Sycamore Canyon Trail #40
ElevationAscent: 635' 193 m
Descent: -635' -193 m
High: 4,011' 1,223 m
Low: 3,490' 1,064 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A hidden gem in far southern Arizona—run along a beautiful creek through a craggy canyon with abundant wildlife!”— Almonzo Wilder
The route starts at the site of the Hank and Yank Ruins, which is now nothing more than an adobe wall from early settlers to the area in the 1880's. From here, the trail heads down-canyon, and quickly enters a lush riparian area fed by springs. A path will be evident in some points, especially in the first half mile, but generally the route simply heads downstream in the creek bed.
After 20-30 minutes of running, the canyon tightens and enters a narrow rock gorge surrounded by craggy pinnacles. The stream forms beautiful pools and riffles, and wildflowers can be quite good. At a couple points you'll have to choose between wading in the stream or scrambling around on rock ledges, but the traveling is typically easy with no dangerous or exposed scrambling required.
The stream intermittently appears and disappears in dry seasons, and passes through a forest of sycamore, ash and other trees squeezed incongruously among dry desert hillsides. Eventually, the canyon opens up and dries out a bit. In the lower canyon, saguaros dot the hillside, and the stream is less and less likely to be flowing. Turn around whenever seems right, but the Mexican border marks the absolute end of the line.
Land Manager: USFS - Coronado National Forest Office
Jun 5, 2019: Prescribed burn continues on Safford Ranger District
Jun 3, 2019: Prescribed burning in Gardner Canyon