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Boynton, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 07 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,447 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   8 Hrs   29 Mns   1.74 mph
1,447 ft AEG   3 Hrs   36 Mns Break
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The drive over to boynton from our campsite wasn’t too far, but as we arrived we noticed tons of vehicles already parked all along the sides of the road. It was only around 9am but the TH was completely packed. We ended up needing to park about 1/4 mile away! The hike on boynton canyon was extremely unpleasant due to excessive amounts of people, loud people looking for “the cave” :roll: We didn’t help anyone get there this time, but there is no way there wasn’t a photo line given the sheer number of people there. James had some cliff dwellings on his list for a long time and I was completely determined to find them so I don’t have to go back to boynton canyon anytime in the near future! We had a few wrong turns before finally getting on the right “path.” So.much.bushwhacking told me that these ruins aren’t visited often. Getting to the level that the dwellings are on was pretty challenging (for me!), given it was just pretty much vertical for a while. Lotsa scrambling and just crazy steep rocky areas with unstable footing. We finally got high enough to get a good look at them and it really gave us a pep in our steps; they looked awesome! We did find some additional dwellings and walls on our way up as well! So we finally get up near these dwellings many cacti pricks and scratches later. They are really cool and well preserved. There was tons of corn, pottery & even some purtyman inscriptions :rollH: We both try to scramble up towards the entry way and it’s just crazy slick rock with no good handholds. We fail and then head over around the corner to check out a cool ledge. From here, we noticed another dwelling at the bottom of this giant rock formation. It looked like a bushwhacking nightmare but I hope to see it someday! After a regroup and snacks, we head back over to the dwellings and James figures out a way up! He said it was extremely sketchy and honestly this man never says that, lol. He usually boosts me up or assists me but sadly there was no safe way to do that this time (that’s a first!) I asked him to take photos & videos for me to see. I explored a cave to the left & found so much corn, so cool! James found a log book up there & no one had been there in a while! It was very satisfying finding these & being in our own world all quiet away from the crowds. Getting back down was a nightmare given how steep it was; my feet and knee were very unhappy with me. Alas we made it back to the main trail and hiked out. It was still peopley at this hour & even more coming in with hammocks and no water just 30 mins prior to sunset. I will not be back to boynton until the hype of “the subway” dies down. That might take a while given it seems that it’s the next devils bridge...
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