Parsons Trail along Sycamore Canyon

HARD 26 reviews
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Parsons Trail along Sycamore Canyon is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1082 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

Note: A high clearance/4WD or AWD is required to access this trail.

camping
46 minutes ago

Lots of spiders and ants where u can camp it's a 3.5 Mile hike to get to the camping area the trail is not marked well passed the 2 mile mark if u get lost I noticed the people stacked rocks to mark the trail some parts are very rocky and wet nice hike but the walk down to trail is very steep

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hiking
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backpacking
27 days ago

Outstanding hike, easy in most places. This trail is beautiful, you can take yourself, your family for a day hike or hike deeper and spend the night. Would recommend this trail If you are in the cottonwood area.

28 days ago

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backpacking
1 month ago

One of my new favorite summer swimming holes :)

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail on April 19th and could not have been happier. This lightly trekked trail with lots of tree shade, water and scenic beauty was one of the best hikes we have done. Other than the drop at the beginning and climb at the end the trail was relatively flat. Fantastic!

1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very cool trail. The river was high and had bushwhack in a few places to get to the end, but very worth it.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
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hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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

camping
11 months ago

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!

camping
11 months ago