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Parson's Trail #144 - Sycamore Canyon Wilderness (Cottonwood Area)

Description: This lush riparian forest consists primarily of cottonwoods, Arizona ash, walnut, willows, box elder, grape, and the namesake sycamores contrast with the reds and oranges of the canyon walls. While there are rocky stretches that may take some effort, for the most part, this route is a pleasant stroll with lots of shade in the first couple of miles. The trail crosses the riverbed just before reaching the "swimming hole" where deep waters go right up against a tall red cliff. The trail will continue along the stream and will criss-cross a total of 6 times before reaching Parson's Spring.
Difficulty: Moderate, Distance RT: 7.4 miles
Start Elevation: 3760 ft., Elevation Gain: -180 ft.
Drive Time: ~2 hours, Water to Bring: 2-3 liters
Meeting Time/Place: 7am, McDonalds at 3140 W. Carefree Hwy Phoenix. Exit SR74/Carefree Hwy then turn east and it’s on the north side. Park along south wall of main parking lot.
Leader: Kathleen
Minimum Attendees Required: 3
RSVP By: Thursday, August 29, 5pm
Special Instructions: Bring a lunch and snacks, water shoes, swim suit and towel, sunscreen, hat. Temps will be warm.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed my first hike with this group! Everyone was friendly, and good company. Kathy is very knowledgeable, and I appreciate that in a leader. She's also a brave driver, willing to cruise through swift creeks! Parson's Trail is really pretty, with LOTS of water, a great riperian forest, and cool geology. We took and posted some neat photos......I hope people check 'em out.

    September 1, 2013

  • Sierra

    This has got to be the most exciting event I have hosted. Pouring rain, lightning and thunder, wading the trail most of the way back to the car. Splashing and slip sliding on the road out.....
    Everyone was a hot muddy mess :) but had a good attitude. Fun and exciting time. Thanks all who made it happen:)

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Sierra

    Jane-Clare will still be joining us.

    August 30, 2013

  • Sierra

    FYI the meetup trail mix has the same hike same time. Looks like they are also meeting at same McDonald's. I drive a silver Subaru forester. My number is[masked]-6205. Please let me know no later than noon tomorrow if you can't come. Thanks.

    August 29, 2013

  • Caroline

    Need to cancel all out of town hikes for the month. :-(

    Enjoy your hike, ladies.

    August 23, 2013

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