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Fool Hollow Lake Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Alpine > Show Low
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,269 feet
Elevation Gain 48 feet
Accumulated Gain 319 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.81
Interest Historic
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2  2018-03-11 Tortoise_Hiker
3  2017-09-09 fricknaley
16  2017-07-03
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
7  2013-07-28 trailzrus
11  2012-06-09 trailzrus
5  2011-09-05 klodhopper73
5  2011-07-01 trailzrus
Author black_toes
author avatar Guides 4
Routes 51
Photos 1,545
Trips 348 map ( 1,247 miles )
Age 81 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Dec, Jan, May
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:04am - 6:26pm
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shallow lake over Adair
by black_toes

This trail is located in the 800-acre Fool Hollow Recreation Area, about three miles northwest of downtown Show Low. It arcs in a sloppy "U" around the southern end of the shallow 150-acre lake which has an average depth of 23 feet. Located in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the park was opened in 1994 and is managed by Arizona State Parks. A picnic area with five ramadas, boat ramp and three fishing docks dominates the western shore with a campground, boat ramp, two fishing docks and a store on the remote east side. The store sells snacks, drinks, bait and fishing equipment as well as renting canoes and kayaks.

A pleasant and almost effortless walk. This flat path runs at lake's edge from the boat ramp on the western shore to the boat ramp on the eastern side. The western trailhead begins without signage just below the Bluebird picnic area on a cement walkway that leads down to a fishing dock from the parking lot. From there the trail turns south for a half mile before coming to Wildlife Island, a great spot for bird watching and photography. In October of 2013, with the lake level down 5-10 feet, it was an island in name only. I counted 67 ducks in one small area, most of them mallards but a few redheads too. The southeast corner of the lake opens up into a meadow, painted in color, I suspect, during wildflower season. The trail swings back north and up a small incline into a forested area before coming to the boat dock and the end of the trail.

Submerged beneath the lake is the town of Adair. It is named for a farmer, Thomas Jefferson Adair, an Indianan who settled in the area in 1885. Locals said only a fool would try to farm there. Thus the name "Fool Hollow," so the story goes.

Hiking, biking, jogging, fishing, motor boating, kayaking and canoeing, bird watching, stargazing and, I suppose SCUBA, if you have a hankering to find old Adair.

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2013-10-11 black_toes

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Fool Hollow Lake Trail
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    in the early evening we headed back out to Fool Hollow Lake to check that out before going for some brews and grub at Pinetop Brewing

    this is a very scenic place. still a decent amount of big yellow flowers around the lake. lotta birds and ducks. awesome clouds. very nice place!
    Fool Hollow Lake Trail
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    Early morning arrival at the lake for our overnight stay.
    Checked in, set up camp & loaded up for a hike around the park.
    I had stayed at the park 6 weeks earlier and had a good familiarization of the area, spent the morning showing my 2 partners everything. We hiked from our campsite around to the other side of the lake up to the dam then back.
    Lots of people being the weekend, the lake & park looked great and we had some scenic cloudy skies above towards the end.
    Good start to our weekend!

    Lots of colors around the lake.
    Fool Hollow Lake Trail
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    After a month now of enduring the Frye Fire, smoke & heat ..... I needed to get away for a night!
    Had never visited Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low before and decided on a quick overnight.

    Salt River Canyon - Spent about an hour at the crossing rest stop checking out the area. Walked the old bridge over then down to the river. The Salt was not flowing much, but was still a cool sight from above and below.

    Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area (state park) - Arrived early and spent the first 4 hours hiking the entire park. Walked the Lake Trail and through all the campgrounds & day use areas. This is one nice park, 5 stars from me!
    At noon I checked in to my campsite (bald eagle loop #24) and got camp all set up before spending the rest of the day and evening walking the lake and visiting with others including the friendly staff. There were a TON of people there with all campgrounds full, but that was OK and expected being the 4th of July weekend.
    Night came and I spent it with an unexpected campfire (no fire restrictions for Apache-Sitgreves right now) :o
    dinner and a little star photography before an early bed.

    Awoke at 5am, packed up and headed out back home. Before leaving the cool high pine country, I completed a short morning hike along the Buena Vista Trail just outside of town.
    Show Low, Fool Hollow & my hike were all beautiful, I hated to leave after just 1 day, but will be back for a more extended stay in the future!

    Permit $$
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    2018 Day Use Fees range from $2–$30

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From downtown Show Low, follow the main drag, Deuce of Clubs, to the junction of highways 60 and 77 with 240. Take a right onto 240 and travel two miles before taking a right onto Old Linden Road. From there, go a half mile north, then turn left into the park on North Fool Hollow Lake road. A sign at the intersection says "Fool Hollow Recreation Area." The entrance is about 3/10 of a mile in, and the trailhead at Bluebird picnic area is about another 7/10 of a mile.
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