FR 527 runs from Garland Prairie through the Kaibab National Forest to intersect Secret Mountain (FR 538). The trail's western end is paved for a short stretch through private land. The trail jogs to the east at the Boy Scout Camp entrance, intermittently crossing private land and portions of the Coconino National Forest. The trail's only major obstacle emerges near Railroad Spring, a marshy area that is perpetually wet and muddy. Bogging here is highly likely. Mud terrain tires, 4WD, and momentum might get you through.
The trail's highlight is Volunteer Canyon, a side tributary of Sycamore Canyon. Just a short walk from the road is an ordinarily dry waterfall topped by volcanic basalt. The drop is several hundred feet. The multihued walls of Volunteer Canyon dramatically drop away. Only the Ponderosa pines on the canyon wall give scale to this dramatic geological display.
The trail east of Volunteer Canyon is well-maintained and suitable for 2WD.
There is minimal camping on this trail. One site near the eastern end was a well-laid-out hunter's camp.
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