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Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking4.30 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.68 mph
517 ft AEG   2 Hrs   6 Mns Break
 
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Took a small group of youth to visit the swimming hole. Left the Valley early to avoid anticipated crowds, but the crowds never materialized .... :y:

The road in was rougher than I remembered--especially the a few sections in the last couple of miles. 4WD not needed, but anything with low clearance would take a bit of a beating.

Hit the trail just before 8 am. There clearly has been some major flooding through the area since I was last here in 2020. Debris and logjams everywhere, and in several places requiring rerouting of the trail (or climbing over big debris piles).

Summer Spring was still beautiful, but a little less so with the debris and washing out of some of the surrounding vegetation.

The swimming hole had a little less water in it, but still plenty for jumping, with the main spot having at least 12 feet of depth.

After 20 minutes at the swimming hole to ourselves, another couple joined, and then two more small groups. We passed a couple of groups on our way back to the TH, but relatively few out on this trail today. Maybe the rough road or flood damage (or both) have discouraged visitation.

Weather was cooler than expected, with the breeze and intermittent cloud cover.

It rained on the way back to the Valley--especially hard in the Camp Verde area. Hopefully, Flagstaff got some rain as well, to help with the fires ...
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