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Sycamore Basin Trail #63, AZ

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Distance One Way 11.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,645 feet
Elevation Gain -332 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,029 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 14.58
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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Taylor Cabin Loop
5  2020-05-02
Taylor Cabin Loop
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Taylor Cabin via Dogie Trail - Sycamore Canyon
13  2020-02-06
Taylor Cabin Loop
9  2018-11-11
Taylor Cabin via Dogie Trail - Sycamore Canyon
20  2018-11-11
Taylor Cabin via Dogie Trail - Sycamore Canyon
15  2017-03-24
Taylor Cabin via Dogie Trail - Sycamore Canyon
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:15am - 7:45pm
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Originally used to move cattle and horses.

This trail is the main access to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. It offers spectacular views of Sycamore Canyon and the surrounding red rock bluffs. It receives regular use by horseback riders and hikers. The trail ends at its junction with TR #70, Winter Cabin Trail, on the Coconino National Forest. TR #70 continues on to Winter Cabin, another 5.1 miles. As you approach it from the south trailhead, Taylor Cabin is located on the trail at about mile 9. Constructed of quarried sandstone by local ranchers in 1931, Taylor Cabin was used for many years as a winter line camp. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but is open to visitor use.

Recommended season of use: Fall, spring, winter (depending on weather). The bottom of Sycamore Canyon can be stifling hot in mid-summer with little air movement in the canyon. Mid-summer use by hikers is not recommended.

Maps, other resources: Prescott (east half) and Coconino National Forest Maps; U.S.G.S. topographic 7.5' quads for Sycamore Basin, Loy Butte, ansd Sycamore Point.

Trail layout: The lower section of trail is relatively level through Sycamore Basin at an elevation of about 4,500 ft. The trail approaches Sycamore Creek at about mile 5, and from there stays either in or close to the canyon bottom until about mile 11.2. Here the trail becomes Coconino National Forest Trail #70 and leaves the wilderness climbing over 2,000 ft. to Winter Cabin.

Precautions: There is no dependable water on this trail during summer; in winter, however, the flows can be heavy. It is not recommended for summer use.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

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

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    Access and trailhead location: Hikers generally start their journey at the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness boundary at the junction of TR #53 and the end of FR 181. The best access is either by way of Chino Valley or Drake. From Chino Valley take the Perkinsville road (FR 354) approximately 23 miles to FR 181; take FR 181 east about 6 miles to Henderson Flat. Continue southeast for another 5 miles to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Boundary. An alternate approach from Drake is to take FR 492 for 11 miles to FR 354, then south on FR 354 for 2 miles to FR 181. The latter route is longer but is paved as far as Drake.

    Travel time: Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. from Chino Road condition: High clearance vehicle
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