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Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking10.57 Miles 1,371 AEG
Hiking10.57 Miles   6 Hrs   44 Mns   1.80 mph
1,371 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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First time on this trail, and now wondering why it took me so long to check this beauty out!

I figured it would be busy (it was), but we got up early and that paid off by allowing us to enjoy the trail in solitude until we reached the main swimming hole. There was one other couple hanging out on the shoreline when we arrived. No one in the water, so we took the opportunity to swim and cliff jump before #socialdistancing became challenging. By the time we were done swimming, a few more folks were arriving.

At that point, we dried off and continued up the trail. Explored the extensive mine shaft (wasn’t expecting that); took some photos by Parsons’ arched sycamore; scrambled up the canyon walls to check out a deep carve out (cool, but no ruins); saw the other popular lounging spots; bushwhacked off trail in a few spots to find more secluded swimming spots; ooohed at Parson spring flowing from the bottom of a cliff face; and was mesmerized by the Garden-of-Eden lushness surrounding Summer Spring.

On the way back, the main swimming hole was (as expected) a zoo. Glad we had partaken earlier.

This would make an ideal overnight backpack, and we saw several backpackers on the trail. I marked the spot on my route, where the sign is located—beyond which camping is permitted.

A gem of a hike.
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Parson's Arched Sycamore
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