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Parallel Play Canyon, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Payson S
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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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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
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10  2019-02-16
Park Creek Falls
15  2016-01-17
Park Creek Falls
48  2013-03-03 azmike
42  2012-04-07 Vaporman
37  2011-01-22 Vaporman
41  2010-11-20 Vaporman
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,879
Routes 15,956
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar
Sun  7:09am - 6:10pm
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Likely In-Season!
Parallel Play Canyon is a 6 mile round trip canyon trip with 2,400 feet elevation gain. Located 33 miles east-northeast of Scottsdale Arizona. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. October and November are the best months to enjoy this activity. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.

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. =)

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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
    page created by Vaporman on Feb 09 2012 7:36 am
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