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Rim Lake Vista Trail #622 - 16 members in 52 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 24 2019
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ 
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.36 Miles 2,434 AEG
Hiking18.36 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   2.45 mph
2,434 ft AEG      45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A redo / variation of a loop I've done before.
Starting from the 260 TH going clockwise

Highline Trail #31
Love me some of that super-highway Highline Trail. Temps in the upper 60's, great views, Trees and a breeze.

Drew Trail #291
This is the big climb for the day. Mostly in the trees and steep in a couple spots. 800' of gain in a mile.

Woods Canyon Lake Trail
Once on the Rim, we scoot over to Woods Canyon and follow that to the lake. We followed that CW around the North side of the Lake. Here we ran into a Hazzer Kevin, leading a group of 40 or so Boy Scouts the opposite direction. We stopped an chatted for a bit. Joe's day was made when Kelvin said "I'm not going lie, you made my day, meeting a minor celebrity"

Down the spillway out of Woods Canyon Lake is a pretty area. We hopped out in a side canyon and went cross country.

General Crook Trail #140
This is one of Joe's favorites, so I make it a point to work in into hikes on top of the rim.

Rim Lakes Vista Trail #622
Always great views and few others seen farther that 300' of a parking lot.

Military Sinkhole Trail #179
This one get's you back to the TH. It's an old road for awhile up top, but turns into a trail through the trees.

Good Day, Breezes kept it comfortable.
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Aug 24 2019
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ 
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
joebartels
Hiking18.36 Miles 2,232 AEG
Hiking18.36 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   2.49 mph
2,232 ft AEG      47 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Started 7:50am at the 260 TH. The hike over to Drew is one of the best stretches on the Highline. We took a mini break at the Drew junction before the only serious elevation on the loop.

FR300 was busy. The hike to the lake is forgettable yet pleasant. Then boom. The half mile on the west side of Woods Canyon Lake is one of the nicer half miles of trail in Arizona. Hiking around the lake on well used trails we passed a group of 30+ scouts. We met and had a quick chat with one of the scout leaders Kevin.

The hike out east of the lake in Woods Canyon low on notable characteristics. Like the Cabin Loop it's easy/pleasant hiking through a forest. Continuing offtrail we find ourselves out of the canyon following chevrons marking the General Crook Trail. This is glance at the gps every three minutes type of pain free offtrail. No bushwhacking.

Iconic views along the Vista trail never disappoint, such a great place to take a break. Then the hike back down to square one on the Military Trail. The tread has a fair shake of ankle busters. Glad it exists and enjoy sections. 1.1 miles to go, Bruce tells the same horrible story about a tree in the ravine every hike.
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Aug 17 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Rim Lake Vista Trail #622Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 100 AEG
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Aug 03 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Rim Lakes Vista & Sinkhole Trails, AZ 
Rim Lakes Vista & Sinkhole Trails, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,332 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.35 mph
1,332 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Nice cool start at a cool 69 degrees!
We began with a loop up top along the rim then looping back first along along part of the General Crook Trail and back to the start on the northern leg of the Military Sinkhole Trail.

I wasn't aware the Rim Lake Vista Trail was paved which didn't take long to cause an issue for me... within a few hundred yards my right foot began tingling and by less than a quarter mile I had lost all feeling. Because this had happened before while walking on a hard surface I began walking alongside the trail and sure enough, the feeling started to return and within another half-mile all was back to normal.

Then we drove down to the 260 Trailhead for an up-and-down hike on the below-the-rim segment of the Military Sinkhole Trail.
Nice! The temperature barely reached the mid-80's by time we completed the hike.
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Jul 20 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 1,531 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   4 Hrs   51 Mns   3.16 mph
1,531 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
I was looking for a hike that wasn't too far away from the VOS and that was in a cooler area, and this one fit the bill!

The hike begins and ends at the 260 TH, which is right off of Highway 260 and is easy to get to.

This is a fairly easy hike -- the elevation gain is modest for the distance. You get most of the elevation gain out of the way in the first 2 miles of the hike, which goes from the 260 TH up to the Rim on the Military Sinkhole Trail.

I enjoy the portion of the hike that is along the Rim -- there are several lookouts that have really nice views to the south. A couple of miles or so are some easy off-trail hiking.

