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Boynton's BackyardSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 04 2016
lwbenso
Backpack9.29 Miles 1,585 AEG
Backpack9.29 Miles   19 Hrs   8 Mns   1.51 mph
1,585 ft AEG   13 Hrs    Break40 LBS Pack
 
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My buddy and I were looking to go out on a quick overnight trip in Sedona for Labor Day and Boynton's Backyard looked like it would fit the bill! My friend is a little new to backpacking so we were just looking for a decent hike with nice views. Well, the views were great! The hike was definitely not a 1 out of 5 on route finding though, more like a 3/4 out of 5. This hike follows the Boynton Canyon trail for the first mile and a half or so. We ended up missing the turn-off and went all the way to the end of the Boynton Canyon trail. We decided to backtrack and look for the turn off so we could do our planned hike. In any case using Route Scout we knew we were in the right general area and just started venturing into a dry creek bed hoping that it would intersect the trail that we were looking for...which it did here and there but the trail was very hard to follow and would disappear or be blocked by overgrown trees and thorny bushes. Trying to find that trail and stay on it was 4/5 bushwacking.

It started to get late and we knew the sun would be setting soon. At the time, we were hiking in the dried creek bed because that was the clearest path we could find up the canyon to where we knew the trail ended up. We started to look for places to camp. Though there were some good flat spots, without bushes, and large enough to support two tents, we fast realized that whenever we stopped we were swarmed by mosquitoes that were breeding in the creek. Not to mention we kept coming across large poops (bears perhaps). I saw a ridge not too far from us and a couple hundred feet up so I decided that we should head for that and see if we could find a clearing (hopefully far enough away that we wouldn't get bitten by mosquitoes). It was very tricky getting up there and somewhat dangerous with the big packs on, but we reached the top of the ridge and setup camp there for the night. Basically ate our freeze dried food and went to sleep around 8:30. Weather was nice, started to get colder at night (~55F) so I bundled up and got comfortable in my sleeping bag.

Woke up with the sunrise and headed down and out. We were actually able to find the official trail going out, and it was a little easier to follow since the day before, but route finding was still difficult.

Since we didn't get hurt I can say the trip was pretty good and beautiful views! *Downside traffic was horrible coming from and going back to Phoenix, bumper to bumper traffic in both directions.
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