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Woodland Lake Park Trails
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2021-08-01  
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Woodland Lake Park TrailsAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking8.10 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles
400 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This is a nicely maintained trail system in the town of Pinetop/Lakeside. The Woodland Lake loop is by far the most popular trail with about 200 people of all varieties (lots of families) enjoying the pleasant morning weather. Unfortunately, the town's loss of water rights is showing as despite all the recent rain, the reservoir was barely 30% full, with the dock and boat ramps out of commission due to the low lake level. Pleasant enough to hike around, but not enough for any water activities to take place.

In comparison to the crowded lake loop, I had most of the rest of the park to myself, only encountering a handful of other people. The trail system is well marked. The Walnut Creek trail is overflowing with wildflowers of all colors and varieties, and the beaver activity in the Big Springs Study area had me curious...I could also make out the beaver lodge, but wasn't sure if they are allowing any beavers to stay as residents, since I didn't spot the culprit. There was a fierce army of ducks guarding the western edge of the lake, but they let me pass with only a scolding :lol: . Most of the rest of the park is fairly plain trail through...pine woodland, who would have thunk it?

About the only bad thing of note is about half the people who use this trail system blatently disregard the dogs-on-leash policy throughout all park trails (ignoring the many, many signs), and I got introduced to one muddy dog who saw fit to bolt from their owner and jump on me...apparently the doggo just "really likes to meet new people" according to it's illiterate owner... ](*,)
Fauna
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Mallard Duck
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Big Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
The spring cannot be observed as it is underneath the lake, but the lake it fills is completely full.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Walnut Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
While the spring itself is too far off trail to find, walnut creek itself, along the trail was gently flowing perhaps a gallon or two per minute.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Woodland Reservoir 26-50% full 26-50% full
I estimate 30% full, water level too low for boats or dock.
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