Camp Verde, AZ
May 10, 2015
Today we hiked Boynton Canyon, my second favorite Sedona trail. Last year when we were there we had to cut the hike short due to strong winds blowing in dark clouds and what appeared to be the possibility of thunder storms. Today dawned with blue skies, fluffy clouds, a nice breeze, and two eager hikers ready for the 6.3 mile round trip into a canyon I think of as a little bit of heaven.
|Robert on the Vista|
Just to the left of the Vista is a formation known as Kachina Woman. A sign points left and Boynton Canyon Trail begins.
The first section of trail is wide open with little shade. There were a few private homes on our left we could choose to admire or ignore. The red rock rising high above, though, is full of interest and all I need to keep my eyes busy.
A right turn headed us in a north direction...this is one of my favorite parts of the trail. The east and west walls of the canyon narrow, and there are enough ups and downs to get the heart pumping a little faster.
Then, out of nowhere a stretch of straight sandy trail lined with manzanita bushes/small trees. Locals call this "Boynton Bowling Alley". This sandy chute offers new views of higher, white sandstone ridges.
|Boynton Bowling Alley|
A couple of turns later, the terrain completely changes. We were in a forest of Ponderosa Pines and Arizona Cypress. Scrub Oaks and Maple trees lined the path. The air was pleasantly cool with the smell of evergreens and moist dirt. The spotted towhees serenaded us. What a beautiful song they sing! Wildflowers, "new growth" green, and cliff walls kept me camera happy!
There is a sign indicating the "End of Trail".
A natural ledge on the red rock is great for sitting...a perfect place to take in the canyon we just hiked and the majestic walls above.
We also enjoyed the antics of a squirrel and towhee...
Until next time, happy days and...