Hey everyone. With the temps rising, its time to head up north to cooler temps! This trip will be to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness southwest of Flagstaff. The canyon will be hot this time of year so I'm planning to stay above the rim of the canyon exploring the forest. There's a number of springs in the area and after the very wet winter we had, water will not be an issue.
There are a number of TH's that are used to access the cabin and springs. I'm planning on using the Dorsey Spring/Hog Hill TH since it sounds the easiest to access and also form a loop backpack. From Flagstaff there's about 20 miles of driving on dirt forest roads to get to our TH. The dirt road driving is listed as passenger car friendly but we can knock off 1 mile each way with high clearance vehicles.
I'm posting this as beginner friendly since its a low mileage backpack of about 9.5 miles with 6 of them on the first day. There's some elevation to deal with on this trip but its modest at under 1000'. We'll get to the cabin early via the Dorsey Springs trail and Kelsey Winter Cabin trails. I've never been to this area so I plan to explore the nearby trails. For those who don't feel up to it, kick back and relax at camp. We'll pack up Sunday at a leisurely pace and hike out 3.5 miles via the Hog Hill trail, this will be all uphill.
I'm not a professional guide but do have hundreds of nights of experience out backpacking. I created this meetup since I enjoy getting to know other backpackers/hikers and reconnecting with ones that I haven't seen in some time out in a tranquil settings. Most places that I venture to are remote with help being many hours, sometimes days away. When you attend my trip you must realize that you are responsible for yourself and bad things can happen. However I intend on using good judgement when leading and watching out for all. I may not be with you at all times but in the event something bad happens, I will attempt to get help ASAP and/or help get you out. I expect the same in return, I watch your back and you watch mine.