Parsons Trail

Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

Parsons Trail

Parsons Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A challenging trail and cross-country hike through the remote red rock canyons of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Sycamore Creek is usually dry above Parsons Spring. In the spring, seasonal pools above this point make it possible to do this loop without carrying water. During summer and fall, you’ll have to pick up enough water at Parsons Spring for your camp farther up the canyon.

The catch is that during early spring, Sycamore Creek may be flooding from snowmelt in the high country and this loop trip may be impossible. If the creek is running muddy at the trailhead, content yourself with a short day hike to Summers Spring or Parsons Spring. Do not attempt to cross the creek when it is flooding. In summer, this loop is recommended only for hikers experienced at dry camping in hot weather."

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Trail Information

Cottonwood
Nearby City
21.4
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Backpack
Duration
Best April to May, October to November
Season
3,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,900 feet
Top Elevation
Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest; Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Sycamore Basin, Clarkdale; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps