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Boynton's BackyardSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2010
BobP
Hiking16.20 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   8 Hrs   57 Mns   1.81 mph
3,000 ft AEG
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This was a spur of the moment setup. I have to cancell the Humphreys weekend, so I thought I'd see if Josh wanted to do a little snowshoeing in Sedona. We left my house at 7am and started hiking about 845. I always wanted to checkout Deadmans Pass so off we went ;) . Joe tried to take us that way on one hike and this time it was me. After about a half mile, we decided there wasn't enough snow in Deadmans Pass, so we headed for Secret Mountain. We saw an older couple stopped on trail right at an icy spot and they asked if they should turn around. The women did and the man wanted to talk. Along came a young couple who told him about the falling and wishing they had more padding. Josh and I decided it was time to start using the hiking poles...micro spikes would have worked great. This was my 4th trip into Boynton and this time I remembered exactly where the turn off to the backyard was.

The hike to the saddle was a little tougher this time with backpack and snowshoes. We had lunch at the saddle and then headed up the climb. I looked for Joe's pole on the way up but couldn't find it.

Fast forward to Secret Mountain...not enough snow here..lets head to Secret Cabin. There were patches here and there but we didn't bother. Once at Secret Cabin we could see a nice ridge full of snow and shoed for about a half mile with some nice uphill and a little downhill. We met back up with the trail and explored a little more. The downclimb with a heavy pack was a lot easier than I would have anticipated and before we knew it we were at the saddle.

After a little while, Josh decided the trail was getting boring..isn't it more fun to go thru manzanita,and trees. We did get to see some cool red rocks. Josh shared some of the Indian culture he knows and gave me a lesson or two in Geology. All in all a fun trip...

Popcorn anyone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFPso8T1w-o
Edit: Does this make me eligible for member of the month? :y:
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