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235 Road Trail, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,551 feet
Elevation Gain 30 feet
Accumulated Gain 60 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.3
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3  2021-08-06
Woods Loop
15  2021-07-22 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 95
Routes 228
Photos 9,129
Trips 719 map ( 6,565 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → 7 AM
Sun  6:13am - 6:18pm
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Historic Fire Perimeteracres
🔥 2006 Rim38.4 mi*

Bike the Boring Part
by kingsnake

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235 Road Trail was once FR 235 and, apparently, FR 502 as well. But now the mesa (?) -- or whatever the land type is between the top of Wood Canyon and the top of Willow Springs Canyon -- is completely vehicle-free. (Except vehicles on official business.) The gate is locked.

There are old jeep trails all over the "mesa", but most of them were decommissioned decades ago. They show x'd out on the Apache-Sitgreaves website and as a hard-to-read light grey dashes on FS Topo. Even if you know where they were, you could easily walk by them if you are not looking. 235 Road Trail is obvious, though.

And straight.

And flat.

And rocky, though despite other online reports, you don't need to worry about ankle breakers.

I mean, the woods are nice and mostly untouched by fire. And there are some flowers, particularly fleabane and, near the trailhead, coneflower. So, less experienced hikers might enjoy the easy stroll. But otherwise, it is boring. On the other hand ...

The payoff is awesome!

Great views, particularly of Chevelon Canyon and Willow Springs Canyon, but Woods Canyon as well. (Though take care near the OPs, as it's a 400 ft. sheer drop to the canyon bottom.) I marked a few OPs: You will surely find others. Any one of them would make a great picnic spot.

Also, the "mesa" is a wildlife area, but I only saw birds and lizards. Plenty of elk poo, though!

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2021-07-22 kingsnake
    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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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    You know the way: We've all been there a billion times before. Drive up to Payson. Head east on 260. At the top of the Rim, turn left onto Rim Rd. Immediately turn right into the parking area with the stinky pit toilets.
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