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Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon Rim, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Heber
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,500 feet
Elevation Gain -94 feet
Accumulated Gain 382 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.81
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15  2018-08-11
Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole
10  2018-08-11
Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole
14  2018-06-02
Woods Canyon / Bear Canyon Lakes
11  2018-05-22 cactuscat
10  2017-10-18 Yoder
11  2017-09-03 TJHIKER
10  2017-08-31 kingsnake
6  2017-08-19
Woods Rim Loop
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:29am - 5:40pm
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Meadow Trail #505
Meadow Trail #505
0.2 mi away
1.7 mi
160 ft
Woods Canyon Lake Campground
0.2 mi away
Woods Canyon - Mogollon Rim
Woods Canyon - Mogollon Rim
0.3 mi away
6.1 mi
-440 ft
Spillway Campground
0.3 mi away
Aspen Campground
0.4 mi away
Rim Lake Vista Trail #622
Rim Lake Vista Trail #622
1.1 mi away
3.5 mi
-100 ft
Aspen Trail #411 - Mogollon Rim
Aspen Trail #411 - Mogollon Rim
1.7 mi away
5.5 mi
Carr Lake TH to Military Sinkhole
Carr Lake TH to Military Sinkhole
1.7 mi away
9.5 mi
262 ft
Highline Trail #31
Highline Trail #31
1.8 mi away
54.7 mi
8,400 ft
Military Sinkhole Trail #179
Military Sinkhole Trail #179
1.8 mi away
2.8 mi
1,090 ft
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by msequea

Loop hike around the lake.

See this triplog for 2015 price to rent a kayak.

Made this hike with a first trimester pregnancy (my wife!) and our year and a half baby (27lbs.) in a TREK baby backpack. The week before opening (April 28) the campgrounds were open and we hiked the entire way around the lake. I'd say that the last two snows and rain last week did some damage to an otherwise fairly easy hike. Parts of the trail were washed away and made for some moderate bouldering/climbing. Not recommended for those with small children, who rarely hike or who don't have four hours or so. There are three or so places where you can find an outhouse along the way. No water or other supplies except at the dock store where you park.

The trail does go completely around the lake and included a few places where we had to cross snowdrift. If you stay near the water or on the clear parts of the trail you cannot get lost. As the trail follows the lake and it's feeder streams there are a couple places you have to go a bit of a ways up a stream in order to cross and walk back to the lake. Only saw two sets of people once we got beyond the first half mile. Very beautiful and scenic. About 5.5 miles round trip but seemed longer due to the ups and downs and scrambling. Highly recommended and enjoyable. With all the lose pine needles, etc. and rougher parts of the trail I'd recommend hiking boots although my wife did it in cross-trainer tennis shoes with only a bit of slippage.

Near the dam (to the right of the boat dock) there is a nice area with small waterfalls to sit (or sit under!) and enjoy the view as well as the cool mist. In the summer it may have more people or they may not be letting out water but it's worth a try and it's easy to miss if you just skirt the lake and don't follow the outlet till it drops into the meadow below!

    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Payson take State Highway 260 to Forest Road 300, drive 3 miles on Forest Road 300 to Woods Canyon Lake entrance road. Begin the hike by crossing the dam near Spillway Campground.
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