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Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 12 2014
bendorbreak
Backpack11.10 Miles 1,183 AEG
Backpack11.10 Miles2 Days   5 Hrs   30 Mns   
1,183 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
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This was my first solo backpacking trip and it was quite a success. I started out at the trailhead between Ka hill and Dow springs. I parked the car and got on the trail about 11:30. The hike starts off across a meadow then quickly disappears into the trees. Quite quickly I cam across the first of many pools of water. These Dow and Lo SPrings, or according to the signs "natural tanks". I chose to pack my own water for this trip, but it would be possible to purify along the way. Keep in mind though, the water was pretty murky in a few of the locations. I continued on for about 3.5 miles where I stopped at the first of many beautiful vistas. I was just shy of Vista point. I took a break here and enjoyed the peace and quite of the area. After lunch I continued on my way. I stopped again about a mile up at another vista just to enjoy the view. From here the trail meanders away from the vistas for a while. It's a pretty easy hike, not a lot of elevation change, and the path is clearly marked. Next I cam upon what is called 7 falls. Its a beautiful steep canyon, and I imagine the falls would be spectacular when they are running. This time there was a pool of water at the bottom, but that was the extent of it. I continued on another half mile or so to Pomeroy Tanks. Be careful of mesquitos here. This area is a cluster of 7-8 perennial ponds, and the first time on the trail I noticed bugs. I stopped and put some deet on, and that seemed to work. I saw I few giant bull frogs in the tanks. It would have made a pretty place to camp, but I was ready to get away from the bugs. Just past Pomeroy Tanks is Isham Tank, just another muddy water hole. At this point, the trail is pretty rocky as you cross a flat. Just past the flat is FR 139. I stopped for the night here. The next morning I was planning on hiking Ka hill back to my vehicle, but I opted for the road, as I had to very large blisters on the balls of my feet. Overall, this is a gorgeous hike, and I would highly recommend it.
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