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Wood Willow Springs Canyon Loop, AZ
mini location map2021-06-12
12 by photographer avatarhikerdw
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Wood Willow Springs Canyon Loop, AZ 
Wood Willow Springs Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2021
hikerdw
Hiking10.29 Miles 726 AEG
Hiking10.29 Miles   6 Hrs      2.09 mph
726 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
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Started from the Rim Top TH. Plan was to hike out on the Bike Trail about 1.5 miles, then cross over and drop down into Woods Canyon, hike the upper part of Woods and the entire Willow Springs canyons, completing the loop via a faint FR back to the TH. I had several alternate drop down points and bail out points identified as backup, but none were needed.

We both really enjoyed this canyon loop hike. On a difficulty scale I'd give it 3.5, maybe 4 if unprepared and inexperienced in canyon hiking. The drop down point was the big question but I got lucky with my guesstimate. A little steep at the top but a quarter of the way down I saw a nice looking game trail that we jumped on and zigged our way to the bottom. Woods Canyon is easy canyon hiking with no water, a wide floor, and very large, stable rocks to hop across. We saw 4 very large elk gracefully cross in front of us all sporting large antler racks. We were moving so good that we missed the Willow Springs Canyon junction and had to backtrack a bit but no worries.

Hello Willow Springs Canyon. A lot different than Woods. Flowing water, a lot of deadfall, slick rocks, thick banks, and very narrow stretches along the way. It alone is a solid 4 on the difficulty scale. We just took our time, and enjoyed the fantastic scenery and wildlife (saw another group of 3 elk cross the canyon). Once we hit the use trail it was smooth sailing back to the TH. Temps in the canyon were ideal on this day.
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