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Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2020
kingsnake
Hiking5.90 Miles 282 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.77 mph
282 ft AEG
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Every other time I hiked the Woods Canyon Lake loop I hiked it counterclockwise. Today I hiked it clockwise. Because a trail changes when you hike it the opposite direction, here’s what I noticed that was different:

First, there are two dry creek crossings at the west end of Woods Canyon Lake. Hiking clockwise, the southern of the two is Woods Canyon. The obvious, well worn, trail actually continues west, up canyon, through a dense False hellebore (corn lily) patch. It is easy to get wander off the “wrong” direction there, so look for the next blue diamond trail marker. 🔷

Second, there were a couple of downed trees across the trail at the west end of Woods Canyon Lake. One log near the second creek crossing was large enough that I could not climb over it. The other couple of trees were more easily avoided.

Finally, at a trail split on the north side of Woods Canyon Lake, there was a blue diamond with a black arrow pointing right. I started to go right, but then realized the next blue diamond was to the left. “Somehow”, the arrow sign had fallen off the upper nail, rotating it 180°. I did my best to put it back. Hard to get lost, though, if you always keep the shoreline on the same shoulder. 😉

I arrived at Woods Canyon Dam a little over an hour after I started at the bait shop. Looking south, down canyon, I followed a trail from the top of spillway to the canyon bottom, then across the cienega.

I stuck to the east side of the Woods Canyon, in the shade, as it was already getting warm. The first ½ mile, there was plenty of water in the creek, though the flow was imperceptible. The water often looked greasy, probably engine runoff from the lake. The few flowers were scattered Richardson’s geranium and western yarrow.

Woods Canyon tightened up after a ½ mile. Strollers will want to turn around at that point, however the trail continues for another ½ mile across scattered boulders, stagnant pools, bracken fern and false hellebore (corn lily) patches. Unlike nearby Willow Springs Canyon two weeks ago, none of the corn lily were blooming.

After a mile, the trail disappeared as Woods Canyon became bouldered up. (Difficult terrain which continues all the way down canyon, five more miles to the junction with Willow Springs Canyon and Chevelon Canyon.) The canyon walls are a climbable 100 ft. bluff; I elected instead to backtrack the trail. ↩️

Once back at Woods Canyon Dam, I followed the shoreline to the baitshop, where my wife was waiting for me with an ice cream drum stick and a hiking beer: A Budweiser, so I’m not sure if she loves me, or was trying to poison me. 🤔

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/467061775
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Saw one small cluster of Mexican silene on the loop trail; scattered western yarrow and Richardson's geranium below the dam.
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