Parsons Spring

Cottonwood, Arizona

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At 55,937 acres, the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area can be a daunting place to explore. That is because many of its finer areas can be reached only after hiking long distances, usually with overnight gear in tow. But heading upstream from the canyon’s mouth for nearly 4 miles is the Parsons Trail. Accessing one of the finest riparian areas in the state, this route offers day hikers a golden opportunity to get to know Sycamore Canyon.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona

by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)

At 55,937 acres, the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area can be a daunting place to explore. That is because many of its finer areas can be reached only after hiking long distances, usually with overnight gear in tow.

But heading upstream from the canyon’s mouth for nearly 4 miles is the Parsons Trail. Accessing one of the finest riparian areas in the state, this route offers day hikers a golden opportunity to get to know Sycamore Canyon.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cottonwood
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,750 feet
Top Elevation: 3,800 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Prescott National Forest; Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Sycamore Basin, Clarkdale
Driving Directions: Directions to Parsons Spring

Recent Trail Reviews

11/7/2009
1

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


8/1/2009
0

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.


10/16/2008
0

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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