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Packard Parsons Loop, AZ
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Packard Parsons Loop, AZ 
Packard Parsons Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2018
survivordude
Hiking17.14 Miles 2,998 AEG
Hiking17.14 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.12 mph
2,998 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
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Funfact: Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in all of Arizona, and it is a beauty! Came back for another round, and this time I brought reinforcements and had a nice loop planned. Starting just a few hundred feet from the confluence of Sycamore Creek and the Verde River, Jamaal, Sanchez, and I began the hike about 6:30AM. Packard trail crosses the creek right away and starts the ascent imediately. About a 1000 ft climb takes you to the top of the mesa and here the trail goes through a nice Juniper forest and many cow paths. We spotted several very large hares bouncing around through the bushes up there. LOTS of animal signs (besides the cow poos) all over the place. Prints, poop, dead stuff, it was all over. Spotted the hill we needed to climb over to get to the spot and was formulating a plan to navigate, when a very nice trail popped out of nowhere and led right up to the top. Made our way over to the ruins and it was a great feeling. Very well preserved with several (7?) defined rooms with wood support beams and ceilings still intact. We took a long break up here just soaking in the amazing views and exploring the area and caves. I always get back to thinking of the people who lived and worked right here for centuries and got to wake up to that view everyday! Grateful for today's conveniences, but also longing for the simplicity and self sufficiency of ancient life. After the ruins, we headed down the ravine to the south and made our way down down down. The first 2/3rds of the decent was easy going through a wash and a very discernible route. It then started to get really steep with a few 30-40 foot drop offs. A few body surfing moves and cactus cushions helped to make it down. As previous routes helped lead the way, we skirted to the left more and more before coming out of a smaller side side drainage. At that point we were all pretty beat up and wanting that dip in the spring! The hike down the dry Sycamore Creek seemed longer than it was just due to the heat and the length of the day. We were about an hour over expected time due to hanging out at the ruins for so long. Made it to Parsons Spring and there are not many better feelings that jumping in that cool pond after that trek. I had come up to the lowest part of the canyon last week so the rest of the hike was a repeat for me but the guys enjoyed the beautiful shaded path back to the Jeep.
Another A+ hike.. I dont know how I am going to keep topping these every week! Looking forward to a good summer of hiking in these canyons..
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