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easy/flat hike for bad ankle?

Evanston, Illinois
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easy/flat hike for bad ankle?


We are leaving for Sedona in a few hours -s o excited! I have an active 13 year old but my ankle is rebuilt (thanks to Chicago ice!). Elevation kills me so I wondered if there is any hikes that would allow us to see the Red Rocks without a lot of change in elevation or uneven ground? I know it's unlikely but thought I'd ask - thanks in advance. (We are two nights in Sedona then one night in GCNP at Thunderbird).

Edited: 07 April 2014, 01:26
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1. Re: easy/flat hike for bad ankle?

Well we were at Red Rock Crossing today and it is flat. There are tree roots to consider, but I have mobility issues (hip)and I had no problems at all.

It's a spectacular area with amazing views of Cathedral Rock and surrounding area. The ride to get there (upper red rock loop road) is just beautiful as well. I don't think you should have any trouble if you are careful.

There is a nominal charge to get in that is not covered by the red rock pass, but it is well worth it.

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2. Re: easy/flat hike for bad ankle?

Views are everywhere. You don't even need to get out of your car if you don't want to. But the paved paths at Crescent Moon park at Red Rock Crossing would be ideal. There are plenty of trails that start off relatively smooth and flat. Try Bell Rock Pathway, West Fork, Fay Canyon

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3. Re: easy/flat hike for bad ankle?

Long Canyon should work for you (it worked for a hiker recovering from a back operation).

I agree with Bell Rock and Fay but West Fork has creek crossings after about a mile.

Red Rock SP has some flat trails that are well groomed and a nice visitor center.

The Aerie trails are also relatively flat and will take you around the base of Doe Mountain and around Cockscomb. You might also look into the trails near Thunder Mountain Road.

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4. Re: easy/flat hike for bad ankle?

Try Red Rock State Park - the ranger guided 10:00 AM walk - very nice, easy and informative.

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5. Re: easy/flat hike for bad ankle?

We just did Fay and Red Rock Crossing. I have a bad ankle and carried my daughter in a pack the whole way and had no issues. We also enjoyed Chapel of the Holy Cross for views.

ETA: I just noticed the date and realize you are probably gone now. But in case anyone else comes across this post, I will leave my answer

Edited: 13 April 2014, 06:12
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