I saw a deer on the off-trail portion of the hike up on the Rim, and saw an Arizona Black while coming down from the Rim on the Drew Trail. The snake was about 4-5 feet off the trail and was shaking his rattle and was coiled up to strike, as if he was some sort of bada$$. I laughed at him and he eventually slithered away.
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Jul 01 2019
Nemo
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 Joined Nov 23 2009
 Payson, Az
Rim Vista loop with water stop, AZ 
Rim Vista loop with water stop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2019
Nemo
Hiking12.38 Miles 1,844 AEG
Hiking12.38 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   2.20 mph
1,844 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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this loop incorporates a few trails, Starting from the 260 trailhead, I took 179 up to the top of the rim, then the rim vista trail all the way to Mogollon Campground, at that point, I went cross country to Carr Lake Campground, Drew Trailhead, then down the rim, and back to 260 TH on the highline section there.

The section between Mogollon Campground and Carr Lake Campground could use some mappers!! it's pretty much just wild growth with no trail visible, as a hobby project, folks could get out there and put up cairns so there is a more consistent path. The rest of the loop is easy to follow.

Mogollon campground has good water and restrooms available 4.95 into the loop
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May 04 2019
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking12.60 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles
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Started at 260 TH and took the Highline to Drew trail, along the rim to Military Sinkhole and down to 260 TH. Cool at the start but overall perfect weather.
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Aug 11 2018
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole, AZ 
Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.43 Miles 2,144 AEG
Hiking18.43 Miles   8 Hrs   21 Mns   2.49 mph
2,144 ft AEG      57 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I've done variations of this loop in the past. You can make it as little as 12 miles or stretch it out with the big boys.

Highline Trail #31 - Starting about 8am from the 260 TH, we were the 4th vehicle in the lot. I enjoy this stretch of the Highline. Mostly tree covered as is rollercoasters over almost 4-1/2 miles to the Drew Trail. There are great views to the Rim.

Drew Trail #291 - This is a steady climb on a mostly tree covered trail. You gain 800' in a mile. There is a nice break spot at the top to dry off.

Aspen Trail #411 - This winds through the Carr Lake Campground before meeting up with the General Crook #140 for a bit. Mostly flat to rolling terrain.

From here we headed on an easy off trail, down Woods Canyon, west to east.

Woods Canyon Lake Trail - We meet up with the trail on the west end of the lake. There were plenty of people enjoying the day on the lake and on the trail here. We opted for the use trail that skirts the lake vs. the official trail.

At the dam, we continued down canyon for another 2 miles before jumping out to an unnamed canyon. From here cross country'd it, to meet up with the General Crook trail again

Rim Lakes Vista Trail #622 - Some parts of this heading south right off of FR300 are hard to follow because of recent logging. When you first reach the rim, there is a brand new cell tower. The trail along the rim has some top notch views. This a a great Rim Sampler trail for introducing out of town guests or casual hikers to the othe Arizona.

Military Sinkhole #179 - Heading off the rim and back to the 260 TH there was 2.25 miles remaining, starting as an old road, it turns off and on to a single track. It takes you through old growth pines and even a few stands of maples.

Over all excellent weather. There was a 60% chance of showers on the day and bringing the rain gear and umbrellas paid off as insurance. No rain ever got close.



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Aug 11 2018
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking18.00 Miles 2,074 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles
2,074 ft AEG      40 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Highline Trail #31 ~ 260 TH to Drew
The nicest forested 4.3 mile section of #31.

Drew Trail #291
Always a sweet lil ascent.

Aspen Trail #411
Pleasant, nothing to write your congressman or home about.

Carr Trail #414
Don't blink or you'll miss it. Similar named TH and peak in the Ancha, historical?

General Crook Trail #140
Bruce suckered me on this one again. He gloated by messaging and disrespectfully waking up Denny. Later, on another crook segment, Bruce called his brother and told me my phone was ringing.

Woods Canyon Lake Trail
Snazzy lake action. Did my best to annoy Bruce humming the theme song from Meatballs.

Woods Canyon
Creeks, aka wet slip hazzards have mostly been avoided for a solid year. Least favorite segment of this loop for my lack of balance/vision. Most would enjoy and find it easy.

Rim Lake Vista Trail #622
Still an underrated winner. Hwy buzzing rips the britches off the purist so it's just you and team selfie. Felt like an earth shattering 7 sentence description in '97 when I wrote it up. Low and behold it didn't render me a legend in dominica so I passed the member driven baton on six years ago.

Military Sinkhole Trail #179
A first for me. Wow. Unexpected tight forest throughout. Now my second favorite rim connector after [ West Webber Trail #228 ]

Synopsis
Enjoyed this loop much more than anticipated. Probably shouldn't have weezled outta past loops, just figured it was a cabin(cough) moguled yawner.
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Jul 12 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking12.90 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.86 mph
1,700 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
Now that the Tonto National Forest lifted their fire closure areas, in spite of a forecast of rain, I decided to go up to the Rim Country and do this hike, which I had never done before. In fact, I had never been to the Two Sixty TH, which is where I started and ended this hike. Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I did the hike CCW, starting on the Military Sinkhole Trail to the Rim Lake Vista Trail to the Drew Trail and finally to the Highline Trail.

