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We did the full 11 mike loop. Gorgeous and easy to follow the trail. So many mosquitos! TONS. I’ll be back when there are no mosquitos! Hike wasn’t too hard. We hiked it clockwise ...about 5.5hrs with breaks

6 days ago

This is a good trail with a steady grade and great views. It's mildly steep, then levels out, then gets steep again. Not bad. I'm surprised this trail has that much elevation gain, but I guess when it's spread out over 8 miles, it doesn't feel like much.

Take advantage of the viewpoints along the way, they are great!

My major caution is to do this when it's not hot outside! The trail begins in the trees and then gradually gets lower, among juniper trees and scrub bushes. The temperature change was immediate as soon as we left the pines. And the scrub bushes are a bit overgrown and scratch at your legs. This area is also in direct sun.

This is a wonderful hike - great views as you meander among the red rocks. Lots of agave and other cool plants to look at too. Very picturesque. We did about 6 miles total (so not the full 7.4) because it was hot and we were hiking mid-day. There were a few people on the trial but otherwise it was quiet and all you could hear were the birds and an occasional lizard scuffling along.
There was only one challenge incline portion of the trail (I would estimate .5 miles in length) - otherwise it had gentle inclines/declines.

25 days ago

Took my dog here and overall it was a nice hike with plenty to see, we got to about the 7 mike mark after Sycamore Falls and got lost. The trail was clearly marked and I think because of the excess of water (due to rain) we got turned around. Luckily the road was only about 2 miles from us so we found our way back

The full Parsons trail is long but beautiful. Pace yourself and take plenty of water (a filter is ideal so you can refill). There are some places where the trail has washed out or crosses a rock field; take the time to make cairns. Most of all enjoy the beautiful scenery!

Excellent hike, start early if in the summer due to heat. Good views, some shade for about 2/3 of the route. Trail goes right by a large sinkhole near the end, which was pretty sweet to check out.

Just completed this trail 6/9/18, and it's a great moderate trail with beautiful scenery.

First off, play attention to the stack of rocks on the trail. (guidance rocks)

Secondly, the road to get the trail is pavement/dirt road. As a Offroading hobbiest *You DO NOT need a 4wd or Awd vehicle*; took a Honda Civic and no problem. If you have driven to Fossil Creek, it is alot less bumpier than that.
Moreover, the trail has a few swimming spots, the first 1.5 mile you will see spots to cliff jump and relax. We were told by several people the trail ended a mile after, boy they where wrong. We ran into *a boulder where the dirt trail ends* what they didn't notice was the trail veers off to the right.
Once you follow the trail you will cross small creek beds. At one river bed you will find a pile of rocks on the other side to guide you. You will find small cave holes, stagnant water spots, and great views of rock deformation.

At the end of the trail you will find a beautiful Oasis. The water is clear with small turtles, fish and crawdads.
*Warning* the rocks are very slippery even with water shoes, take it slow going down as the rocks in the water a covered with light moss.
Enjoy and whatever you pack it in, pack it out!

Nice moderate difficulty hike. Principal advantages include:

-Less crowded than better known trails (West Fork, Cathedral, etc).
-Very doable yet yet intermittently challenging with short sections of elevation gain.

Tip: stop at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center to buy your 5.00 parking pass. The trailhead is only about a from here.

Great swimming hole about 1.5 miles in on the trail. Took young kids with us and they did fine. Take plenty of water and decent hiking shoes. 4wd vehicle is not needed to get to trail head.

Beautiful changing scenery. Great views. Some good elevation but not too difficult. Go early in the summer. Half shaded.

Some parking at the trailhead, get there early. Initial uphill turns into a nice flat walk that is exposed until you get towards the creek bed. Some great views looking down into the valley. Halfway point is another road, didn't see anyone there, but made for a good place to fuel up before finishing the hike,

The trailhead is actually further up past the high school. I think it said visitor parking and then I saw a sign for trailhead. beautiful at 430Am and nobody else around. Sedona never disappoints. I only went one mile in as I had other obligations that day.

on Woodchute Trail

2 months ago

Hiked to the summit of Woodchute Mountain on 5/20/18. Left the trail at about the 3.6 mile mark. The bushwhack to the summit through the forest isn’t too bad. There is a register at the summit under some rocks in a cairn. The best views are during the hike, not at the summit because of the forest.

