Parsons Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, AZ that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Note: A high clearance/4WD or AWD is required to access this trail.
Fun, short and easy hike. We took our kids ranging in age from 4-14 and all of them had a fun time doing this mostly shaded hike. Fun time cooling off in the swimming hole. Road is a bit rough but does not require 4x4 or high clearance. We did it in our mini van.
The road to get to this trail definitely calls for a some high clearance/4WD or AWD. The trail descends to the creek during which time it is in full sun. Once along the creek, it is very beautiful and shady. There are red cliffs along the creek and a waterhole about 1.5 miles in. People often cliff-jump from here (although it is not very high). I did not continue much further past the waterhole, so I don't know how the rest of it is. Very recommended if you want to dip in a cool creek
Did some light backpacking with some friends for 3 nights, 4 days. Went in April, so the weather wasn't so hot. Definitely a bit of a rough trail (I have bad ankles), but worth it if you're into some cliff jumping and swimming! Met some hikers who have been using the trail for years and they loved it. Will come back when I'm in the area again!
Completed this trail back in 2006 and what a beautiful trail. You would find it hard to ever believe this trail is located in the high desert of AZ. Places to jump from cliffs into cold water along the way. Do keep up with the weather, because flash flooding can happen without a cloud in the sky near you. When you're done with all the dirt and photographing you can relax and get scrubbed up at one of the beautiful spas of your choice in near by Sedona AZ. Enjoy! *You want to be experienced or comfortable with balance wearing a backpack. Wear good boots, use trekking poles, and keep your first aid kit close. Plenty of painful or poisonous bites and sprains happen on this trail. Do go with a partner and make sure to let someone know your plans and expected time of return. Keep track of forest fires if any they burn quick and fast. Be responsible. Peace out.