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Woods Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2021
kingsnake
Hiking8.39 Miles 501 AEG
Hiking8.39 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.41 mph
501 ft AEG
 
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Since July, 2021, when I attempted a through hike of Willow Springs Canyon and Woods Canyon [ photoset ] , I’ve wondered if there were better routes into, or out of, either canyon. 🤔

That curiousity was the motivation for my Willow Springs Canyon rim exploration [ photoset ] two months ago, and for why I returned to Woods Canyon today. A map recon revealed a side wash that might ease access to the bottom of the middle of Woods Canyon.

My plan was to hike from the Spillway Campground, across the Woods Canyon Dam, head northeast cross-country for ¾ of a mile to decommissioned FR 195M, follow the old road bed east for 1¼ miles to FR 195D, drop into the side wash, follow that down a ½ mile to Woods Canyon, then head down Woods Canyon ¾ of a mile to about where I lost my gear. 🧭

No sense repeating what is in the photoset: [ photo ] .

After giving up on searching for my lost gear, I headed back up Woods Canyon. Rather than re-negotiate the tangled side wash, I decided instead to climb out on its left bluff. It was a steep 150 ft., but took much less time than the wash. Starting at 8:30 a.m., I met my wife back at the Spillway Campground just before 1:00 p.m. Then it was off to the bait shop for my favorite part of hiking Woods Canyon Lake: beer and, especially, Good Humor Ice Cream! 🍦🤗
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