When we got to the TH there was some light rain, so we drove up to the rimroad and drove to the lookout near where the sinkhole trail meets the Vista Trail. This was my first time driving on the rim road, although I have hiked up to it and/or on it a number of times. The rain was starting to subside, so we drove back to the 260 TH and began the hike.

The trails on the hike were nice, although I didn't care for the paved portion of the Rim Lake Vista Trail. There was a lot of cloud cover on this day, so the views from the edge of the rim weren't as nice as they typically are. Just about the time that we got off the Rim lake Vista Trail and began the off-trail jaunt over to FR 9350 the bottom fell out and we got deluged with rain -- I wound up being as wet as I would be if I jumped in and out of a swimming pool. Thankfully there was no lightning!

All-in-all this was an enjoyable hike and is one that I would do again!
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Aug 19 2017
chumley
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46 male
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 Tempe, AZ
Woods Rim Loop, AZ 
Woods Rim Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2017
chumley
Hiking11.31 Miles 916 AEG
Hiking11.31 Miles   4 Hrs      2.96 mph
916 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was looking to get 12 miles or so in the morning before meeting up with a friend arriving later for some camping. This turned out a little shorter than planned but still worked out ok. We parked at the end of the 195 camping area and took the nice trail down to the lake, before proceeding around on the north side trail. From there we went a couple miles downstream in Woods Canyon, then climbed out and made an off-trail traverse toward the Military Sinkhole. This area has been heavily thinned and is pretty unattractive right now. Hopefully a little grass grows in and greens it up.

The vista loop spends too much time close to the road, and then it disappears completely after the Mogollon campground. I didn't realize there was no track out here. Not difficult to hike, but with the recent thinning operations still a bit of a mess.

We did a short stretch on a segment of the Aspen/Crook trail before making an off-trail beeline back toward the truck.
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Aug 19 2017
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Woods Rim Loop, AZ 
Woods Rim Loop, AZ
 
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John9L
Hiking11.31 Miles 916 AEG
Hiking11.31 Miles   4 Hrs      2.96 mph
916 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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1st trip
Met up with Chumley for a nice hike up on the rim. Chumley put together this loop and I was pleasantly surprised. The hiking was easy going and fairly scenic. I really enjoyed the section below Woods Canyon Lake which was new to me. We eventually climbed out of the canyon and walked along the rim for a couple of miles and completed the loop. Afterward we found a nice spot for car camping and met up with more friends later in the day. Nice day in the high country!
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Jun 28 2017
RowdyandMe
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 Green Valley, AZ
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking18.84 Miles 2,934 AEG
Hiking18.84 Miles   9 Hrs   28 Mns   2.22 mph
2,934 ft AEG      59 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Well I promised Rowdy a hike in some cooler weather and this worked.
Awesome weather only met one hiker and he was lost. He knew where he parked just didn't know how to get back. I got him going in the right direction.
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Jun 17 2017
RowdyandMe
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 Green Valley, AZ
Meadow Trail #505Payson, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking5.97 Miles 464 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.44 mph
464 ft AEG      15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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The first night we stayed at Sharp Creek Camp ground. We were told we had to be out by 1pm as the camp ground was going to be closed and used for firefighters. And we were glad to have them move in. The second night we stayed at Aspen Campground ⛺️.
I spent most of my time helping my son with his 24ft travel trailer. And of course his Highlander need a new thermostat that sucked.
Rowdy and I slept in a tent ⛺️ it was Rowdys first camping and he did great.
My plan was to hike See Canyon-Mogollon Rim Vista Loop but now I have a excuse to come back.
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Apr 12 2016
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking12.64 Miles 1,377 AEG
Hiking12.64 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.79 mph
1,377 ft AEG      18 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
very nice loop hike up to the rim

last time i stood at this trailhead was at the end of my dayhike of the highline with JJ. nice to be coherent this time :lol:

i enjoyed the sinkhole trail and it was a pleasant hike up to the rim. worked up a sweat and then froze my pumpkin off when i hit the rim. spectacular views along the rim - as advertised. went off trail for a while and scared up 2 elk :)

down Drew and back on the highline. nice to see this last few miles as it was dark when we came through here last time (and 47 miles into the day) and i was also insane at that point.

