Parsons Trail

Cottonwood, Arizona

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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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by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

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

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May 2018