Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Boynton Canyon Day Hike
when November 12 2023 Sunday
  Trip Report : November 18, 2017
  Trip Report : April 18, 2009
  Trip Report : November 8, 2008
  Trip Report : October 30, 2004
  Trip Report : November 1996
where Sedona
the hike Boynton Canyon is one of the most spectacular red rock canyons that crisscross the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness area north of Sedona. For the first mile the trail overlooks the Enchantment Resort as we skirt around its eastern edge, before passing through a large sandy area thick with colorful manzanita. The trail then winds along the east face of the canyon, moving in a northwesterly direction as it hugs towering, ruin-dotted red cliffs—evidence of human presence in this area hundreds of years ago.
At the one-mile point we will drop in elevation and cross a shallow wash, and the vegetation will change as we traverse up canyon and gradually start climbing through shady forests of pine, oak, Arizona cypress, and Douglas fir.
    At about 3 miles the canyon narrows down, and the trail becomes a bit steeper, as it moves up an expanse of slickrock, where we are rewarded with expansive views of a sheer-walled natural amphitheater, which marks the head of Boynton Canyon, one of many scenic box canyons nestled against the side of Secret Mountain. This will be a good stopping point for a lunch break.
    After lunch we will consider an optional quarter-mile of bushwhacking, which will take us to the very end of this box canyon. We will come to a fork in the streambed and take the right fork, which will put us on a primitive path—more like a tunnel through the lush riparian growth at stream level. Emerging from this tunnel-like growth, we will be rewarded with the spectacular and towering red and orange cliffs that ring the box end of Boynton Canyon, considered one of Sedona's most scenic and beautiful canyons. Some believe this to be a powerful vortex site. We may stay for a while to experience this mystical vortex and soak in the views, before returning along the same route back to the trailhead.
    Optional subway cave (extra 2 miles) on the way back for people who are adventurous. We will do exploratory hike to subway cave to see if we could find it. It is one of most scenic area in Sedona.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Gloves with good traction if you do subway cave
•  Long pants or knee guards if you do subway cave
distance 6 - 8 miles round trip
time 5 - 6 hours with lots of photo stops
EC +-1355 elevation change
elevations 4487' (creek crossing) to 5212' (trail’s end)
type round trip
starting at
Boynton Canyon Trailhead 34° 54.453' N,  111° 50.000' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Boynton Canyon Trail #47
rating "C"     Optional Subway is a B Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost $5/vehicle for Red Rock Passes. A Senior Pass will substitute for a Red Rock Pass.
Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Sedona
leader     You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 6:30 AM in the McDonald’s carefree off I -17 at 3140 W Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85086.
•  Take I-17 north to the Highway 179 turnoff to Sedona (Exit 298).
Exit here and drive 7 miles north to the Red Rock Ranger District on the right side of the road.
We’ll pick up any needed Red Rock Passes here and take advantage of the restroom facilities.
From the junction of AZ 179 and 89A in the center of Sedona, drive west for 3.2 miles on 89A to Dry Creek Road.
At the stop light, make a right turn and head north on Dry Creek Road for an additional 2.9 miles to a T intersection with Long Canyon/Boynton Pass Road.
Make a left turn and drive 1.5 miles to a second T intersection.
Make a right turn and drive for another 0.3 miles.
Just before reaching the gatehouse to the Enchantment Resort, we’ll come to a trailhead parking area to the right and pick up the trailhead just outside the resort entrance.
All roads are paved to the trailhead. Plenty of parking and restrooms are located here.

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