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Highline - Drew - Woods - Military Loop, AZ
mini location map2022-04-09
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Highline - Drew - Woods - Military Loop, AZ 
Highline - Drew - Woods - Military Loop, AZ
 
Hiking16.13 Miles 1,681 AEG
Hiking16.13 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.87 mph
1,681 ft AEG      53 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Got an invite to join Chums and the crew in the rim country.

We started from the 260 TH with a half dozen other cars in the lot. We did this loop clockwise to get the lower elevations out of the way on the Highline first. The Highline #31 rollercoasters it's way 4.5 miles over to the Drew #291. This section is in great shape and affords good views west to the rim.

The Drew #291 is a steep 800' climb in .8 mile. It climbs through the ponderosa providing more shade the higher you get.

Up top, we headed cross country to the link up with Woods Canyon to follow it to the lake. There was water in every drainage and some snow remaining in spots.

We hit the lake and the trail that heads around the northside. This was the first time I'd seen the lake with 0 people on it. Part way around we took a break for lunch and enjoyed the view.

The lake is currently full with the spillway falls flowing. We continued down the drainage until jumping out to join the Military Sinkhole #179 Trail . Back at the top of the rim the forecasted 30-40mph gusts were in full force. After a short break up top, we completed the 2 mile hike back down to the TH.

Perfect temps throughout the day.

Good to hike with Chums and 9L again and to meet Ryan and his dog Echo.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Woods Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
Water running over the spillway
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