If you catch it at the right time Sycamore Falls will make you feel like a kid again exploring all of the ins and outs of the area. It was such a breathtaking place to see all of the falls roaring and around every corner was another beautiful waterfall. I went to the falls expecting just to see Sycamore Falls and was blown away by five falls roaring down the valley.
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Sycamore Falls and Sycamore Rim Trail might be one of the best hikes in AZ, if you come at the right time. This hike can be as short or as long as you want it to be. I felt like it was more of a choose your own adventure experience where you walk around, picnic, take in the different falls and enjoy yourself vs. some strenuous hike on a time schedule.
As someone who loves long hikes, I really don’t think the 11.1 miles is necessary vs. walking 2-6 miles exploring around, taking in the views, finding areas to go down closer to the water, play around the waterfalls and just go at your own pace. The main beautiful area with the five falls is all within a mile of each other and from there you can of course go around the entire loop or have fun and explore on your own time.
The only unfortunate thing with the hike is that the falls can be non-existent the majority of the year. You really have to get lucky with timing of the year, snow run-off etc as in March there were five falls flowing like crazy, only for them to not be flowing in April. Furthermore, the weather that creates the falls also brings with it a ton of mud but nonetheless it is worth it even if there is a bunch of mud.
Even the drive leading up the falls is filled with a ton of beauty and incredible picture taking spots. My #1 recommendation is to take your time and stop the car wherever and whenever something catches your eye. I would much rather spend 5+ hours sightseeing and exploring vs. the 11.1 mile loop. There is so much beauty to see on the drive and around the falls themselves. It is a stunning area with Sycamore Canyon stretching for 21 miles.