Beautiful Hike. 1st time in Sedona and did this as a 2nd day hike.The Brins Mesa trail was by far the least crowded and more flat because it has a mesa. As you circle back to soldiers pass/Jordan/Cibola it got more crowded. However the we found the scenery to be the best of the entire hike on soldiers pass (wonder why it more crowded :-). I would definitely do this hike again an begin even earlier in the day (we started at 8am MT) to explore Vulte Arch. It's the only access to that trail.

2 months ago

Awesome! Falls were dry but it was still beautiful and fun. :) The Pomeroy Tanks were gorgeous, walk further back to see water lilies and frogs.

Very nice trail, good swimming spots. Small camping area several miles in was pretty crowded with weekend warriors.

Favorite swimming hole in that area.

My top pick for the best day hike in Sedona. If you only have one day here, I'd suggest this one. If you do the full trail you get to see some cool features like the 7 sacred pools. Also has a decent elevation gain so there's gorgeous scenic views. Definitely a moderate hike- nothing technically challenging but could be strenuous if you're not in great shape. However, the climbs come in short spurts with long, flat portions in between so it's not a constant climb.

BEAR! I can't believe nobody has posted that they have seen him!! Huge bear is living at the end of the trail where my boyfriend and I camped for a night and had a very close scary encounter he is NOT AFRAID OF HUMANS please please be careful going down there

Amazing trail! Backpacked in and camped next to the creek. But be alert as we spotted a mountain lion on a low cliff directly above the trail about 3 miles in. Trekking poles were very helpful for this hike and all of the creek crossings.

great hike! is moderate not easy.

Great hike. If you do the entire loop you'll get to see the 7 Sacred Pools and the Sinkhole. Once on Jordan Trail keep an eye out for bikes.

We planned on just soldiers pass but by 8:25 the tiny lot was full. So we went to this trail head instead. For $5 parking there is a restroom and great views to add to the total hike. I suggest reserching the arches and know where the unmarked trail is so you can see all that this trail has to offer.

4 months ago

Backpacked in starting on the dirt road from the Dry Creek Trailhead parking lot. Adds more than 3 miles but we didn’t record b/c we’re dumb so not sure how many- by the scale on the map, looks about 5mi. It’s not strenuous by any means but it’s not shaded and it feels long.
The trail to secret canyon is beautiful and challenging, especially with packs, but worth it. Very secluded and lots of camping options along the trail as you make your way into the canyon. We didn’t hike all the way in, found a spot near water and camped, then hiked out the next day.

4 months ago

Pretty strenuous hike and my husband and I are pretty avid hikers. Falls were dry which didn’t make the 11.5 mile hike worth it.

Realy nice place
But i was lost on trail
I think you have to gate a gps to do it

My favorite hike so far in Sedona. Nice elevation. Great variation, vegetation and views (the 3 V's). Dog loved it. Periodic natural shade along the trail. Great day. Great hike.

Did this hike for the first time Easter Sunday, did not see anyone for a total of 8 miles. It is a well established trail, you can't get lost, very scenic the farther you go. It is very gradual in elevation, would not consider it difficult, maybe moderate but more because of distant. You have to drive 2 miles on a good dirt road to get to the small dirt parking lot. I would recommend this hike, we enjoyed it. Something a little different than desert hiking in Phoenix Valley.

With continued cold weather at home in Colorado, my wife and I decided to head south to warmer weather. A search on All Trails landed us on the Parsons Trail. We upgraded some backpacking gear and were ready to test run it. Arizona is plenty warm this time of year so we took the opportunity to make a trip of it. Good choice.

First, the road to the canyon. You do not need a 4wheel drive vehicle to get there. It is a bumpy dirt road but not a 4wheel jeep road. I wouldn’t exactly take your low profile sports car on it, but anything like a 2 wheel drive cross over would be just fine. Just take your time.

The steep drop into the canyon is brief and not difficult. Trekking poles come in handy with a backpack for balance so I’d recommend a pair of those. Day packers are fine without it. The start of the trail is easy and flat. After the first mile plus, the trail has sections that get rougher. Again, very doable. This is where you begin to see the red rock portion of the canyon which is majestic.

I must give a shoutout to the folks who carefully placed all the cairns particularly for the creek crossings which were not always intuitive on the back half of the canyon. Lots of fingers and false trails so definitely follow the cairns carefully. Creek crossings were also easier with trekking poles so, another plug to take a pair.

Once we got beyond the sign that lets you know you are allowed to camp, we found a nice sandy creek side spot. Plenty of space and a nice view of the canyon wall. Saw fish and a water turtle in the creek which was great. By chance, it was a full moon that night which lit the canyon like a spotlight. Pretty spectacular.

This was a very nice canyon backpack earning it a solid 4 stars. Enjoy!

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