Meera, Tom, Vijay, Doris, Jeannie, Darleen, Kim, Kenn (with Tess), and Kay.
On a bright and clear day nine of us met at our northbound meeting spot,
Denny’s on Bell and I-17: Darleen Lindquist, Doris Madueno, Meera D,
Vijay P, Kay Fitting, Kim Gibson, Kenn Wright and his dog, Tess, Tom and
Jeannie Van Lew and their dog, Sandy.
We arranged car-pooling and headed up I-17.
We took exit 287 onto Highway 260 West. At Cottonwood we took Alt 89 to
Tuzigoot National Monument. Before reaching the monument, we turned onto
Sycamore Canyon Road, FS131 and followed it for 12 miles. By 9:30 AM we
were ready to begin the hike.
The trailhead was perched atop a mesa looking out over a wide valley of
Sycamore Canyon, where Sycamore Creek runs into the Verde River.
The trail immediately began its 300 foot decent to meet up with the creek.
The first thing we noticed were the giant sycamores lining the banks of
the creek, creating shady canopy over our heads. The next thing we
noticed was the gurgling of the creek as the water cascaded over the
rocks and various log jams.
The red rock walls rose higher and became steeper as we hiked into
Sycamore Canyon, but the trail was fairly level. We past Summers Spring
at the 1.3-mile mark, where the trail gets rougher because some of the
path has been washed away. Our goal for this hike was to reach
To get there we had to crisscross the creek four times.
We knew we had reached the spring when the creek became very marshy
with cattails along the banks and green marsh scum floating on the
top of the water. We did find the spring trickling out of the rocks
on the left side of the creek. We decided to turn around and return
to the area of the last creek crossing for lunch.
There were several large boulders, which many of us sat on, and after
removing boots and socks, we soaked our feet in the cool water.
On the way out Kenn stumbled and dropped his TalkAbout radio. He,
Kim and Tess backtracked until they found it. We were back out to our
cars by 2:30 and were all too soon on our way home, leaving behind the
cool refreshing water and the serenity and beauty of another of