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Babe Haught from FR300 - Knoll Lake Loop, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 5.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,600 feet
Elevation Gain -308 feet
Accumulated Gain 621 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.86
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Author Grasshopper
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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by Grasshopper

Likely In-Season!
Page stats and the "Official Route" are from FR300. Follow Babe Haught Trail #143 to Knoll Lake, circle the lake, then return back on #143 for a lasso loop.

Here is a loop around the lake or a short beginner backpack to some nice and fairly remote campsites at the southeast/east end of Knoll Lake. Which sits at 7300' elevation on the Mogollon Rim. Knoll Lake is a 77 acre electric motor boat only fishing / canoeing / kayaking lake.

Our hike starts along FR300. For reference Babe Haught Trail below the rim is in the Tonto National Forest and numbered trail #42 down to the Tonto Fish Hatchery TH. Above the rim ( our hike ) is Coconino National Forest and numbered #143.

Follow #143 approximately 1.4 mi then turn left into the woods just before getting to the the southern cove of the lake. The southwest corner of the lake has a wide peninsula that separates two coves. We cut through the woods over to the west cove instead of following the bank as it is too steep along the edge in areas.

Cutting through the woods may or may not be on use-trails. A gps device with the Official Route is recommended. Upon arriving at the west cove you then circle the lake near the shore. Once again please note there is not a maintained trail. Use trails may be in areas. Nevertheless you should be able to stay near the lake until you circle back to the southern cove. Then return on Babe Haught Trail #43 back to your vehicle.

2008 Description from Hatchery to Lake
Here is a great shorter day hike, beginner backpack, or just a shorter backpack trip to some nice, and fairly remote campsites at the southeast/east end of 7300'elevation Mogollon Rim - Knoll Lake (a 77 acre electric motor boat only fishing/canoeing/kiaking lake).

This Babe Haught Trail#143 begins below the Mogollon Rim at the Tonto Fish Hatchery TH, so IF you follow my below directions to this alternate TH for the Babe Haught TR(on top of the Rim where it crosses Rim Road-FR300), you will cut-off ~2.7mls of the one way trail distance and most all of this trails' elevation gain for a sweet pay-off at the southeast end of scenic/fresh water Knoll Lake at GPS coordinates: N34.41831 W111.08952; There is one nice but less private campsite at this arrival waypoint, or a short hike on "use trails" further around the east end of the lake will offer 2-3 nicer and more remote backpacking campsites(with fire rings) to chose from.

Also, the ~1.5mls of cairned/marked and easy to follow trail through the large ponderosa pines (with 80% trail shade) and paralleling and crossing seasonal "Clear Creek" to this southeast end of Knoll Lake is a very plesant day hike or backpack.

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2008-08-31 Grasshopper
    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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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    Option 1 - West Access
    Take Hwy 87 to ~10.5mls north of Strawberry (at MP281.1) at the intersection of Hwy 87 & FR300; Take FR300 (the Rim Road) for ~24.9mls to this TH start location (recommended you use TH GPS coordinates N34.40259 W111.09673); Park just past TH start location on left (north) side of FR300 just in on closed FR 9715J;

    Option 2 - East Access
    Take Hwy 87 to Hwy 260 intersection in Payson; Take Hwy 260 east to intersection of FR300(Rim Road); Turn left/north on FR300 and continue for ~18.3mls to this TH start location (recommended you use TH GPS coordinates N34.40259 W111.09673);
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