The most common route to Taylor Cabin is from the Dogie trailhead.
This drive is a lot more doable and the hike in is very nice. There is a stream crossing at Sycamore creek that could be problematic if the water is running strong, but a local hiking group did it recently and while difficult, it was manageable.
There are some hanging spots above the creek just down the trail from the cabin. I've hung there a couple of times.
This is the way our group went a few weeks ago. The road is a little rutted from cars driving on it while the road was still muddy. Doable with a high clearance vehicle.
The trail itself is around 10 miles each way as verified by more than one gps on the trip. Anybody bringing children or those not ready for a moderate/strenuous hike may not find it enjoyable.
Here's a video I took of one of our crew trying to cross Sycamore Creek on our way out:
It seems like only Te-wa, drewboy, roadtorque, skittles and myself are actively discussing this hang. Is anybody out there??? lol
Does the learning and DROOLING never end?
BroHamm = Brother of the Hammock
Yeah, that guy was struggling a bit. Almost painful to watch. I'm sure that a crossing of some sort is a possibility in 4 weeks, but unless another big storm comes through I don't think it's anything to worry about. It is a bit of a hike in from Dogie, but a very pretty one.
Here's a picture of that same spot in Feb 2008 from a trip we went on. BTW, this creek bed has been completely dry on every other trip I've been on, which is up to maybe 7 total by now.
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I just got the notice -- sorry: life's been busy lately (we're expecting in a few weeks!). I'd love to come, but I can't commit until I see how things settle down once the baby comes.
I would like to plan Parsons spring with a back up being Taylors cabin.However, we are only a month out and it might be easier just to commit to Taylor's cabin for planning purposes. I wouldn't be able to pre-hike parsons spring until the weekend before the hang to make sure it's passable, which is a little late to make final decisions. I think the Sedona area would be nice that time of year. What do you all say, should we commit to Taylor's cabin using the route drewboy linked http://www.hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=755? My only concern would be the length of the hike for some people, but I'm thinking I might be the weakest link and given enough time I can make it. I routinely hike 5- 10 miles each weekend but not with a backpack on...I'll be fine
Roadtorque, I'm good with that plan. I should know within a couple of days if my work conflict will be an issue or not for me. One thing to keep in mind: if we get more than 5-6 hangers we may have to spread out a lot to find hanging spots. They are not as plentiful as up on the Rim.
Check out what one of our hangers did on our last trip there:
Good point Drewboy. I have never been to this area so thanks for the info. Although I enjoyed all the rain earlier this year it seems to be putting a kink in some desirable locations for our hangout.
I think we have the following commitments so far.
Longbow and Jacob
Rook and Redmarbleshoe
We have not heard a commitment from
I sent an email to 8 other Az hangers late last night. We will give them a few days to see if they commit.
Rook, you seemed to have the most up-to-date info on Parsons Spring. I know you mentioned high water now but what do you think about 4 weeks from now? A lot can change by then. It sounds like if we have more people commit (the more the better) then Taylors cabin wont work.
based on my experience, Parsons at Sycamore ck. has less hanging potential than Dogie at Sycamore ck.
IIRC, we had 6 hangers at Taylor cabin and it worked out great.
Despite being 10 miles from Dogie t/h to the cabin, it is a less than moderate scale hike with a bit of hilly terrain but no big gains. We could easily avoid the big gain/climb up Casner by making this an out-and-back hike. Casner mt. is not that impressive, IMHO.
OTOH, the Highline trail segment from 260 t/h to Christopher Creek (See Canyon) is a very nice 7 miles, and we could shuttle to Tonto creek to make a 17 mile overnight. This area has no shortage of trees. and water is everywhere, with good views into the Pleasant Valley below.