The Fay Canyon path in Sedona will not be solely an underrated and gorgeous hike to discover, nevertheless it’s not even well-known about and thus nowhere close to as crowded as a number of the different locations on this area.
This publish isn’t simply meant to showcase how and why it is best to hike the Fay Canyon path, however what to anticipate while you accomplish that you don’t miss the most effective elements of it as a result of it’s not only a singular path you go to and that’s it, there’s really a number of Easter eggs to it that may make it even higher than it already is and I’ll share what they're!
Fast data on the Fay Canyon path:
- Title: Fay Canyon.
- Location: In Sedona Arizona, off Fay Canyon path.
- Distance: About Three miles out and in.
- Issue: Predominant path is simple, however with different add on elements, reasonable.
- Ranking: 5 out of 5.
- Really useful hike? Completely!
I’ll be trustworthy, I didn’t count on a lot once I went right here as a result of I’ve already seen many stunning Sedona hikes, however this one was simply pretty much as good as the highest ones I’ve been to already. This can be a extremely advisable hike!
1) Beginning out on the Fay Canyon path:
The Fay Canyon trailhead is situated very near Boyton Canyon Trailhead, which for these of you who don’t know is a highly regarded space for exploring the Sedona Subway Cave hike.
Nevertheless, whereas most individuals go to that individual hike (and refill the parking zone shortly), the Fay Canyon Trailhead is only some minutes from it, and in my case was nearly empty once I went there (it additionally makes for plan B parking zone in case you do want to hike the Boyton Subway Cave hike).
Anyway my level right here isn’t to simply say “Oh simply begin at Fay Canyon trailhead” as a result of that’s simply apparent, nevertheless it’s to say that it’s shut to a different in style hike. Not solely that, however there are a number of different cool trails proper round that space like Bear Mountain to discover (extra choices, extra surroundings, extra adventures principally).
When you park, you’ll really must go north (cross the street) to begin on the path (principally you’ll be heading in direction of the large mountains the place the canyon lies at).
One different factor I preferred is that there was no have to pay for for a allow/parking cross right here.
2) Discovering Easter Egg 1, the Fay Canyon arch:
Fay Canyon Arch was the rationale I initially determined to go to Fay Canyon and it’s in all probability the identical cause why loads of different individuals find out about this hike within the first place.
There are others who simply come right here for the principle path who don't have any clue there’s a gorgeous arch within the space and it’s really simple to see (and miss) while you’re on the principle path.
Anyway, the Fay Canyon Arch is situated 0.6 miles from the trailhead (I marked it on my Alltrails).
You'll first be on the principle path, however at 0.6 miles see 2 cairn rocks (on the bottom) from which you’ll flip proper, cross a dry river mattress and even see the Arch from a distance (to your proper) as you stroll on the Fay Canyon path.
The hike as much as it isn’t very troublesome, however there’s a number of 100 toes of elevation concerned to this a part of the “facet hike”.
You’ll have the ability to stroll by means of the arch and get some wonderful photographs of it and for anybody questioning, sure you'll be able to really stroll excessive of it too in the event you’re cautious. From there, it is possible for you to to see nice views of the Fay Canyon space and out of doors of it.
3) Persevering with alongside to Fay Canyon Overlook and to the tip of the path:
Whereas the Fay Canyon Arch is gorgeous to see, it’s not the tip of the sweetness you’ll discover on this path.
When you come again down from the arch space and get again on the principle path, you might have the choice to proceed for an additional half mile to succeed in the tip of Fay Canyon.
Nevertheless, the tip of Fay Canyon is definitely the start of a brief scramble to a gorgeous overlook of the identical canyon and I strongly advocate you not miss out on this.
That scramble and the “balcony” space the place you’ll get the most effective photographs of the canyon from is the place the path formally ends.
From there you’ll simply backtrack on the identical (simple to comply with) path to the parking zone.
4) Exploring facet hikes after Fay Canyon (particular spots to see):
If you happen to’re somebody trying to do a number of hikes in at some point in Sedona, then I might save Fay Canyon as a second and even third hike you do and take a look at the extra busier ones first (very early within the morning if potential). Anyway, right here’s a number of different trails to see:
The closest to Fay Canyon particularly are:
- Bear Mountain path.
- Aerie path.
- Doe Mountain.
- Boyton Canyon Subway.
- Deadman’s Go path which matches to Birthing Cave and in addition Mescal path which results in Devils Bridge (a facet path to entry it).
Different superior trails to discover (not so near Fay Canyon, however in Sedona):
- West Fork path (river stroll and hike).
- Keyhole Cave (troublesome to succeed in hike, however with an incredible cave space).
- Troopers Go path (cave hike, however the path to get there's very stunning and appears loads like Fay Canyon).
- Vultee Arch (larger arch than Fay Canyon, however means more durable to succeed in).
For every of those trails, make sure that to make use of Alltrails or Google maps to see the place the trailhead begins or the place the connecting trails to every hike are so that you don’t get misplaced, however I might warning you with Google maps as in Sedona as I've discovered the places on the app to be incorrect and Alltrails was a a lot better means of discovering it.
Good gear for climbing Fay Canyon (and different spots in Sedona):
Frequent questions on Fay Canyon:
How lengthy of a hike is Fay Canyon?
The whole climbing distance for Fay Canyon is below 2 miles out and in.
Is Fay Canyon Path simple?
A lot of the Fay Canyon path could be very simple to hike.
The place is Fay Canyon Sedona?
Fay Canyon is situated about 1 mile from the Fay Canyon Trailhead space and it’s very near Boyton Canyon path.
Do you want a cross for Fay Canyon path?
Nope! The parking at Fay Canyon trailhead is free.
Does Fay Canyon have a vortex?
Some sources say that there's a vortex in Fay Canyon, however I personally didn’t really feel something once I hiked there. It was nonetheless a gorgeous path that I’d advocate both means.
Apart from this stuff defined, in the event you do resolve to go to Fay Canyon (and I extremely advocate this path), know that it’s gorgeous, very simple to hike by means of (most of it) and there are sufficient facet spots to discover on it in a short while to essentially combine it up and nice an excellent total expertise.
If you happen to do hike right here, I’d like to know your ideas and I hope this publish helps you get probably the most out of it!