Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Sycamore Rim Trail Day Hike
when Trip Report : August 21, 2021
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  Trip Report : August 19, 2017
  Trip Report : August 16, 2014
  Trip Report : September 7, 2013
  Trip Report : September 15, 2012
  Trip Report : September 10, 2005
where Kaibab National Forest
the hike     Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is the second largest canyon in Arizona and it is equally scenic as the largest, Oak Creek Canyon. Sycamore Canyon Wilderness contains more than 50,000 acres of colorful cliffs, soaring pinnacles, and one of the world’s rarest habitats. You may encounter wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, ringtail cats, and javelina.
    The Sycamore Rim Trail was first proposed in 1975. It contains ponds, streams, cliffs and deep canyons which was unique. The Sycamore Falls Trailhead was added during the summer of 1988 to accommodate hikers.
    The trail forms a loop with access at several points along it. The northern and western sections of this loop travel through ponderosa pine forests, first ascending to a ridgeline and then descending to Sycamore Falls, a 100-foot drop which, with the cooperation of monsoon rains, will be flowing. There may also be five or six small waterfalls along the way. The southern and eastern portions of the loop follow the scenic rim of Sycamore Canyon. See Map.
    This hike is described on page 218 of Flagstaff Hikes by Richard & Sherry Mangum.
distance 8 or 13 miles
time 5-6 hours for short version and 6-8 hours for long version
EC +- 200' short version, +-1300' short version elevation change
elevations 6720 (trailhead) to 7251 (ridgeline)
rating "C" short version, "B" long version   Rate yourself as a hiker.
on trail 100% — Sycamore Rim Trail
dogs? no
type in and out (short version), loop (long version)
starting at
Sycamore Rim Trailhead off of FR 56 35° 9.607' N,  111° 59.967' W  [NAD27]
starting at Sycamore Falls Trailhead (short version)
cost Carpool is voluntary due to COVID19. Please wearing a mask in the car if you carpool with others. Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Williams
meet 9:30 AM at the Mcdonald’s at Pilot Travel Center, I-40 west of Flagstaff, exit #185 12500 Bellemont, AZ 86015. Hikers doing the same version should ride together.
•  Take I-40 west from the Pilot Travel Center to the Garland Prairie exit (#167).
Exit southbound onto FR 141.
Continue south for about 12 miles.
Turn right (southeast) onto FR 56 if going to the Sycamore Rim trailhead.
Continue on FR 56 for about 1.5 miles to the trailhead.
NOTE: Depending on current road conditions, the last mile of FR 56 from the trailhead may be muddy and hard to travel, high clearance vehicle is recommended by not required. I will keep trying to get an update on road and trail conditions before the hike. The hike may be subject to change or canceled depend on the weather due to possible flash floods. Also be prepared for your boots to get wet, since there are few stream crossings. Mosquito repellent and netting are highly recommended.

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