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Woody Mountain L.O. Bike 'n' Hike, AZ
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Woody Mountain L.O. Bike 'n' Hike, AZ 
Woody Mountain L.O. Bike 'n' Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2018
azbackpackr
Hiking3.68 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking3.68 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   1.55 mph
791 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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I rode my bike from Route 66 to the turnoff for the road up the mountain. I locked my bike to a tree, changed into hiking shoes, then hiked up the closed road to the historic lookout. Then I hiked down, changed back into clippy shoes, unlocked the bike, fixed a flat tire, and rode back to Route 66. I am calling this a "training adventure." I expect to be doing a number of these over the next couple of months. I have a rack on the back of the bike to carry my hiking shoes. (Bike route here, but linking to and from did not work for me this time, so I am posting only the "to." [ gps route ] )

It's a pleasant hike, very easy. However, I was tired from riding my bike there, and from hiking Mt. Elden the day before, AND from lack of adaptation to the altitude. (This last issue is taking me longer this year. I have been living in Flag for 10 days.)

You are supposed to call for permission to cross DK Ranch property. But there is no one around there, and it looked like the road is almost never used, since there were no tracks at all on it. You walk through the ranch property, and eventually get back into the NF again up on the mountain. DK Ranch has a pretty big inholding.

The 360 degree view from the top of the tower is really great, but it was hard to enjoy it because I was hanging on for dear life due to the wind! I quickly snapped photos and climbed down. I don't know if the tower will be in use later on in the season, or if it is decommissioned. I found a stump to sit on to eat my lunch. Hiked back down, and rode my bike back to Route 66.

I'm linking this to Jim's "Woody Mountain from Griffith's Springs" hike, although I didn't go the same way. Destination was the same, though.
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