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Sandys Canyon Trail #137Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2020
kingsnake
Hiking9.77 Miles 481 AEG
Hiking9.77 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.62 mph
481 ft AEG
 
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I’ve been to the top of Fisher Point before, and it has beautiful views of Walnut Canyon, but this trip I was concentrating on hunting flowers, so I skipped it.

Sandys Canyon Trail #137 had dense patches of several different species of yellow flowers along the side, and middle, of the jeep trail. I spotted white prairie aster, pineywoods geranium, spreading fleabane, velvety goldenrod, showy goldeneye, broom-like ragwort, skyrocket, yellow salsify, Wheeler’s thistle and my favorite, violet-blue Lewis flax.

From Fisher Point to where I turned around in Walnut Canyon, the flowers I spotted included sulphur buckwheat, cliff-rose, western yarrow, common sunflower, field bindweed, mexican elderberry, and virgin's bower. I saw quite a few of a wild yellow-tipped pink flower, each covered in bees, that I later learned is the appropriately named “bee spiderflower”. There were tons of thicket globemallow (aka Fendler’s globemallow) and skyrocket. (One patch of skyrocket was so large, I marked it on my GPS route.)

The singletrack through Walnut Canyon is more up & down, but nothing major. Rolling. There are lots of leafy deciduous trees, but also some massively thick pine. Plenty of brush, which the trail avoids. The trail peters out at the (R) symbol on my GPS route. @joebartels and @the_eagle were able to follow the trail another six miles back in 2013: [ photoset ] and [ photoset ] . I did not feel like doing 20+ miles, so I turned around.

On the way down Sandys Canyon and Walnut Canyon, my 💩y Garmin 62S had kept a fairly accurate track, but on the way back — over the same route — it started going bonkers. At one point, it claimed I was 150 yds. away, up a 300 ft. cliff!

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/466154515
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