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Dorsey Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.4 mile 3.8 kilometer point to point
89% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 37' 11 m
Descent: -747' -228 m
High: 6,856' 2,090 m
Low: 6,147' 1,874 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by John Maurizi

A very nice trail ascending/descending from the rim of Sycamore Canyon.

John Maurizi

Features Spring · Views

Check with the Coconino Ranger district for current campfire restrictions.

Description

This trail does not offer any scenic views, but it is a pleasant run to a spike and campsite. Often done as part of a loop run with Kelsey Spring Trail, it's a long day run or a nice one-night backpacking trip. Park you vehicle (high clearance 4x4 required) at the intersection of U.S.Forest Service road 538G and 538E. You can also turn left off 538G onto 538E and drive to the trailhead but it could be a difficult drive.

The Dorsey Trail starts off wide and eventually narrows as it descends toward Sycamore Canyon. It does get steep toward the end. I passed a Forest Service trail crew of about 10 rangers working on the trail. I thanked every one of them and continued. At the end of the trail is a sign post marking the intersection with the Kelsey Spring Trail.. Just before this on the left is Dorsey Spring.

There is a very nice camping area to the right a little way down the trail from the spring. Practice LNT principles and know the current conditions and campfire restrictions. When I was there is was a "red flag" day meaning fire danger was very high and all campfires were prohibited.

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This is the trailhead for Dorsey Spring Trail (right) and Hog Hill Trail (left).
Jul 10, 2017 near Kachina…, AZ
Dorsey Spring traverses established forest on a pleasant tread.
Jul 10, 2017 near Kachina…, AZ
Dorsey Spring is but a trickle out of this pipe.
Jul 10, 2017 near Parks, AZ
This backcountry campsite is located near Dorsey Spring.
Jul 10, 2017 near Parks, AZ

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