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Kelsey Springs Trail #3, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 5.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,637 feet
Elevation Gain -698 feet
Accumulated Gain 941 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 8.44
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4  2017-11-23
Dorsey Spring Trail #7
8  2017-06-11 BiFrost
9  2016-06-11
Dorsey - Kelsey - Sycamore -Winter Cabin Loop
15  2016-06-11
Dorsey - Kelsey - Sycamore -Winter Cabin Loop
20  2016-06-11
Dorsey - Kelsey - Sycamore -Winter Cabin Loop
17  2014-05-17
Little LO Spring Canyon
28  2014-05-17
Little LO Spring Canyon
23  2013-09-29
Babe's Hole Spring Canyon
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr
Sun  7:02am - 5:22pm
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Nearby Area Water
Babe's Hole Spring Canyon
0.0 mi away
4.0 mi
-1,510 ft
Kelsey & Little LO Trails
Kelsey & Little LO Trails
0.0 mi away
3.0 mi
-1,500 ft
Little LO Spring Canyon
Little LO Spring Canyon
0.8 mi away
6.2 mi
1,800 ft
Little LO Trail #6
1.1 mi away
0.9 mi
875 ft
Dorsey Spring Trail #7
1.3 mi away
2.5 mi
158 ft
Hog Hill Trail #133
Hog Hill Trail #133
1.4 mi away
2.3 mi
171 ft
Winter Cabin Canyon
Winter Cabin Canyon
3.6 mi away
10.7 mi
2,450 ft
Winter Cabin Trail #70
Winter Cabin Trail #70
3.6 mi away
5.5 mi
2,341 ft
Ott Lake Trail #70B
3.7 mi away
0.2 mi
37 ft
Sycamore Basin Trail #63
Sycamore Basin Trail #63
4.3 mi away
11.2 mi
1,029 ft
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From the Kelsey trailhead you immediately descend into a shady forested canyon of Ponderosa pine mixed with Douglas fir, Gambel oak, and juniper trees. Most of the length of the trail is gradual up and down with only a few short steep areas. Along the trail water can be obtained, usually year-round, at Kelsey Spring, Babes Hole Spring, Dorsey Spring, and Winter Cabin Spring. There are many spectacular panoramic views of Sycamore Canyon as you hike along the trail. Kelsey Winter Trail and the Dorsey Spring trails make a great 7.3 mile day hike loop. The Kelsey Winter trail terminates at the junction of Winter Cabin Trail.

Sycamore Canyon can be very hot and dry during the summer months. There are several springs located near the Wilderness trails which normally have water year round but hikers should not depend on this water being available and all ground water should always be treated or filtered. There is plenty of shade along all of the trails as you descend into Sycamore Canyon through a thick forest of Ponderosa Pine, Gambel Oak, and Juniper trees. The lower part of Winter Cabin Trail and part of Kelsey Trail takes you through chaparral type vegetation which offers spectacular views of Sycamore Canyon.

Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon is Arizona and offers hikers plenty of solitude and natural beauty.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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

    To hike
    From Flagstaff, take Old Route 66 west to FR231 (Woody Mountain Road). Go south on FR231 for 14 miles and take a right at FR538 to FR538G (about 5.5 miles). It's about 2 miles from junction of FR538 and FR538G to the trailhead. Kelsey trailhead is about 1/4 mile west of the junction of FR538G and FR527A.

    Access to the trailheads is by dirt roads which can be extremely rough and even impassable during Monsoon Season and winter months due to mud and heavy snow.
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