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    Parsons Trail

    Coconino National Forest, Arizona
    Distance3.7mi
    Elevation Gain2,045ft
    Trailhead Elevation3,743ft
    Top3,772ft
    Elevation Min/Max3583/3772ft
    Elevation Start/End3743/3743ft

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    Prescott Valley, AZ
    Pathfinder | 107 pts
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    11/7/2009
    Lots of fun, first 2.5 miles very scenic, water was scarce after that point, it's been a long dry year. Only significant elevation change is first couple of hundred feet into the canyon. Parsons Spring itself was easy to miss, and the trail continues on for many miles after that, so track your distance. A lot of this trail was thick fine sand, like beach sand, and you know how walking in that for a long time can be tiresome. The 6 creek crossings you'll do can be hard to find, the first couple we're marked with stone pile-ons, after that, look for stacks of rocks marking where to cross the creek. Also, ran into a rattlesnake on the way out, keep your eyes open. 3hrs 45minutes
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    Scottsdale, AZ
    Pathfinder | 180 pts
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    8/1/2009
    This trail is easy to follow, relatively flat, and partially shaded. The trail has good swimming holes and even a small cliff jumping area. Although higher in elevation than Phoenix, it is still HOT! There is no shade at the trailhead and the road up is rocky.
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    Cottonwood, AZ
    Trailblazer | 611 pts
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    10/16/2008
    This is a great trail but in a couple of parts one needs to be observant because the trail disappears. Also, it does cross the river on more then one occasion so if you have kids you need to be careful. For adults, it should be no problem as long as we're not in the rainy season or spring runoff. The trail is very beautiful and during the summer offers ample opportunity for swimming.
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    Trail Information

    Coconino National Forest
    Nearby City
    Coconino National Forest
    Parks
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest; Chino Valley Ranger District, Prescott National Forest
    Local Contacts
    USGS Clarksdale, Sycamore Basin; Coconino National Forest
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