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Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2008
oraibi52
Hiking6.00 Miles 440 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   1.47 mph
440 ft AEG
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Another great hike!

We began our trip at 0500 hours with a carbohydrate-heavy breakfast. After breakfast we finished packing the Highlander and at 0545 hours we departed for Red Rock Country.

In planning for this trip we had originally planned to hike Wilson Mountain, but my best friend and wife developed a slight blister and we decided it would be more prudent to do a less strenuous hike or hikes. So we decided to hike Boynton Canyon and Vultee Arch trails.

We arrived in the Sedona, Arizona area around 0715 hours and immediately started taking pictures of the various red rock formations. This picture-taking probably delayed the beginning of our hike by about 30 minutes, but it was worth it.

We arrived at the parking area around 0800 hours where changed shoes and saddled up for the hike. the parking area was filling up fast with automobiles (by the time we returned from the hike, the lot was full). Sunday was a free-parking day, thus a Red Rock pass was not needed.

We started our hike at 0826 hours and traveled at our usual picture-taking pace. The trail has a variety of footing; very sandy, rocky, hard pack. Also, the trail takes you through a variety of ecological zones; desert, creek bed, dense forest. We only saw butterflies and birds during the hike. We arrived the end of the outbound leg of the hike around 1010 hours and took a 35-minute break to enjoy the canyon and have a light brunch of soy nuts, beef jerky, and banana chips; all washed down with water.

Boynton Canyon trail, being a very popular hike, was very busy with other hikers and there were as many as eight groups at the trail's outbound turnaround area at the same time. We began our inbound segment of the hike at 1045 hours; this was after taking few more pictures. Our inbound hike was somewhat of a speed hike (for us) with picture taking limited to the cliff dwellings and a few red rock formations. We arrived back at the parking area at 1228 hours. After taking a short break, we drove over to the Vultee Arch trail head.

On the return leg of the Boynton Canyon hike, we noticed the formulation of clouds which made us tentative about hiking the Vultee Arch trail. When we arrived at Vultee Arch TH, we had a snack and some water, and we thought more about the weather possibly changing on us. Since the road to Vultee Arch TH is such an "inviting specimen" to drive on, we were concerned about getting a fast and hard downpour, thereby making it difficult to impossible for us to transit the forest road that takes you to and from Vultee Arch trail head. Consequently, we decided to postpone our hike of Vultee Arch until a later date. Will probably do Vultee Arch and Dry Creek hikes on the same day; most likely in mid to late October - we have an out-of-town wedding to attend in early October.
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