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Fay Canyon Trail, AZ
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Fay Canyon Trail, AZ 
Fay Canyon Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 13 2015
Barrett
Hiking2.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.67 mph
800 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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There was still plenty of daylight left, so I decided to push on, completing the grueling 1 mile paved drive over to the Fay Canyon Trailhead in what seemed like minutes. The weather was still cool and breezy, with only a few cars in the parking lot. Whenever possible, do anything on a weekday.
I spotted the arch on the way in, but wanted to check out the whole trail. The views were obscured most of the time by foliage, but when it opened up the red rock features were excellent. On Google Earth this canyon looks like maybe the wildest in Sedona, but on this trip I was sticking to the path. Maybe another day.
The end of maintained trail occurs at the convergence of two drainages, with a huge formation shaped like a saddle horn. Car sized boulders sat at the bottom, but clean red rock allowed further access. Looking at my watch, I decided to head back.
Cairns marked the trail up to the huge arch, a moderately steep scramble that's easy to follow. I had the place to myself for a while, checking it out, along with the fake "ruins", and best of all, some wicked sandstone erosion right next door.
Satisfied, I headed down just as a group of four made their way up. All in all, a great hike. Whether or not further exploration would be red rock bliss or plagued by foliage is unknown.
Next time.
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Fay Canyon Arch
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