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Fay Canyon Trail #53Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking6.76 Miles 1,556 AEG
Hiking6.76 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   1.50 mph
1,556 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Took an anniversary day trip up to Sedona for a hike with my sweetheart. I was under strict instructions not to choose something not too long or crazy. Fay Canyon seemed to fit the Bill, and I had never done it before.

We arrived at the TH about 10:30. Still several parking slots available. This one understandably attracts a young crowd and is a great kid-friendly hike. But it also offers a little adventure for the non-kids, with an off-trail side trip to Fay’s Arch, and more exploring up canyon beyond the end of the official trail.

We did both. Enjoyed the arch. Beyond the trail end, we took the north/east spur of the canyon and climbed up the side drainage and back out to an excellent overlook for a great lunch spot.

After lunch, we explored a bit more up canyon for some ruins. After a little extra (and some unnecessary) bushwhacking, we found two sets, one on each side of the canyon, though they were a bit too uniform and had no mortar of other signs of habitation, so we were a bit skeptical of whether their origin was that ancient. Regardless, they were fun to visit.

Took our time on the return and cruised into town for an early dinner at Cafe Jose.

The wife declared it a perfect hike, so mission accomplished!
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