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    Fay Canyon Loop

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    7.2 km
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    110 m
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    Fay Canyon is one of several main canyons in the Walnut Canyon National Monument. This loop hike explores part of the canyon that most hikers don’t visit, so it’s a unique trip with great views in store. This hike is rated as moderate and is suitable for beginners and families. The canyon can be hot in the summer and icy in the winter, so prepare accordingly. Expect moderate traffic on this trail.

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    Route Description for Fay Canyon Loop

    Fay Canyon is one of the main canyons in the Walnut Canyon National Monument. This beautiful trail actually shows you part of the canyon that gets fewer visitors, so it’s a fresh take on the usual Fay Canyon hiking experience. This hike is great for all ages and skill levels.

    The canyon can get quite hot in the summertime, so we suggest bringing lots of water and grabbing a hat. In the wintertime, it can be very icy and snowy, so microspikes are recommended.

    From the trailhead, go right to follow the trail as it wraps around south before turning north onto the Airport Loop. Follow this route beside the canyon, then take a left once you reach the canyon. Stay right at the fork to loop around on the Airport Loop, then turn left once you reach the canyon again to follow it back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Fay Canyon Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for Fay Canyon Loop is off Lake Mary Road.

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