Parsons Trail along Sycamore Canyon

HARD 31 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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice easy Hike swimming holes all along the way. Camp sites about 4 miles in for overnighting. Locals day hike in on Friday and Saturday. Took my son on his second backpack trip. Plenty of water so carry filter or purifying tab.

hiking
1 month ago

Once the steep decent it's pretty flat . Would go again not in monsoon season .

2 months ago

I don't know that I'd do it again. definitely won't be in the summer.

backpacking
3 months ago

Spent 3 days and 2 nights on this trail in early June and had a great time. There is an awesome swimming hole a little over a mile in. As other posts have said, the creek crossings can be a bit hard to navigate but stacks of rocks act as trail markers and help a lot. The weather was great and there is lots of shade. The first mile and half is pretty easy hiking apart from the initial decent into the canyon but the last two miles are considerably more challenging. Went through about 4L of water per day so at this time of year bring PLENTY of water.

camping
3 months ago

Not the easiest of hikes but definitely worth it for the views. I didn't realize there were otters in AZ but saw one along the trail. I'll definitely hike this one again.

camping
3 months 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

camping
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hiking
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backpacking
4 months 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.

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backpacking
4 months ago

One of my new favorite summer swimming holes :)

hiking
4 months 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!

5 months ago

hiking
7 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.

9 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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