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Name: Sycamore Canyon Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating:(based on two votes)
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (Moderate) 2014 Update: see comments below.
Time: 1 - 2 hours Region: SE Arizona
Length: 5.0 miles (one way) Elevation gain/loss/change: +1470 / -1470 ft / +0 ft (Loop)
Type: Loop Avg Elevation: 5000 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: November, 2004
Short Description: This is a short loop that can be done while traveling Gunsight Pass or Helvetia
Geocaches:Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's just a few. Top Notch; Rosemont Rest; Rolling Hills
References / Contact Information: Gunsight Pass; Arizona Game and Fish;
Points of interest: Gunsight Pass; nice views, old mines.
Special Considerations: Trail not traveled much.
How to get there: From Tucson, take I-10 east to exit 281, then drive 12 miles south on Hwy 83 to the Rosemont Junction trail on the right. Click here for directions. See Gunsight Pass adventure for directions to get to the trailhead.

Trail Description

November 2015 Update: I received good information that this trail has now been closed and more closures to come in the area.

This is a short loop that can be done while exploring either Gunsight Pass or Helvetia. It's not well traveled, but isn't too tough. It's a nice trail, but nothing spectacular.

General Information and History

I don't know the history of this particular trail. For the history of the area see the Gunsight Pass and Helvetia adventures.

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The Trail

November 2015 Update: I received good information that this trail has now been closed and more closures to come in the area.

2014 Update: Trail has become more difficult in recent years. See comments below.The trail starts just west of Gunsight Pass. Time and distance shown above does not include getting to the trailhead. If you come in from the east, continue heading northwest after reaching Gunsight Pass (Waypoint 008). The Sycamore Canyon Trail starts at Waypoint 009 (there was a sign last time we visited the area).

Take a right onto Sycamore Canyon Trail. The trail immediately heads back east until you reach Waypoint 0010 after 0.6 miles. I believe the road to the right intersects a road that you can access just east of Gunsight Pass. Keep going straight to continue through Sycamore Canyon.

Continue straight on Sycamore Canyon at Waypoint 0011 (2.3 miles). Keep left to stay on Sycamore Canyon at Waypoint 0012 (2.6 miles). The Forest Service map shows this road heading down to Highway 62, but I don't know if it goes all the way through.

At Waypoint 0012, you can keep left to complete the loop back to the start, or go right to head down to Helvetia and out through Sahuarita.

Whatever you choose to do, have fun and be safe!

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January, 2015:
I did gunsite pass then sycamore canyon according to your descriptions Dec 30th 2014. At WP012 on the sycamore canyon map we took a right to head to Helvitia Rd and back to Sahurita via FR 4050 and that road dead ended at a guys ranch. Not wanting to risk meeting an angry homeowner we didnt go through the gate to the road 200yds on the other side of his property. That made a long way back out. The roads were fine.

[Experience Arizona Comment]: The road as described in the adventure is still open.

December 2014:
Matt...We did Sycamore Canyon on Nov 12, 2014 and found places to be extremely difficult, the road had almost washed away in places and took a number of tries to get through in another section. We all have decent jeeps, ours is a 2012 Rubicon and we are putting it on our list of places we don't plan on visiting again.

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