Sycamore Trail Horseback Riding

The 39th most popular equestrian trail in Arizona.

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Near Prescott in the Chino Valley Ranger District, the Sycamore Trail (#63) is a 16.8 mile route open to horseback riding. This trail is the main access to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. It offers spectacular views of Sycamore Canyon and the surrounding red rock bluffs. It receives regular use by horseback riders and hikers. The trail ends at its junction with TR #70, Winter Cabin Trail, on the Coconino National Forest. TR #70 continues on to Winter Cabin, another 5.1 miles. As you approach it from the south trailhead, Taylor Cabin is located on the trail at about mile 9. Constructed of quarried sandstone by local ranchers in 1931, Taylor Cabin was used for many years as a winter line camp. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but is open to visitor use.

To reach the trailhead from Chino Valley, take the Perkinsville road (FR 354) approximately 23 miles to FR 181; take FR 181 east about 6 miles to Henderson Flat. Continue southeast for another 5 miles to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Boundary.

Trail layout: The lower section of trail is relatively level through Sycamore Basin at an elevation of about 4,500 ft. The trail approaches Sycamore Creek at about mile 5, and from there stays either in or close to the canyon bottom until about mile 11.2. Here the trail becomes Coconino National Forest Trail #70 and leaves the wilderness climbing over 2,000 ft. to Winter Cabin.

Overall, Sycamore Trail is the 39th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Sycamore Trail including Granite Mountain / Granite Basin, Old Military Trail, Groom Creek Loop, Sheridan Mountain / Smith Mesa, Thumb Butte and Seven Mile Gulch Trail.


Local Contact(s):  PNF (928) 777-2000 or 445-7253; Prescott Tourism (800) 266-7534; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816.

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Pleasant St. Inn (928) 445-4774

Luxury Loding:  Mt. Version Inn (928) 778-0886; Prescott Pines Inn (800) 541-5374.

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  34.9236, -112.0727

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  7/10/2016

ID:  17884


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