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Willow Springs Lake Loop Snow2, AZ
mini location map2021-02-06
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Willow Springs Lake Loop Snow2, AZ 
Willow Springs Lake Loop Snow2, AZ
 
Snowshoeing avatar Feb 06 2021
BiFrost
Snowshoeing7.70 Miles 530 AEG
Snowshoeing7.70 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   1.79 mph
530 ft AEG   1 Hour   31 Mns Break
 
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Made another trip to Willow Springs Lake with the snow still deep enough for snowshoeing. Kathy wanted to see some before it melted and we accessed it from FR 148. The road was a snowy 2 track but found a nice place to park with good access to our loop. Basically, followed our same route from previous trip snowshoeing the ice covered lake when we could on the south side. The inlets still had thick ice to cross and the shoreline in spots. Eventually the lake opened up and we just followed the shoreline past the marina. We did see a few people ice fishing as we continued towards the dam and spillway. Then down the spillway and into Willow Springs Canyon. The canyon was again the highlight of the hike meandering through the puffy banks of snow along the creek. With faster travel this time we went a little further down canyon before taking our lunch break.

After lunch we headed back the same way towards the dam. Just before the dam we took a side track that looked like an old road. Good snow on the old road that eventually put us back on the dam road. We took another break on the north side of lake loop before continuing. There is a nice bike trail that we followed back to our starting point. The bike trail makes for a fun snowshoe trail with easy access to the lake at several points. We made it back to the vehicle about 330 and another good day on the snow!
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