After exploring Tuzigoot National Monument I headed out of the site and back towards Cottonwood. However, just before I came to the Verde River I turned onto a road, Sycamore Canyon Road, for the drive to Sycamore Canyon and the Parsons Trail. The road got increasingly rougher the farther along I drove and ended at the trailhead parking area and a nice overlook of Sycamore Canyon.
The hike began with a steep descent to the canyon bottom where there were lots of deciduous trees including the canyon's namesake Arizona sycamores. I followed a stream up the canyon eventually coming to a gushing spring called Summers Spring.
The scenery on the return was just as beautiful as on the trip up the canyon.