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Potato Lake, AZ
mini location map2018-09-02
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Potato Lake, AZ 
Potato Lake, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2018
Hiking5.74 Miles 669 AEG
Hiking5.74 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.27 mph
669 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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Hiked closed forest roads to Potato Lake. So green!!

We took FR 9362T off of the 300 and parked at the “road closed” sign. Following the remains of a rocky two-track, the route descends toward the lake through some incredible forest and fern! There are a couple of by-passes to miss fallen trees etc but the route is pretty straight forward.

At 1.5miles, veer right onto FR 147B. After a little ways, you’ll come to a T. If you want to go directly to Potato Lake go to the left. We chose to take a side trip to the right. It lead us to another meadow, some water (what we called Spud Pond) and a nice stretch of forest. We also ran into a bull who kept an eye on us!

We returned the way we came and headed off to the lake. Looks like they are busy putting up more fencing. The last stretch to the lake you walk along a wire fence. A blog I read about this area said that it provides habitats for the endangered Little Colorado spinedace and Mexican spotted owl. The fences may offer some additional protection??

Soon you’ll see the road and sign for Potato Lake (people can drive to the lake)
Ringed with pines, the lake’s water level varies depending on rainfall.
Return the way you came.

Overall a great hike!

Getting there: From Payson, go 27.7 miles north on State Route 87 to Forest Road 300 (Rim Road). Go 1.7 miles on FR 300 to FR 9362T on the left. If you have a high-clearance vehicle drive down on the rough dirt road (you’ll see a primitive campsite on your left) The hike begins at the “road closed” sign at the north end of the site.

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