with temps in the high 40's. Absolutely perfect. The sun is just peeking over the rocks and the air couldn't have been more still. A picture perfect fall day. Right past the resort I hear something in the brush up ahead and then I see them: a couple of deer. Looked like an adult and a juvenile. I tried to get a few pics but they stayed behind some brush as they wandered away.

Continued on to the end of the trail. Only saw one other hiker on the way in. The way back out was a different story; maybe 20 people. Glad I got an early start on this holiday. On my way back out something catches my eye: a couple more deer! This time two adults were across a small clearing so I got my camera (err... phone) out and started snapping away. I crept behind them for about 200 feet while they were munching away on berries before they got too far off the trail for me to want to follow. About 10 years ago I saw one deer along this trail, but it took off before I could move. Had much better luck this time!

This is why I keep looking past the resort and hike this trail over and over... I've never been disappointed by Boynton Canyon.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
The leaves here are just starting to turn from green to yellow. I'd say give this trail a try in another one to two weeks for better color.
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