Today, I will be taking you to a hot spot out here in Sedona. We are taking a very easy hike up to Boynton Canyon Cave!
Hi, I'm Brice, president of Vaucluse Backpack Ventilation Gear, where we love to sweat less and explore more.
Especially out here in Sedona, where I am taking you on a very accessible trail to a cave called Boynton Canyon Trail No. 47, in Coconino National Forest, one of the most scenic canyons in Arizona, “Red Rock Country.” I will be showing you my AllTrails map and providing my Strava app recording (link below) so you can easily access where I'm going today.
Hiking Review - Bonyton Canyon Trail - Sedona, AZ
Let's start with the trailhead, where you'll find a parking lot and the trailhead just outside the entrance to Enchantment Resort. There's also parking on the side of the road, but be cautious because you will need a parking pass as Coconino is a National Forest. Head north on Boynton Canyon Trail towards Boynton Canyon (the official US Forest Service Trail can be found at my link below).
The canyon – as is Sedona – is located in the Coconino National Forest. This area is called the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, a collection of red cliffs, bluffs, and canyons. All beautiful, all spectacular, all picturesque (my link to Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness is also below).
Along the trail, you take a very short detour to the right to explore Boynton Canyon Vortex. This is just a little stop along your way to the cave that’s short, quick, and has excellent views. If you don't want to do the almost three-hour hike that I'm going to be sharing and just want to get great views within probably 45 minutes, you can just do the Boynton Canyon Vortex.
To continue to the cave, return to Boynton Canyon Trail and head north. You’ll hike north for some time, and then you'll look for a path across the river. I missed it. It might be marked. I didn't see it. So I had to turn back, and then I went on. So… once you’re on this trail (which seemed unmarked to me), you just continue hiking until you reach the rocks where the cave is.
You’ve reached Boynton Cave! Exciting! It's beautiful! However, there is one little thing about the cave... There are a lot of tourists. I'm not joking. This is probably one of the most-hiked trails in Sedona, and I usually don't take trails hiked a lot by tourists. So I forget how many tourists there can be. There was a lot. There were a lot of great views as well, of course, but given the fact that there were so many tourists (especially with their dogs), I'm not going to go back. The dogs and owners seemed to enjoy the echo effect of the cave, but my ears started to hurt. It was pretty loud, even not in the cave. It was just echo, echo, echo of humans and dogs. So yes, great views, but I wouldn't recommend this if you don't like crowds. You can do the Vortex and head back, or continue along Boynton Trail and avoid the cave tourists.
The total length of the hike was 6.2 miles. The elevation gain was 833 feet, so there were great views for not much hiking up. My total moving time was two hours and 46 minutes.
Today I've got another real treat for you. I will show you my Vaucluse Ventilation Backpack Frame I used on this hike; I equipped it right here. This was my backpack, and I will show some videos of myself hiking with the backpack. And what you simply do is, attach this very light, very flexible, and comfortable frame onto your backpack when you want to increase airflow over your back.
That's what I did here, and I will show you the actual stats of how my back “performed,” you could say, on this hike because I equipped it with the Ventilation Frame. I will show you the data, as I equipped my backpack with a GoVee® Thermometer, which tracks my back’s heat and humidity. As you know, sweating is highly uncomfortable for many people, and sometimes it can be dangerous, especially in Sedona. When I was hiking, it was pretty cold. The temperature was around 40 degrees, but in the shade, it was much colder. And in the sun, it felt a lot hotter and warmer.
Temperatures outside can fluctuate, so let’s dive in and let me show you how this frame performed on this hike. As you can see from the stats, my back’s temperature stayed constant at 50 degrees Fahrenheit, my back’s humidity never stayed over 60% for very long (as you can see, it was dropping), and you can also see from the pictures that my back stayed dry. Thanks to the Ventilation Frame, I didn't have a sweaty back after almost three hours of hiking. There was just some sweat on my shoulder straps where (obviously) I didn't have the frame.
If you want to increase the ventilation system of your backpack, whether it's a day pack or a large backpack, this fits all backpacks, from 15- to 55 liters, and will attach equally well to men's or women's backpacks.
So if you want relief on your back through added airflow, check us out at VaucluseGear.com. We have plenty of customers’ five-star reviews to check out and see why everyone is talking about the Vaucluse Ventilation Backpack Frame.
See you on the trails, and here’s to sweating less!
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