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Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2014
chumley
Hiking11.49 Miles 1,268 AEG
Hiking11.49 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   3.11 mph
1,268 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
 
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Sunday we took a lazy start to the day before heading over to the east trailhead for the Sycamore Rim Loop trail.

We started by climbing KA hill, and promptly lost the trail on the north/west descent due to an incredible amount of elk use. I've never seen so much destruction. Not even from cattle. The poo was fresh and pungent, and the use trails were everywhere. This had to be the result of one of those huge elk herds that roam the prairies up here.

The tanks in Isham Spring canyon were a nice surprise as was the Pomeroy Tanks area and the impressive (though dry) Sycamore Falls. That would be a sight to see running, though I imagine it is quite rare.

The miles across the rim were a bit warm as the 80% chance of rain was nowhere near close to happening. It was 80% sunny all day long. Which was nice in a way, but we were prepared to be hiking in the rain that ended up hitting Phoenix 12 hours later. It's the first time I've had rain pants in my pack on a simple dayhike as nice and warm as this one!

The hike got a little tedious and I was ready to be done when the ruins of the old sawmill site, railroad, and Overland Trail near the end offered a little bit of interest to get me back to the truck.

This is a nice trail with lots of trailhead options. It makes it a versatile option for people of any hiking ability or skill level.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dow Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Didn't see the actual source of the spring. The entire valley is full of water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Isham Spring Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
No real flow, but huge, deep, clear pools exist here. The small fish indicate this is a perennial source of water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 L O Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Didn't see the source of the spring. The entire valley is full of water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pomeroy Tanks 76-100% full 76-100% full
Tons of water here. This is a perennial source of water.
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