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Kelsey Spring Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.7 mile 9.1 kilometer point to point
84% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 994' 303 m
Descent: -1,322' -403 m
High: 6,616' 2,017 m
Low: 5,928' 1,807 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by John Maurizi

A moderate to difficult trail, depending on direction you run, along the rim of Sycamore Canyon.

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Features Spring · Views

A high clearance vehicle is needed to reach the trailhead. Check with the Coconino Ranger Station about campfire restrictions.

Description

To access the Kelsey Spring Trail, park at the end of Forest Service Road 538G. There is a parking area for about 6-7 cars. Just past the signage for the trail, which is also called Kelsey Winter Trail, there is a trail registration box. Be sure to sign in.

The trail descends steeply for the first half mile then eases up when you reach Kelsey Spring. Here, the trail makes a sharp left and rolls through the forest, passing several very nice campsites until you reach Babe's Spring. This spring appeared to be flowing pretty good. There is a sign and wood cover protecting the spring somewhat.

After this point, you get your first glimpse of Sycamore Canyon, although, it is not that great. The trail exits the forest for a short time with better views. After about 2.8 miles, you reach the trail junction with the Dorsey Spring Trail. This is a good option a loop, running up Dorsey to the road and following 538G back to your car.

Pass Dorsey Spring Trail continuing south through the forest. You'll exit the forest again at a large volcanic plug on the right and a line of vertical cliffs to the left. This area is fully exposed to the sun and can be very over grown with stiff holly brush. The trail begins a steady descent into the forest and about another 2.8 miles from the Dorsey Spring Trail, you'll reach the end at Winter Cabin Trail. This is a great place to camp for the night with a return trip the way you came or a long day run the same way or you can make a loop with Hog Hill Trail and the Dorsey Trail.

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This old winter cabin barely stands along the Hog Hill Trail.
Jul 10, 2017 near Parks, AZ
Sycamore Canyon is quite beautiful any time of year.
Jul 10, 2017 near Parks, AZ
Babe's Spring is (somewhat) safeguarded by these wooden planks.
Jul 10, 2017 near Parks, AZ
Looking north from the Kelsey Spring Trail, enjoy this pleasant view.
Jul 10, 2017 near Parks, AZ
Dorsey Spring is but a trickle out of this pipe.
Jul 10, 2017 near Parks, AZ
This is another great campsite along the Kelsey Spring Trail.
Jul 10, 2017 near Parks, AZ

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