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 Parallel Play Canyon, AZ
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 Payson South
Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Surrounding topography and forecast knowledge recommended yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty ?    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,655 feet
Elevation Gain 2,400 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 18
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Author Unregistered
Descriptions 3,776
Routes 0
Photos 0
Trips 248 map ( 429 miles )
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48  2013-03-03 azmike
42  2012-04-07 Vaporman
37  2011-01-22 Vaporman
41  2010-11-20 Vaporman
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Tonto
Wilderness Four Peaks
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.0  Park Creek Falls
0.0  Park Trail #66
0.1  Camp Reno
3.4  Cypress Peak 5952 - Mazatzal
3.7  Oak Spring Canyon - Tonto Basin
4.6  Mount Ord-Oak Spring Ridge
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Overview: AKA Park Creek Falls but most canyoneers refer to it as Parallel Play. Cool technical canyon in the lower Mazatzals near Punkin Center with a handful of rappels up to 150ft. Work up the Park trail and break to the right around 4800ft and drop into Park Creek. Once out of the narrows, there's loads of rock hopping but once the canyon walls disappear just hop up on the flat desert on the left side and walk along that back to the TH. Props to Preston for posting beta on the falls and Ted Gartner for pioneering the technical route. =)


    Directions Preferred Months Oct Nov Feb Mar
    Sunrise6:17am Sunset6:44pm
    Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit

    Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

    To canyon trip
    From Payson, head south about 15 miles to the AZ highway 188 junction, and turn left. Follow highway 188 south for about 13.8 miles, to the south end of the Punkin Center Business District road. The business district road (paved) takes off to the left (east), while forest road 409 (dirt) takes off to the right (west). Follow forest road 409 for approximately 1.7 miles, to where it forks. The left fork drops off the mesa, and goes another 0.1 miles to the Park Creek trailhead, along Park Creek. Props to Preston again on directions. =p
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