Boyton Canyon shows up in every guidebook, and I can't fully criticize that, as we didn't make it to the end.
We began with a visit to the spires (Kachina Woman). Having had no experience with the vortexes of Sedona, it was a first encounter with the magnetic energy of this region. I'm not sure quite yet about where I come down on the whole vortex issue, but I did feel something different there. Had I spent a bit more time reading about the vortexes and was I able to shuck some of this highly developed cynicism, I might be able to say it was a mystical moment, be that as it may.
Starting with the spires was a mixed decision. It is a beautiful place and perhaps it tainted some of what was to come. But, after spending time on and around the spires, we began the actual hike into Boyton Canyon.
The trail follows alongside Enchantment Resort for what seems like an endless amount of time. Looking off to the left and seeing the elite encamped in this beautiful canyon, well, I'm not quite the strident class warrior I was in my early 20s, but I found it distracting at best. And as it seems to go on and on, it was distracting, to say the least.
As I said, we didn't make it to the end. We met a fair number of folks who were headed back out, they too having not made it to the end. There's a nagging, slogging kind of attitude that sets in for a bit. What's at the end... is it worth it? And so you slog on a bit farther through pine and cypress, which have an undeniable beauty, but enough already.
So we turned back, and I have to depend upon others' successful hikes to read about what I missed. And even so, even now I wish we had chosen to motor off to Fay Canyon after visiting the Spires.