great hike. nobody on the rim 'cept me and the squatches. in fact for the 2nd day in a row i saw nobody at all
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 Avondale,Az
Meadow Trail #505Payson, AZ
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Stoic
Hiking8.76 Miles 1,058 AEG
Hiking8.76 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.51 mph
1,058 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Day 2 of 2 Rim Camping
Miss Ellie and I started our hike at a parking lot right off the rim. We hiked the Meadow trail to Woods Canyon lake and to the spillway campground. We then stopped back at the truck to get a bite to eat. I then decided to take the Rim Lakes Vista Trail to the East. We stumbled onto the Military Sinkhole trail. We took the trail about 3/4 of a mile down. I really liked this portion of today's hike. I found a place to stop and relax for a few minutes. Miss Ellie did not relax, she chanced anything that moved. We then hiked back up to the rim trail, and took it to the next parking lot. We then hiked back to the truck.
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Jun 13 2015
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 Gilbert, AZ
Highline - Woods - Willow Spring Lakes Loop, AZ 
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rayhuston
Hiking21.00 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   2.61 mph
2,180 ft AEG      30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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1st trip
This was a very nice hike in the Rim Country with Karl and Bruce. Great weather at the start, an occasional rumble of thunder with some sprinkles starting at about the halfway point and continuing through the remainder of the hike. It was a little wetter at the end, but not enough to detract from this splendid trek along the Highline, through a couple of canyons, past two lakes and across an open meadow. See The Eagle's GPS route for more info.

This is officially my longest hike in terms of miles. I've had several close to, but none longer than 20 miles. I know it's not a lot for many of you out there, but it's always nice to reach a new milestone.

Karl, it was great meeting you! Thanks for the ride and the refreshments, and I thank you both for a wonderful time. I can't remember the last time I talked so much on a hike. I'm sure the lower AEG contributed, but great company was the bigger factor.
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Jun 13 2015
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Highline - Woods - Willow Spring Lakes Loop, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking21.02 Miles 2,188 AEG
Hiking21.02 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   2.61 mph
2,188 ft AEG      30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Escaped the valley to the cool air, pines and lakes of the Rim. :y:

I had never seen Willow Springs Lake, so I needed to bake that into the loop. A 40% chance of rain scared some away, but temps were perfect all day, with just a few sprinkles.

We were the second truck at the 260 Trailhead when we started around 7:30. The eastern end of the Highline affords some nice views of the rim as it rollercoasters towards the Drew Trail #291, 4 miles away.

The Drew Trail was the only extended climb for the day at 800' in less than a mile. We made our way through the people camping, over to the first of the easy bushwhacks for the day, Woods Canyon, a tributary of the lake.

Next a fun favorite, the Woods Canyon Lake Trail. I've always liked this easy stroll around this picturesque lake. There were others out enjoying the day, but not in the numbers I expected. Stopped and took pictures of the kids, to see how their family was doing, and then headed past the dam into Woods Canyon on the east side of the lake.

Woods Canyon is an easy walk with use trails for the most part where we hiked. 2+ miles into it we made the short steep climb out and made our way across some scattered pine and meadow area and into Willow Spring Canyon. Getting up to the lake is easiest by following the spillway. I was not as impressed with Willow Spring Lake.

It started sprinkling a bit on us as we made the rest of the journey on the Rims Lake Vista Trail and then made our way back on the Military Sinkhole Trail.

I love the rim hikes and another good hike up there, with interesting conversations with Karl and Ray. Thanks for driving Karl.
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Jun 13 2015
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Highline - Woods - Willow Spring Lakes Loop, AZ 
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BiFrost
Hiking21.02 Miles 2,188 AEG
Hiking21.02 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   2.61 mph
2,188 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
Great day of hiking on the rim. Started at 260 Trailhead and headed to Drew Trail for only climb of the day. From there it was a nice stroll on the rim through the pines. We hit Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes with some creek hiking between the two lakes. The highlight was definitely hiking the creek sections near the lakes. We didn't see anyone in these sections and good creek flow. Eventually we made our way back over to the rim and down to 260 TH to finish the loop. Great hike...only sprinkled for a few minutes right at the end...thanks for putting this one together Bruce :D
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Jun 07 2015
Booneman
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 Chandler, AZ
Woods Canyon Lake Trail - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking13.30 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   5.91 mph
492 ft AEG
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Brian, Larry and I drove up to the rim this morning for a nice, easy long run around Woods Canyon Lake. It was perfect today. Cool and breezy, yet sunny and pleasant for a long run.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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