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Packard / Parsons Loop, AZ
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Packard / Parsons Loop, AZ 
Packard / Parsons Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
Stoic
Hiking15.96 Miles 2,557 AEG
Hiking15.96 Miles   11 Hrs   40 Mns   1.65 mph
2,557 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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I read this triplog a few minutes a go, and it sumed up my trip exactly.....If I can quote Tough_Boots.
""This was one heck of a hike. We took the Packard trail out to the ruins and then scurried down a pretty adventurous side canyon into Sycamore Canyon. We then boulder hopped to Parsons. It was a beautiful day all around and the off-trail was challenging yet fairly short. Not a bad view all day.""

My Trip:
At the trailhead, I noticed that the planned route didn't load onto Route Scout. I usually upload the route to two different apps, just in case something goes wrong. This was another lesson relearned... I knew I wouldn't have issues with the Packard and Parson trails. The issue was finding a manageable path down to Sycamore Canyon. From the ruins, I looked down to find the best possible route to the wash. After spotting two possible paths, we started hiking down. We didn't backtrack like the other routes uploaded on HAZ.(I was going to, but I didn't have the uploaded route) This was an adventurous section of the hike. We lost 800 feet in 3/4 of a mile. Miss Ellie, my Jack Russell, did awesome. She gets 2 gold stars today. I did carry her the last 3/4 of a mile of the Parsons Trail. She had been up with me since 1am, with out any kind of nap, and it was after 5pm.
This was my first hike with a friend of mine, so I wanted to show him what Arizona has to offer. This trail did just that. His only complaint, was the constant boulder hopping on the Sycamore...I think we have heard this complaint before....

From the ruins all the way down to the Spring, my camera was set on manual mode. All my pictures where ruined :(
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