I was heading up to Pine to drop off some family so it was a perfect opportunity to get the wife and kids out on the trails.
We got to Woods canyon lake at 10:00am and were greeted to a TON of people The parking lot was full and they had lot attendants out managing traffic. The attendant told me that I could park in the dirt at the ends of the spaces if my car would fit. I went to check it out. As I pulled into the lot what?!?! an empty spot Parked and got everyone outfitted with packs, cameras and sunscreen. After cutting through the campgrounds we got to the start of our hike(at least the start of my hike. the hike started at the car to my wife and kids )
At the dam we dropped down into the canyon. Everything is very green I only hope it will stay that way. I chose this hike because there is a lot to see and it's fairly flat. At about the 1 mile mark my youngest started complaining about her pack "It's SOOOO heavy" "It's scratching my arms" after about 20min I gave in. I strapped the pack to my front and I still had mine on my back. I've carried much heavier packs but the way that the weight was sitting on my body was just killing me but we push on. As long as it kept the wife and kids happy and hiking it was worth it
This is a great trail. The first time I went 2012 this canyon was untouched. The only trails were game trails but it has become more popular. There is now a well worn trail deep into the canyon with lots of foot prints. There are a few places where people have carved in trees and rocks, in one spot some kids have cut down a perfictly heathy tree. On this hike we ran into 4 groups of people. Even with the increace in trafic this area is still pretty prestine. I hope it stays that way