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Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, AZ

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Trailhead Elevation 6,344 feet
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Fool Hollow State Park Campground
16  2017-07-03 SkyIslander18
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The park along the lake, located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, opened in 1994 as a result of cooperation between the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Parks, Arizona Game and Fish and the city of Show Low in partnership with Arizona Public Service and McCarty Construction Company. Today, visitors can camp among the tall pines and hike along the lake at a cool 6,300 feet in elevation. Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a popular place.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
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    3am departure from Pima with Addie to meet Lauren in Globe.
    Met up with Lauren at 5am, loaded everything into 1 vehicle and took off up Hwy 60 towards Show Low.
    First stop along the way was at Seneca Lake. The "ghost town" tour out front was way cool and the lake was nicer than expected. The sunrise was watched here before continuing on.
    Next stop was made at Salt River crossing. We walked down to the river then over the foot bridge. River was flowing good and another quick stop was made at the north overlook for the scenic views.
    Then it was a straight shot to Show Low and Fool Hollow Rec Area. We checked in to our campsite for the stay at Cinnamon Teal Loop #13 - One of the coolest developed campsites I have ever stayed at, well kept and with a great view down onto the lake below.
    With everything in place, the plan was to just have ourselves a great relaxing weekend ..... and the plan worked!
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    Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
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    Before settling in to our campsite for the night, we decided on a quick one hour canoe rental.
    With Lauren in front, Addie in the middle & myself "the captain" in the back, we paddled our way about 1 mile up the east side finger of the lake & back. I have not canoed in many, many years and had just a wonderful time!
    We then returned back to camp in time to photograph an awesome sunset before settling in for the night with a campfire, dinner & laughs.
    Good Times on the lake!
    Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
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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!

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To car camp trip
    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.
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