|when||Trip Report : April 1, 2017|
|where||Sycamore Canyon Wilderness|
Although we’ve done several hikes over the years in the expansive
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness area, including the Sycamore Rim Trail, the
Parsons Trail, and the Kelsey-Dorsey Loop, we somehow missed this little
gem of a hike.
The Dogie Trail is the designated Hike of the Month in the June issue of Arizona Highways. The magazine describes the trail as one of the most accessible and also one of the most beautiful of the 16 established trails in the 58,475 acre Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Established in 1972, this is one of the oldest designated wilderness areas in Arizona, and Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in the entire state, only behind the Grand Canyon.
From the trailhead we immediately start climbing to a high ridge with expansive 360 degree views and then pass through a gate before entering the official Wilderness Area. We soon begin a gradual descent through a forest of juniper and pinon pine and eventually start seeing increasing numbers of ponderosa pine as we continue to gain elevation on the trail.
The trail passes by a long-abandoned corral and a large vertical window in one of the more prominent mesas in the canyon, before becoming increasingly steeper and dipping in and out of a deep wash. The trail eventually comes to another high ridge, where we will begin the final descent that will take us to the normally dry Sycamore Creek, lined with massive sycamore and cottonwood trees.
We’ll cross the creek here and continue up the opposite side for another ten minutes or so until we reach the junction with the Sycamore Basin Trail. We’ll stop for lunch here and enjoy the panoramic views, before retracing our steps back to the trailhead.
The Dogie Trail is described by Mangum, Richard & Sherry, Sedona Hikes (9th ed.), Hexagon Press, 2008, pages 98-99.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||+-2150' elevation change|
|elevations||4,800 feet at the trailhead to 4,158 feet at Sycamore Creek|
|on trail||100% — Dogie Trail #116|
|rating||"B+" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member. NOTE: Red Rock Passes are not required for this trail.|
6:00 AM in the
Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park
behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
We’ll leave promptly at 6:15 AM. With one pit stop along the way, total
drive time from I-17 & Bell Road to the Dogie Trailhead is about 2.5 hours.
Total distance is about 112 miles.
NOTE: The early meet time is necessary due to the extra time it will take us to navigate the 11.5 miles of rough forest roads to reach the trailhead, in addition to the nearly 11 miles of exploratory hiking we’ll be doing today.
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