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7 by photographer avatarazbackpackr
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Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
azbackpackr
Hiking12.06 Miles 1,280 AEG
Hiking12.06 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   1.87 mph
1,280 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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This trail really surprised me, what with all the ponds along the way. I lost count! The hike seemed longer than 12 miles, although it is probably because I was tired from a backpacking trip the day before. I didn't see much wildlife, just some birds, squirrels, and horned lizards. But at one point I really smelled elk, very strong and pungent, and I think they may have been bedded down close by.

I read a lot of the previous triplogs, most of which mentioned mud and mosquitoes! No mud, no mosquitoes today!

I enjoyed the little KA Hill. The Peaks had fresh snow from a little storm yesterday, which was all melted by the time I finished the hike. It was 27 degrees when I got up this morning, but it warmed up very quickly and I hiked in a skort, always looking for shade for my breaks.

The views of Sycamore Canyon are splendid. I brought only a little point-and-shoot camera that doesn't do it justice.

At one point, near the Vista, I could see the cliffs I had camped underneath a couple nights before. I had hiked down the Kelsey-Little Lookout Trail and camped there Thursday night.

I don't know why my GPS posted as slightly longer by a half mile or more than other people's logs, but I did walk out to a lot of viewpoints, and also maybe because of where I parked. There is a spur trail to the parking area that's close to 1/4 mile.

All the springs I saw are ponds, and I don't know how to estimate gallons per minute when it's a pond. They all had a lot of water.
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