|Hiking||8.00 Miles|| || |
|600 ft AEG|| || || |
Originally I was planning on going car camping with Cheryl but something came up at the last minute and she couldn't go. I looked at some different options and decided to head for Parson's Spring. I wanted to hit this one and then head over to Sedona if I felt up to it.
I left Phoenix around 6:30am and arrived at the trailhead two hours later. I was the second car in the parking lot. I got my gear together and off I went. You start by dropping down into the canyon and then head north parallel to the creek. It was very enjoyable hiking with terrific scenery.
I reached the first swimming hole and had a look around. This looks like a fun play area. I continued and made fast time up the trail. There were numerous patches of poison ivy along the way. I tried to avoid it and so far I don't have any. The trails crosses the creek a handful of times. I was able to rock hop and kept my feet completely dry. At roughly the four mile mark the creek disappears. I had a look around and then ate some lunch.
The return hike was a breeze. I cruised along the trail and chatted with a few folks on their way in. There were several large groups on their way in for some swimming. I was glad I got the early start and had to the trail to myself heading out. I got back to the car and was surprised at how many vehicles were parked. There had to be at least fifteen. This is a popular spot!
I was feeling really good so I got in my jeep and headed for Sedona for another hike up Boynton Canyon