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Loy Canyon Day Hike
Sedona
October 26, 2019
by Ted Tenny
Ted’s    GPS Map 
Lin’s GPS Map
Lin’s Elevation
group
Trailblazers at Loy Canyon Trailhead. [photo by Lin]
front: Mimi, Vicki, Carol, Lin
middle:  Carl, Jamie, Bettye, Debbie, Neil, Jim
back: Joe, Ralph, Wendy, Ramona, Chris E, Ken, Ted, Chris

Eighteen enlightened Trailblazers bounced their way to Loy Canyon Trailhead on a rocky road, then set out to hike the Loy Canyon Trail.

We divided into two groups: those who were going to the top, led by Len Chao Yen, and those who were going to turn around earlier, led by Ted Tenny. The first group took off like rockets. The second group was supposed to wait for Ted, but they got impatient and left without him. So Ted started the hike in the sweep position.

Just as well. Jim and Ted went a little way beyond the cliff dwellings, then decided to turn around and walk back to the trailhead. There we waited for the other “short” hikers. They and Carl eventually came back. Then Jim and I joined them for pizza in Cottonwood.

Ted   

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rock
Loy Butte
log
Hollow log by the trail.
rock
Desert varnish.
Autumn colors cheer us:
yellow red
trail orange
yellow mixed
brown red
yellow
 
arch
Arch, high above Loy Canyon.
rock
A handprint?  No, just cracks in the rocks.
rock
That must have been some rock slide!
ledge
The cliff dwelling is under a rock ledge.
cliff
Someone had to carry water up to the cliff dwelling.
rock
Not all the rocks are red. [photo by Wendy]
layers
Layers of different minerals were deposited at different times.
Bocce
“Short” hikers feast on pizza at Bocce. [photo by Wendy]

Supplemental Report
by Lin Chao Yen

Thanks Ted for leading the beautiful hike! It was an awesome day. We 12 people (there are 18 people, but only 12 of us did the longer hike: Lin, Carl, Carol, Neil, Ramona, Vicki, Ralph, Ken, Chris E, Chris, Debbie, Bettye) hiked 10.2 miles in 5 hours and 30 minutes. We had great time!

The trail was pretty, the autumn leaves were bonus for this trip. Since we missed the fall colors in West Fork on October 12 hike, I was just happy to see the autumn scenery on this trail.

We went to Plaza Bonita for later lunch and we celebrated Carol’s birthday at a restaurant. The food was good and the smile from Carol’s face was priceless.

Lin   


mixed
Bright leaves. [photo by Wendy]
rock
Red rocks, desert varnish, and shadows. [photo by Joe]
Mimi
Mimi finds an interesting cave. [photo by Joe]
cave
Let’s all enjoy the cave. [photo by Lin]
hikers
Ramona, Neil, Ken, Vicki. [photo by Carol]
bright
The brightest autumn colors. [photo by Lin]
mixed
Fall colors everywhere! [photo by Lin]
mixed
Fall colors everywhere! [photo by Ralph]
pupa
What is it going to turn into? [photo by Lin]
rock
The Great Stone Turtle has his eye on you. [Lin]
view
We’re getting high (topographically). [photo by Lin]
view
On trail, but definitely in the high country. [photo by Carol]
rock
The rocks have a wavy pattern. [photo by Lin]
A few flowers were out. [photos by Lin]
purple yellow
yellow yellow
red
These berries are red, bur are they edible? [photo by Wendy]
view
The Hancock Ranch is next to Loy Butte. [photo by Lin]
meal
“Long” hikers enjoy the repast at Plaza Bonita. [photo by Lin]
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updated October 28, 2019