This was a "squeezer" day. The weather was bad everywhere but I really wanted to get down to Sedona for a run. Some days the weather shuts you down but not this day. I was able to just barely squeeze in a 8 mile run on the Loy Canyon Trail, yet another trail that I hadn't been on. It was raining on the way to the trail head, stopped for the run and then proceeded to rain hard again right after. On the way back up to Flagstaff it even snowed before going up the switch backs at the top of Oak Creek Canyon! Just got the run in...barely.
Glad it worked out because the trail was a real treat. Very enjoyable running on rolling terrain along a really nice singletrack trail. Here are some shots to give an idea of what Loy Canyon is all about.
There is a ruin in the above photo...can you see it?
Very nice open views of Sedona red rock low on the trail.
There was a really cool tower low on the trail. Does anyone know if this has been climbed??? It is impressive and should be!!!
Typical views on upper section on trail. I really enjoyed this part. It was a nice change in scenery after the open lower sections.
This is where the snow got a bit deep and I turned around. It was probably less than a mile to the rim and the end of the trail. I will definitely be back sometime to finish this section and soak in the views from the top...there's also some nice looking limestone layers up there to explore.
I would recommend this trail to anyone looking to get off the beaten path and explore the backwoods of Sedone Red Rock Country. The trail is definitely out there and travels through some stunning country. Go here for more information on the Loy Canyon Trail.