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Taylor Cabin Loop, AZ
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13 by photographer avatarLJW
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Taylor Cabin Loop, AZ 
Taylor Cabin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2020
LJW
Hiking24.79 Miles 4,554 AEG
Hiking24.79 Miles   10 Hrs   33 Mns   2.82 mph
4,554 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
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Friend and I made our first trip into Sycamore Canyon. Wanted to see all that we could so we did the Casner-Taylor-Dogie loop. Went counterclockwise in order to get the elevation gain out of the way first.

FR525 is in great shape, and any car should have no problem. There are spots toward the end on 525c where the road dips that make taking a passenger car a strategic drive. Started at the one parking spot for Casner Mountain trail around 7:30 and headed up. I didn't know this in advance, but Casner trail is at least as much a road as a trail. Follows underneath power lines most of the way. Nice views into Sycamore Canyon and toward Sedona that would be much better at sunset than sunrise.

On the way down Taylor Cabin Trail there were at least two dozen trees fallen over the trail. Overgrown with brush in parts and the leaves and snow obscured the trail. Seemed like a more interesting way to enter the canyon as opposed to the Dogie trail, however.

Once to the canyon floor and across the creek, Sycamore Basin trail is overgrown and a bushwhack. Found it difficult to stay on route. Opted to rock hop down the creek a ways instead. Was nice to be on the creek bottom as after the cabin the trails climb away from it. Caught up with the trail at a creek crossing and it was clearer closer to Taylor Cabin.

Hung out at Taylor Cabin for a while and walked around the grounds. In great shape and well stocked.

Dutch Kid and Dogie were the best maintained trails of the day, and it made the going easy the rest of the way, apart from the incessant ups and downs on Dogie. Only people we passed were backpackers on Dogie around the Sycamore Basin junction and at the only creek crossing farther down the trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Sycamore Creek at Dogie Crossing Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Sycamore Creek at Taylor Cabin Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Sycamore Creek at Taylor Trail Jct Medium flow Medium flow
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