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Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   3.06 mph
500 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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I was looking for a place to hike on the Rim that wasn't closed due to fire danger, so I opted to go to Willow Springs Canyon.

I did an inverted CCW lollipop loop that started and ended at the Horse Trap TH. This TH is on the north side of 260, just across from where the road to Young goes off to the south of 260.

My route followed some forest roads, most of which seemed to be on the Willow Springs Bicycle Loop Trail.

The trails were flat and wide, so this was an easy hike and one in which you could maintain a brisk pace if you wanted.

I started at 7:30 AM and finished just after noon, and the temperatures were quite pleasant.

Willow Springs Canyon is very nice -- I went about 1 1/2 miles below the dam, up to the point where the vegetation was getting thick.

I saw a fox cross one of the forest roads ahead of me. In the canyon I saw some ducks and got within about 15' of a turkey. I also saw a couple of osprey nests in the canyon, along with lots of elk and deer tracks.

All in all, this is a pleasant easy hike.
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