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Loy Canyon Trail #5Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2020
kingsnake
Hiking8.39 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking8.39 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.66 mph
1,064 ft AEG
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Google Maps recommends getting off on AZ-260 in Verde Valley, but then you have to negotiate traffic and a bajillion roundabouts in Cottonwood. Instead, I got off at Cornville Rd., and that went smoothly. My wife dropped me off at the trailhead, then went to explore the Honanki Ruins. (Which has pit toilets.) 🚻

The ranch dog barked at me as I hiked along the Hancock Ranch fence line, so I did not stop to photograph the buildings against Loy Butte. Hancock must not be a working ranch, as I did not detect the presence of any cattle (i.e. no cow pies).

The first ½ mile of Loy Canyon Trail #5 is through typical desert scrub. Despite previous triplogs to the contrary, I found the next 3½ miles, to the foot of the switchbacks, has mostly pretty good shade throughout the day. Just hints of fall color on some of the smaller shrubs. After a dry summer monsoon, flowers were scarce.

The best red rock photos were on the west side of Loy Canyon, partly because the canyon wall is closer to the trail, and partly because the sun is not backlighting it. The trail passed within feet of several interesting rocks, the first a red sandstone alcove, the second a lichen-spotted number at a wash crossing. All the wash crossings were bone dry.

The further the trail goes, the canyon walls start changing from orange- to cream-colored.

At the foot of the switchbacks, I swapped water bottles, then started back down. I figured I'd save the Secret Mountain-top trails for a drive down FR 538 from Flagstaff. On the way back to the trailhead, I took a longer (15 minute) lunch break back at the alcove. No vinegar chips, because for some reason the QT had been out. 😢

On the drive back home, we saw a big, dark, smoke column that from our angle was rising over I-17 at Sunset Point. "Thankfully", rather than being the daily I-17 blockage, it was the Horse Fire, deep in the Bradshaw Mountains. 🔥

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/469547237

(My first new video posted to Vimeo: I've been gradually posting my catalog there, and updating Haz triplogs, as YouTube still has me suspended ...)
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