Showing posts with label hiking in sedona. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hiking in sedona. Show all posts

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hiking Boynton Canyon Vortex in Sedona, Arizona

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Before my first trip to Sedona, Arizona in January, I had never heard of a vortex beyond when I'd read in science books. I received a crash course in the New Age Movement and learned that a vortex is an area of concentrated energy. Many people search out these vortexes for spiritual renewal. I have to admit, it sounded a little hokey to me but after hiking the Boynton Canyon Trail to one of the vortexes and witnessing the sun setting across the way, I felt something within that left me in awe.

Getting There

To get to the Boynton Trail, take 89A toward Cottonwood and go about 3.25 miles. Turn right on Dry Creek Road and go 3 miles until the "T" in the road. Make a left hand turn at the T and follow to the next T. At this T make a right hand turn and go about a tenth of a mile. We missed this second T and ended up at the Enchantment Resort and had to turn around. Once we found the parking lot, the trail was marked and easy to find. 







The hike to the vortex is relatively easy. There is very little elevation change and it is only about one mile round trip to the vortex. For those who want a little more hiking, the Boynton Canyon Trail is 3 miles one way and connects to Deadman Pass Trail, Boynton Vista Trail and Long Canyon Trail. Unfortunately, we ended up with a bad weather day and didn't get to do the longer hike. My sister and  I did get a chance meditate for a while on the vortex. As I pondered, I couldn't help but wonder what made the Sedona vortexes so spiritual for those who sought them.


As we stood up to leave, the sun hit the tops of many of the surrounding peaks in what looked like a touch of heaven. It was breathtaking and truly spiritually enlightening. I couldn't help but think it was more than a coincidence. I left with an answer as to what makes Sedona such a special place.



I can't wait to return to Sedona again. I'm sure it will be nearly impossible to repeat the experience of having the sun light the peaks and just the right moment but I'm already convinced that the New Age Movement and vortexes aren't as hokey as I first thought.

Throw on your trail shoes and bring plenty of water and check out Sedona.





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hiking Bell Rock In Sedona, Arizona


To many, hiking to Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona is a chance for spiritual renewal and energy. For those unfamiliar with the New Age movement, Bell Rock is one of the vortexes that surround the Sedona area. I had never heard of a vortex before arriving in Sedona, By the time I left, I learned that many consider a vortex an area of concentrated energy rising from the earth. Whether or not you believe in the metaphysical, there is no denying that these vortexes possess a beauty that can't be denied.


The hike to Bell Rock is well marked and relatively easy to climb. To go directly to Bell Rock, stay left when the Bell Rock Pathway intercepts with the Courthouse Butte Loop. Cairns mark the easiest way to the halfway point of Bell Rock which is about as high as you can safely climb. However, even without following the cairns, it's easy to find a path.



Halfway up, there are a few spots to relax and feel the energy. The views of the surrounding areas are amazing.

 

After we hiked up Bell Rock, we did the 4.5 mile Courthouse Butte Loop which circles Bell Rock. Though some guides rate the trail easy to moderate, I thought it was easy. The most difficult part was the climb to Bell Rock but even that wasn't bad.


Getting there

South of Sedona take Highway 89A to the Y at Highway 179. Take Highway 179 south about 6.4 miles. Parking lot is on the left just before Bell Rock Boulevard and the trailhead is on the north end of the parking lot. Be prepared to pay a small daily fee at the kiosk in the parking lot.