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Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Sep 12 2020
ALMAL
Mtn Biking43.70 Miles
Mtn Biking43.70 Miles
14 LBS Pack
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Took the gravel bike out again loaded with camping gear and set out from Rim top trailhead at 6:25AM, only car in the lot. Headed down Woods Canyon Lake Trail with Bear Canyon lake as my destination. Turned left when I got to pavement and connected with the Rim road. This part of the Rim road is an interesting ride, having several distinct sections. Heading out from the end of pavement the right side of the road is heavily wash boarded, really bad. There were few cars so I mostly rode right down the middle of the road as the left side was deep gravel. Once you get past the Chevelon lake turnoff the road improves and you can really fly. Turned right just past the observation tower.The road back to the south end of the lake was slow going too. People camped everywhere including a huge gathering around the "no camping" signs. Followed another little trace back around connecting with 84 and rode down to the other end of the lake. Sooooo many people. Sooooo many atv's! Headed back out to the Rim road and returned the way I had come.
Lots of cars and dust later I arrived back at Rim Top trailhead. Had some lunch, hammock nap, and then back on the bike across the 260 and down the old rim road over to Young HWY, made a left then and back across at Horse Trap trailhead. Continued on down the rough old rim road where I encountered maybe 1,000 sheep and a big white dog that looked a lot like Blanco. No people, just sheep and a dog. Barely being noticed I rode on and made a left at 236. Followed that down about a mile, made another left and followed that down past a grouping of tanks finally arriving at Willow Springs dam. On the east side, followed a faint trail and not, down to the creek, where I quickly located a good camping spot. The hike-a-bike out Sunday morning was really no problem as I exited on the west side spillway and rode back via the trail and 235 back to Rim Top.
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