Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Trails

Sedona, Arizona

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Only a short power-line corridor separates the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness from the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness to the east. Otherwise, these two adjoining backcountry areas make up nearly 100,000 acres of red sandstone, brown lava, and white limestone wildlands. Although both wilderness areas boast impressive red-rock promontories and deep canyons, there is one big difference between them: close to Sedona, the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness is very popular and frequently visited, while the more out-of-the-way Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is relatively unknown and seldom visited. Established in 1935, the defining feature of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is the canyon itself, which cuts through the Mogollon Rim and winds for more than twenty miles along Sycamore Creek. Uncommonly broad, Sycamore Canyon spans seven miles rim-to-rim at its widest point. The 1984 Arizona Wilderness Act added 9,000 acres to the wilderness. This trail guide covers an area with 44 miles of trails.

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Only a short power-line corridor separates the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness from the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness to the east. Otherwise, these two adjoining backcountry areas make up nearly 100,000 acres of red sandstone, brown lava, and white limestone wildlands. Although both wilderness areas boast impressive red-rock promontories and deep canyons, there is one big difference between them: close to Sedona, the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness is very popular and frequently visited, while the more out-of-the-way Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is relatively unknown and seldom visited.

Established in 1935, the defining feature of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is the canyon itself, which cuts through the Mogollon Rim and winds for more than twenty miles along Sycamore Creek. Uncommonly broad, Sycamore Canyon spans seven miles rim-to-rim at its widest point. The 1984 Arizona Wilderness Act added 9,000 acres to the wilderness. This trail guide covers an area with 44 miles of trails."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 44
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 6,500 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests
Local Maps: USGS Bill Williams Mountain SE, Clarkdale, Loy Butte, Sycamore Basin, Sycamore Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Trails

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May 2018