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Parson's Trail #144

Trailhead: Sycamore Canyon

Length: 7.4 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Easy

Wilderness Area: Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

Journal: "Sycamore Canyon Wilderness" and "Charon the Load"

**Kid Friendly Hike**

Parsons Trail #144 - Sycamore Creek

Directions to Trailhead:

From Camp Verde, take SR 260 west through Cottonwood. Follow the signs for the Tuzigoot National Monument. After you get to Clarkdale, take the Tuzigoot Monument turnoff. Follow this road until you cross the bridge over the Verde River. Immediately after you cross the bridge, turn left on Sycamore Canyon Road (FR 131). Follow this road 11 miles to the trailhead. This road is passable in a sedan, but the last two miles a somewhat rough.

Trail Description:

This is one of the prettiest easy trails we've hiked. The only challenge is in the first 200 feet of trail. From the trailhead, the trail drops quickly to the canyon bottom. Once you reach the bottom of this hill, the hike becomes quite leisurely.

The Parson's Trail follows perennial Sycamore Creek to Parson Spring (3.7 mile one way). Due to the fragile nature of the riparian area, no camping is permitted below Parson Spring. There are 5 creek crossings enroute to Parson Spring. Unfortunately, Parson Spring is not easily identified. The trail just seems to run into dense brush at the spring. You can continue upstream from Parson Spring, but for at least the first 1/4 mile after the spring, the trail is overgrown and difficult to navigate.

This trail is quite popular, so it's not the ideal place for solitude. Watch for rattle snakes, (we saw one!). This trail can be over 100 degrees in the summer.

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