Sedona, AriZoZona

4-7 November 2022
Chimney Rock Pass Loop, Fay Canyon Trail, Mescal Trail, Courthouse Butte loop, Red Cliff Trail, Baldwin Trail loop
(15 miles, +2,000/-2,000 feet).

Time for another birthday trip with ZoZoZoom. Her birthday was in August, but this year she wanted to do a trip to Sedona, which is much nicer in shoulder season. So November it is!

After meeting at the Phoenix airport and then driving up to Sedona, we had time for a quick stretch of the legs on the Chimney Rock Pass Loop.

Here we go!
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This is awesome!
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A nice break to appreciate the view
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West shoulder of Capitol Butte
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No ZoZo, that’s not Shave Ice
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Desert Zinnia
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Annual Bristleweed
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Milkworts
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Feather Dalea
Having (too much) fun at Oak Creek Brewery

The next morning we hiked up Fay Canyon to a rock formation that we named to go with the nearby Teapot and Coffeepot formations.

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Shhhhhhhh! It’s a secret.
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Keurig Rock
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Hoary Tansyaster
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Bear Mountain
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Coming down from Keurig Rock
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Narrowleaf goldenbush
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Blackfoot daisy

In the afternoon we did a there-and-back on the Mescal Trail.

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Mescal Mountain
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Wright’s buckwheat
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Ocotillo
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So red!
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Also: so red!
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ZoZo on the slickrock

I wasn’t feeling so great that afternoon, so we took the afternoon off. The next morning I felt better, so we planned a longer hike around Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte.

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Cowpen Daisy
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Desert Marigold
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Bell Rock
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Now even more bell-like!

I got us turned around a bit, which added a bonus mile to our loop. But that extra mile was actually the prettiest part of the hike, taking us towards Courthouse Butte with the sun to our backs.

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Um, which way?
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Southwestern mock verain
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Courthouse Butte
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Wow!
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From the side
Hey, where’s the trail?

We passed a fantastic sandstone dome on the trail that I had to scramble up.

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A lovely little dome
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View from the top
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Peak 5896

That afternoon we had reservations to go see the Palatki Ruins cliff dwellings and pictographs. The drive out there was fantastically beautiful, and it put us a lot farther from the crowds we had been hiking with.

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Red Canyon

The docents for the ruins were friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you National Forest Service!

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Palatki Ruins
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ZoZo studies the pictographs
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A solar calendar that shows the best time to plant crops!
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A representation of Venus
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The docent joked “It’s John Cusak in the movie ‘Say Anything'”
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Heading back to the car
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And a quick stop at Sedona Beer Company

On our last morning we did a loop on the Baldwin Trail to see Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek.

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It’s a little warmer today!
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Cathedral Rock
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Cooling off by Oak Creek

After the hike we did a quick tour of downtown, and then headed back to Phoenix to fly home.

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Javellinas! Bye, bye Sedona…
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Last meal before flying home

4 Comments Add yours

  1. zozozoom says:

    A fabulous birthday trip with JimmyJam.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. <

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    Hi JimmyJam,

    I continue to enjoy reading about your walks. 

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    div style=”display: block;” class=””>I thinks, when I asked some time ago, how you managed to identify so many flowers, you said iNaturalist. So I thought you might be interested

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  3. I was attempting to link a NYTimes article about iNaturalist, but it looks like I failed…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. JimmyJam says:

      I saw that article! It’s amazing how much participation has exploded in the last couple of years….

      Liked by 1 person

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