Coordinates 852

Uploaded April 6, 2011

Recorded April 2011

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5,041 f
3,477 f
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3.4
6.7
13.48 mi

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near Sycamore, Arizona (United States)

A spectacular hike up to some nice Indian ruins.

The views on this trail are the best, what Sedona used to be, before people living there.

This trail starts at the same point as the:
Parsons trail

Once down into the canyon, turn left at the sign, trail 66.
Closer to the creek the trail disappears.
Cross the creek, twice, depending on the amount of water.

Go downstream, stay on the right side until you see the trail sign on the right hand side. In other words, follow the dry rocky stream bed.

This is where the trail leaves the canyon floor and heads up to the mesa.
This involves a nice climb, up, a short time level and up again, until you reach the mesa.

The trail is a bit rocky and the maintenance of the trail is a bit low.

Once on the mesa the trail is less easy to follow.
The cows made a lot of parallel trails, but most of them are leading to the tank.

Once at the tank, go through gate 1, stay left and exit at gate 2.
Turn right on a jeep trail, that follows the tank fence.

At gate 3, that's the only one with a gate, that can be closed.
Don't go through this gate, but go back 40 yards.
Now start hiking, North/East in a small sandy wash.
Try to follow the cowtrails wherever they are.
But half of the way is cross country, that is fairly easy in this terrain.

When you don't have a GPS head more North, until you meet a jeep trail and than turn right.
I marked one of the pictures with the text "Aim at the middle of this picture"
This is where you want to go, between those hills is the trail, leading up to the ruins.
The picture was taken at the tank.

With a GPS you should end up at the end of the jeep trail.
At this point a rocky trail leads uphill to a saddle.
The trail is unmarked but pretty easy to follow.
Over the saddle, the trail leads left to the top.
Over the top, it gets more interesting, the trail winds a bit downhill and runs left towards the ruins.
It's rather steep out here and slippery, so be extra careful.

I'm afraid of heights, but I had no problems on this trail, probably not steep enough.

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Hiking time: 6 Hour, 30 minutes, return.
A longer day hike or an overnight hike.
We hiked this one as a day hike, but start early.
Temperatures where 50 at the start and 80 when we came back at 3 PM.

Try to make a couple of water supply dumps along the trail.

Hiked at the beginning of April 2011.
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X 63 69

X 63 69
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Hole

Hole
Archaeological site

Ruin

Waypoint

Gate 3

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Gate 4

Gate 4
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X right

X Right
Parking

Park

Park
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X 66 144

X 66 144
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X Creek

X Creek
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66 S

66 S
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Photo 1

Photo 1
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Photo 2

Photo 2
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Photo 3

Photo 3
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R

R
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Top

Top
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Mesa

Mesa
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Saddle

Saddle
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Photo 4

Photo 4
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X 63 66

X 63 66
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Gate 1

Gate 1
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Gate 2

Gate 2

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    You can or this trail