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Woods Canyon - UpperFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 05 2010
The_Eagle
Canyoneering11.50 Miles 2,509 AEG
Canyoneering11.50 Miles   9 Hrs   39 Mns   1.19 mph
2,509 ft AEG
 
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THIS WAS ONE SWEET HIKE!

First - If you are driving a car, don't even consider driving past the parking area right next to I-17 at exit 315.
Second - If it's at all wet or there's a chance of it being wet, I don't think 4x4 will even help you. If it's dry, high clearance is cool for the brave. All others, hike the extra 4 miles round trip.
Third - If you are a hiker and not a climber/canyon mad man/woman, prepare for some mighty sore quads the next day.

Make sure to follow the GPS track to drop into the first little canyon that roughly travels north to reach Woods Canyon, or else you might get to a spot you can not enter easily.

Prepare for 12 miles of boulder hopping your way to some of the Best Views in the State of Arizona. Also prepare to get wet. On this day we had 3 waders and 2 swimmers each direction. A Dry Bag is just about mandatory, and a nice Wallyworld float might help on especially the 1st swimmer.

The views are un matched... WOW....The carved and weathered red rocks, the green trees, the blue skies, and we were lucky enough for Fraley to make an appearance on the way out to keep it a bit cooler.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvGQK8n2kDo

Heard some elk bugling in the morning, a raptor calling out, a Garter and my first Arizona Mountain King Snake.

Made it to the Indian Ruins and started eating some lunch while Bob aka "Boulder Bob" aka "Bobby Goat" tried to find a way (with no luck) up the cliff to the Ruins.

The hike back up the canyon was just as beautiful. My quads really started getting rubbery on the way back, butt my two close hiking buddies were patient with me. Joe is normally the butt of the jokes on the hikes, butt this time is was my turn to be the butt of the jokes.

Thanks for the great time gentlemen..... and Dinner Bobby.
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