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Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon Rim
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mini location map2012-11-03
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Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2012
Hiking10.00 Miles 884 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.54 mph
884 ft AEG24 LBS Pack
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Well what can I say about willow springs canyon.. Starts off nice and mellow with a stinky (sulphur as previously stated) green creek to follow. Honestly the area is quite nice, the meadow and the calm water make for a very serene experience, but this is the spot that lulls you to sleep per say, as to whats to come.. The more you press on the more difficult it tends to get. Forget any version of a trail short of one made by the local game. Mostly an ankle/knee breaking jump from rock to duck under fallen log.. Oh yes,it is worth mention, that the amount of dead fall encountered during this hike is formidable... You absolutely need to be sure of your route finding skills on this one. Lots of stopping and looking for the "path of least resistance" involved. We logged 5 miles of zig zagging rock to rock, and bank to bank, to finally find a decent place to set up camp. Of course we passed many established ones on the way back..But hey theres something to be said about icicles snagging up your zipper when you're trying to get out of your tent in the morning(I really need to buy a sleeping bag). Hiked out in the same fashion. No real WOW factor or amazing views, but the solitude is what all the pain makes worth while. Not a soul, though we did encounter all the "grow materials" mentioned in Chumleys trip log. We found most lines cut and all trash to have been there for some time. So don't worry yourselves there. Just know it gets pretty rugged really fast.
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