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Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2013
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Hiking3.72 Miles 603 AEG
Hiking3.72 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.11 mph
603 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Sidenote; interesting that HAZ route I posted shows 22 mins in breaks in 3.72 miles where Scout shows 37 mins in breaks in 3.65 miles. Also HAZ shows 2.11 overall moving avg vs Scout's 2.4 (1.7 overall).

This hike was Part II of our hiking day as we had completed the up and down of the Military Sinkhole Trail :) and had our nice lunch out on the Rim :D . After a couple circles in the parking lot we finally found a spot to park.

Apparently you head down part of the Meadow Trail; not sure where it banches off at as we were headed to the spillway and dam. Mia couldn't understand why people weren't swimming but as far as I know this is a fishing lake. We made our way across the dam and up to the north side of the lake. It looks like they've revamped the trail a bit since I was last here in 2006 but after 8 years who remembers for sure.

The trail is nice and wide with blue chevrons every few seconds it seemed. I seem to recall us hiking closer to the lake before. In fact as we're hiking along I realize we've missed a finger of the lake as I thot there were two you hiked down and around. Next time I am going to hike closer to the lake. We kept our eyes out for the eagles nest and eventualy saw 3 tripods across the way and figured they were looking at the eagles. We made our way north at the edge of the finger and climb somewhat into a higher area above the lake before coming back down to the finger's end. Here is where the climate changes to somewhat tropical :budrose: .

We spent a small bit of time enjoying this area's lushness and flora. It really is so pretty. Then you head south on the other side of the finger. Soon we encountered the area with the 3 tripods which held 3 telescopes; pick your size. The biologist manning the scopes was quite nice and informative. There were two eaglets in the nest that had just been fed and the parents were out. He also told us about the detour we would encounter.

At the end of the lake we ran into a couple hikers and their dog who almost lost the trail as they were caught up in the beauty of the area but they saw where we were and realized the error. We headed up the trail and around the detour that takes you up to a road, oh joy :sk: ! You hike the road for a piece before you come into the Rocky Point campground area where you walk the pavement a bit before coming to the area across from the parking lot.

Here is the video of our hike around the lake and of the eaglets (tho not much action): http://youtu.be/nMgSNXpgIa0

It's a nice little hike in nice temperatures with enough to keep you entertained. It was a great day to finish off our hiking day :DANCE: .
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