Sycamore Canyon Loop Trail

Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

Sycamore Canyon Loop Trail

Sycamore Canyon Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This classic loop takes you up Sycamore Canyon through the gorgeous riparian lower gorge made possible by two permanent springs, Summers and Parsons Springs. Above Parsons Spring the loop continues cross-country through a rarely visited portion of the wilderness, then returns on the Sycamore Basin and Parsons Trails."

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"This cliff dwelling overlooking Sycamore Canyon can best be described as a miniature Montezuma Castle without an entry fee, tour guide, or sightseeing crowd. If there was an award for “Best Scenery Surrounding an Indian Ruin,” the panoramic view from this site would win it. Nestled under a natural rock shelter about 0.5 mile from the nearest established trail, the dwelling remains hidden from most hikers who venture into this part of the wilderness.

Some people camp for days at a flat clearing just twenty minutes away from the ruin and never even know it’s there. However, if you’re willing to wander off the beaten path a bit, you’re sure to be impressed when you first see the dwelling’s ancient walls and mysterious rooms, a couple of which remain almost completely intact."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,540 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
Apirl and May
3,740 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,930 feet
Top Elevation
Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District; Prescott Nation
Local Contacts
USGS Clarkdale, Sycamore Basin
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018