Parson Spring "C" Fall Color Dayhike

Parson Spring "C" Fall Color Dayhike. TD: 8 mi, EC: 180', Pace: Easy.

The hike up the Parsons Trail is a pleasant stroll along a cool, clear desert stream set in a magnificent red rock canyon. Sycamore Canyon is a place sufficiently unique to have been one of the first areas protected as wilderness in Arizona. The trail leads through the lower reaches of this wilderness through a riparian area rich in plant and animal life. Colorful cliffs that are a unique mix of dark columnar basalt, red sandstone, and buff colored limestone enclose the lush green of the oasis. The trail leads 4 miles to a large pool called Parson Springs where this considerable stream springs to the surface from the underground course it has followed through the majority of the canyon. Up canyon from this point surface flow only occurs during snowmelt and after summer monsoons.

The limestone layer just above the streambed is riven with small caves. Flat ledges of red sandstone extend to the water's edge. Songbirds flit through the tall cottonwoods and thick mesquite bosques. At a number of points additional springs flow from the canyon walls through gardens of columbine and watercress. All these features combine to make this trail one of the most popular, and one of the most crowded, on the forest.

The first part of the trail drops us 180’ into the canyon. It’s out and back so yes, we have to climb back up 180’ to the parking area. From here it’s mostly flat with a couple of small climbs over tiny hills. There are many stream crossings that can be tricky so if you really do not want to get your feet wet, wear water-proof hiking boots. You can get them here.

This hike is rated “C”, which means 3 to 8 miles and/or a[masked] ft. EC

For more info on the rating system, please read:

http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Sierra-Club-Singles/about/

All trails in Arizona are very rocky, and most have large areas where there is no shade. Temperatures vary with season, and sometimes can get unseasonably warm even in winter. You must wear comfortable clothes to hike in, good hiking boots (i.e no sneakers, street shoes, sandals), bring plenty of water and food for the trail**.

Meal in Cottonwood afterwards.

Any questions, please e-mail me at [masked]

**The hike leader reserves the right to turn away anyone without the appropriate clothing, footwear, water, food, or gear.

 

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  • Ceci

    What a lovely trail! The fall colors was beautiful! And together with a group of fun and friendly hikers, made it a wonderful hike. Thank you everyone!

    October 31, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had an awesome time! Meeting everyone was a blast! I can't think of a better way to spend the day!

    October 31, 2011

  • daniel t.

    what can i say life is good and so are the people!

    October 31, 2011

  • Linda S.

    Perfect weather, beautiful scenery, and friendly participants. The leader, Denise, was knowledgeable, friendly, and always concerned about the safety of the hikers.

    October 31, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun group and the trail was as beautiful as ever! Thanks for coming everyone.

    October 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the hike, Denise...great weather, great group and great leader...and dinner was fun...

    Thanks, Michell for the ride to & from the hike...have a great week and thanks everyone for a great time!...

    October 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    [masked] as of 10/11/2011 @ 1:38pm

    October 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please be respectful of the people that R waiting...if you aren't going, get off the list...NOW...the trail is out of Clarkdale, AZ...I'm betting there will be less than 15 hikers...around 12...please prove me wrong!...

    October 11, 2011

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