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Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2014
outdoor_lover
Hiking4.40 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
350 ft AEG
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Well...The Friends wanted to do Woods Canyon on a Saturday....Hmmmm.... :o

I decided to get there early for a couple of reasons...I might get lucky and find a place to Park and I thought I would get a little Birding in before they got there...I got one of the last Spots at the Store at 8:30 and my Friends were almost a half hour late due to "Traffic" and then they had to turn around and Park about a Mile away.... ;)

I had heard that the Bald Eagle Brood from this Year had fledged already (earlier than last year)and I was hoping to spot them somewhere around there today...And I did...But I heard them and had to follow the Sound to find them, as they were about 100 Yards off the Water on the opposite end of the Lake from where their Nest was.....I'm not surprised, as the Shoreline was Shoulder to Shoulder People and the Osprey couldn't even Fish, because the Lake was Wave after Wave of Boats as well...I surprised I saw anything at all...There wouldn't be much for Lake Landscapes today... :o

My Friends brought their 10 Year old Dog with, on a Leash...They didn't want to leave him in the RV at their Campsite, so away we went, going CW on this Trail this time...Hadn't even gotten a quarter Mile and another Dog, Off Leash, down by the Water, came up on the Trail and decided to try to have my Friends' Dog for Lunch..."Bailey" ended up with some light Punctures in his Neck before my Friend got them broken up...Of course, the other Dog Owner didn't see a Problem and was indignant when his Dog tried to go after Bailey again and my Friend tried to kick the Dog away....Just Stupidity in Action...I used to see it all of the Time...

Bailey seemed ok, after we flushed out his neck and my Friends decided to continue, so away we went again...We got about 1/4 of the way around and one of the Friends decided to turn around with Bailey and wait for us in the Picnic Area...It was a good idea...Old Dog, it was getting pretty warm, he wasn't drinking any Water and he was probably a little Shaky from his Encounter.... :(

The Rest of us continued around and got back just as the Daily Monsoon started cranking up....It was a little less crowded on the other side of the Lake which was nice and by the time we got around to the Dam, the Crowds had thinned out due to the threatening Clouds...

Enjoyed an awesome Sunset back at Camp, but the majority of the Storm went all the way around us, hitting a lot of the other areas of the State with heavy Wind, Rain and Lightning, including the Valley from what I understand....

Nice Hike with Friends but....I probably won't go anywhere near this Lake again on a Saturday...My Friends were shocked and I think they agree with me on that Point... :sweat:
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Mostly Cone Flowers....

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Woods Canyon Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
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