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Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2011
fotogirl53
Hiking3.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.75 mph
400 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Woke up with some energy today--could it be a day off from work? Headed down Oak Creek Canyon, through Sedona, Cottonwood and Clarkdale, and down Sycamore Canyon road to the trailhead. Oak Creek is jam packed with people and the campgrounds were already full by 10:00. The backup at uptown Sedona wasn't too bad. Further on, Sycamore Canyon road was rough, washboardy and dusty.

There were about 10 vehicles at the trailhead, but I only saw 3 groups of people all day. One group was 4 high school kids heading for the "swimming hole". The main creek is full and deep, the trees are all leafed out and the wildflowers are blooming. I saw several butterflies: mourning cloak, whites, checkerspots, tiger swallowtails and a pipevine. The lizards were out, but very shy--no pictures. One long grey snake crossed the trail in front of me. The birds were singing and Summers Springs was pumping huge amounts of water.

I went to the first creek crossing at the "corner", then decided to call it quits for today. No sense in overdoing it with the heat and my current health battles. I took more pictures on the way out--Tibber mode! Up the steep part of the trail and home for dinner.

I recommend this trail for those seeking wildflowers and water. The water will drop off in the next couple of weeks, but the wildflowers should continue.
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Summers Spring Sycamore Creek
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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Summers Spring is pumping hundreds of gallons per minute!
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