Share a Hike

hikeitforward-final-medium1Use this page to share a trip report on make-up hikes, or any hike that you do on your own that you think others in the class might enjoy.  Use the guidelines in the syllabus for make-up hikes.  Add your trip report as a comment, and include links and photos when possible.  I’ve started you off with an example.


8 thoughts on “Share a Hike”

  1. Palatki Ruins is a beautiful box canyon containing some well-preserved Sinagua ruins and pictographs. To reach it, turn north on FR 525 (halfway between Cottonwood and Sedona, just west of Sedona Wetlands). Entrance is between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. Public access is restricted, so you’ll need to call ahead for a reservation for a guided tour. (928-282-3854).

    This web site will provide you with an overview of what you will see there.

    Here are photos from my trip:

    The setting is spectacular, and the ruins are just an added bonus. The HQ is an old home built by homesteaders, and the remains of their fruit orchard are still visible. The trail is short and easy, probably only about 1 mi all told.

  2. Council Rocks in the Tombstone Area
    We actually ended up finding this trail on accident, but it was definitely one I plan going on again for the full hike. The website I found about it after we got back doesn’t specifically list the route or the length of the walking trail, we manged to find the narrow trail through the grown up grass and followed it for about 2 miles and ended up making a trail up the mountain and back through the rocks (which made it even more exciting due to the climbing aspect). So we ended up traveling around 3-4 miles total.
    Most people find this area as a great 4×4 area so most of the websites list a lot of 4×4 trails and point out Council Rocks as a point of interest. The main road there though isn’t that difficult and any truck or even small SUV wouldn’t have an issue getting there.
    There was quite a bit of running water as well, a lot coming off the rocks and mountains to either side. The trail runs mostly parallel to a creek that runs through the center (I assume it usually is dry but we’ve had quite a lot of rain recently) You’ll find a lot of varieties of plants, and even several Native American sites throughout. Mostly all that is left is grinding stones where they ground up, but there is some petroglyphs that still remain on the actual Council Rocks, which is only a short walk from the parking area.

    Here is a couple websites that list specifically how to get there (we came in from Middlemarch Road or “Southern” side, so I am not sure about any additional ways to the trail)

    Note: Many of the signs are hard to find and the actual hiking trail we went on is unmarked. Many we found do not have a road names. So after you get on Middlemarch follow it until you see the mountains approaching. There will be a road that goes to the left before the “Coronado National Forest” sign, turn there and follow about 6-8 miles. This is FR687 I believe.
    To the right there will be a small sign post that says “687K” turn onto that trail and follow it until it dead ends. There is an old fence and two posts that mark the trail start.

    Here’s the link to view the pictures from that day…

  3. Boynton Canyon Trail in Sedona 01/31/2015.
    Boynton Canyon Trail and Deadmans’ Pass share the same trail head. Once you enter onto the trail and go about 100 feet you will see a Y and veering to the left will take you to Boynton Canyon Trail. veering to the right will take you to Deadmans’ Pass Trail. I had every intention of taking the Deadmans Pass Trail, however at the beginning of the trail we met an avid hiker and nature lover native to Sedona and he advised us the Boynton Canyon trail was magical. We chose to take this route. Not too far into the hike there is Boynton Vista Trail which is approx 1 mile round trip, it’s a little side trail off the main Boynton Canyon Trail, but the views are stunning. This is where we met another native Sedonian who gave us a heart shaped stone and explained to us about the mail and female vortex, then he climbed up the what he called the male vortex and played a wind flute. I will admit I did not pay much attention to what he was explaining to us as I was just amazed at the beauty of the red rocks. Once back on the main trail we did walk parallell with the resort for a bit, but once you pass the resort, the trail is beautiful and you see many different treasures along the way such as ruins, and stacked rock formations. There is a gradual incline which gives you a great workout, but is still an easy trail to maneuver. it’s hard to advise of the actual length as there are many different websites and they each state a different length. The range is between 2.5 and 3.5 miles one way. This is a in and out hike. Once you reach the sign that states no further foot traffic beyond this point, you must turn around. Once you add in the mile or so for the Boynton Vista, this is a pretty good distance round trip. It took us about 4 hours to complete.

    Here is a link to view the pictures from that day….

    This trail is located:
    Location: 32 miles south of Flagstaff (2 miles west of Sedona) on paved roads.
    GPS: N34° 54′ 26.388″, W-111° 50′ 55.2114″
    Access: Drive 27 miles south from Flagstaff to Sedona on US 89A. Continue through Sedona to Dry Creek Road at the southwest end of town. Turn north (right) on Dry Creek Road and follow the signs to Boynton Canyon. You’ll find a parking lot and the trailhead just outside the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.

    The parking lot is paved with a vault-type toilet.

  4. Flagstaff lava tubes was a great experience! We, Jared, David, and Trey, enjoyed sharing this experience together as a group. The hike was steep at some points and had very little traction. The a’a lava was hard to walk on, we would recommend wearing shoes that go above your ankles due to the loose rock and possibility of rolling your ankle. The cave averages about 40 degrees fahrenheit year round, so we would also recommend wearing layers. Although very challenging, the hike is worth the: experience, drive, time, and temperature. At the end of our 3 mile hike, we partook in a peaceful snowball fight!

    P.S. Flashlights and water are a must for this hike! Enjoy!

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