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Woody Mountain from Griffith's Springs - 2 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 07 2018
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
2 Spot-Gold Digger-Woody Mountain, AZ 
2 Spot-Gold Digger-Woody Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking7.51 Miles 986 AEG
Hiking7.51 Miles   3 Hrs      2.59 mph
986 ft AEG      6 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Not wanting to drive 320 miles RT for a 10 mile hike, I needed to find something else for a second hike to make the trip worthy.

Woody Mountain fit the bill. @Jim_h has done it off trail from the east, @azbackpackr on FR 231C from the north and @Sredfield on FR's from the west. I found and decided to try some new trails that started at Rogers Lake.

Two Spot Trail and Gold Digger Trail are well worn tracks through mixed pine and hardwood. These trails alone, would make for a great family hike, complete with a Ramada for a picnic. Part way through the Gold Digger Trail, we took the FR to the Woody Peak LO. At the top of Woody was the currently unmanned LO, a newer vault toilet, a locked building, a rustic shower and other assorted items.

We started down and it was a steady drizzle all the way to the Truck.

Highlights for me were Rogers Lake (Meadow) which is almost 2 miles across, Aspen Grove Ramada, and the Woody Mountain Lookout.
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azbackpackr
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68 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Tucson AZ
Woody Mountain L.O. Bike 'n' Hike, AZ 
Woody Mountain L.O. Bike 'n' Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2018
azbackpackr
Hiking3.68 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking3.68 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   1.55 mph
791 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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I rode my bike from Route 66 to the turnoff for the road up the mountain. I locked my bike to a tree, changed into hiking shoes, then hiked up the closed road to the historic lookout. Then I hiked down, changed back into clippy shoes, unlocked the bike, fixed a flat tire, and rode back to Route 66. I am calling this a "training adventure." I expect to be doing a number of these over the next couple of months. I have a rack on the back of the bike to carry my hiking shoes. (Bike route here, but linking to and from did not work for me this time, so I am posting only the "to." [ gps route ] )

It's a pleasant hike, very easy. However, I was tired from riding my bike there, and from hiking Mt. Elden the day before, AND from lack of adaptation to the altitude. (This last issue is taking me longer this year. I have been living in Flag for 10 days.)

You are supposed to call for permission to cross DK Ranch property. But there is no one around there, and it looked like the road is almost never used, since there were no tracks at all on it. You walk through the ranch property, and eventually get back into the NF again up on the mountain. DK Ranch has a pretty big inholding.

The 360 degree view from the top of the tower is really great, but it was hard to enjoy it because I was hanging on for dear life due to the wind! I quickly snapped photos and climbed down. I don't know if the tower will be in use later on in the season, or if it is decommissioned. I found a stump to sit on to eat my lunch. Hiked back down, and rode my bike back to Route 66.

I'm linking this to Jim's "Woody Mountain from Griffith's Springs" hike, although I didn't go the same way. Destination was the same, though.
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Dec 18 2015
charlieaz
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50 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Woody Mountain from Griffith's SpringsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2015
charlieaz
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,150 ft AEG
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There was about 6 inches of snow on average as I hiked this. Neat tower at the top.
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Aug 31 2012
Sredfield
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Woody Mountain from Griffith's SpringsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2012
Sredfield
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,150 ft AEG
 
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Several years ago I read Donna Ashworth's "Biography of a Small Mountain" which is a history of the Flagstaff area, centered on Woody Mountain. She reportedly had access to the Riordan Lumber Company correspondence as source material. This is recommended reading for anyone interested in Flagstaff history.

Access to the mountain and lookout tower crosses private property, or so the sign on the north side says. The sign includes a number to call for access permission but when I tried it all I got was a condo outfit in Sedona, and they weren't answering. The few times I've attempted this hike I have been deterred by this sign--I hate the thought of encountering the angry landowner, a few times in my life is enough. So when I tried this Thursday I was intrigued by the county sign on the west side. While I was sitting by the gate contemplating the route, a county employee came down the road behind the gate, and I asked him about access from the west. He assured me it was possible and legal, so off I went to cross an old one off the list.

The route posted is all on road, an apparently recent one across the county property, and then the lookout access route on the Forest. I posted both the up and back routes, which include an optional route on an older road. Unless you go up the tower, the views on top are blocked by pine trees. The county portion is being thinned; the logs were bunched up awaiting whatever comes next.

Certainly not an epic adventure but a nice one especially if you've read the book.
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Sep 30 2011
mazatzal82
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 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Scottsdale, AZ
Griffith Springs Trail #189 Flagstaff, AZ 
Griffith Springs Trail #189 Flagstaff, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2011
mazatzal82
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
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Looking for a nice quiet stroll just outside of Oak Creek Canyon... well this is it. I was mostly stopping for a bite to eat but that I would check out the area. When you first start the loop and go south (right), you notice many a tree along your path. As you go to the perimeter of the ridge, you see some great views down to the wash below (a slight detour here has its rewards). Once back on the loop, enjoy more pine and flowing pastures. Very nice stroll through the woods. A++ for dogs.
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Nov 12 2010
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Woody Mountain from Griffith's SpringsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2010
Jim_H
Hiking3.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
200 ft AEG
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I started too late to make the peak, and I ended up going about half way before I just started wandering around in the ponderosa pine. It really is more of a spring or summer hike. Everything is cold and brown, you can't smell the warm scent of pine, and the sun is low on the horizon. I came across a large Elk herd that is out there, once going out and once coming back. The grasses are increasing in the thinned area, but it is still pretty bare in most places.
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Apr 06 2009
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Woody Mountain from Griffith's SpringsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2009
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   1.57 mph
1,150 ft AEG
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It was a nice spring day that wasn't too windy so I thought I would head out for Woody Mountain. I wasn't disappointed. On the way back I saw that herd of Elk that frequents the area. I went too far south on the ridge when returning and descended a small canyon that had huge pines and oaks in it. Some of the Gambel Oaks were big enough to remind me of oaks back east.
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