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Highline - Woods - Willow Spring Lakes Loop, AZ
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Highline - Woods - Willow Spring Lakes Loop, AZ 
Highline - Woods - Willow Spring Lakes Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking21.02 Miles 2,188 AEG
Hiking21.02 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   2.61 mph
2,188 ft AEG      30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Escaped the valley to the cool air, pines and lakes of the Rim. :y:

I had never seen Willow Springs Lake, so I needed to bake that into the loop. A 40% chance of rain scared some away, but temps were perfect all day, with just a few sprinkles.

We were the second truck at the 260 Trailhead when we started around 7:30. The eastern end of the Highline affords some nice views of the rim as it rollercoasters towards the Drew Trail #291, 4 miles away.

The Drew Trail was the only extended climb for the day at 800' in less than a mile. We made our way through the people camping, over to the first of the easy bushwhacks for the day, Woods Canyon, a tributary of the lake.

Next a fun favorite, the Woods Canyon Lake Trail. I've always liked this easy stroll around this picturesque lake. There were others out enjoying the day, but not in the numbers I expected. Stopped and took pictures of the kids, to see how their family was doing, and then headed past the dam into Woods Canyon on the east side of the lake.

Woods Canyon is an easy walk with use trails for the most part where we hiked. 2+ miles into it we made the short steep climb out and made our way across some scattered pine and meadow area and into Willow Spring Canyon. Getting up to the lake is easiest by following the spillway. I was not as impressed with Willow Spring Lake.

It started sprinkling a bit on us as we made the rest of the journey on the Rims Lake Vista Trail and then made our way back on the Military Sinkhole Trail.

I love the rim hikes and another good hike up there, with interesting conversations with Karl and Ray. Thanks for driving Karl.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Fork Woods Canyon Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Willow Springs Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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