Description: A trail all the way around Woods Canyon Lake is a wonderful way to spend a day hiking. The trail is well-marked and takes the hiker through beautiful vegetation including ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Gambel oak, bracken fern, and wild rose. The trail is often along the shoreline. Begin the hike by crossing the dam near Spillway Campground and then follow the water's edge. The trail joins the Rocky Point Nature Trail. Birdwatchers will find plenty to see and other wildlife, including beavers, live in or near the lake. Potluck Picnic: Join us after the hike for a potluck picnic in the Rocky Point Picnic Area. I will bring one 2 burner propane stove. Please note what you plan to contribute to the picnic: appetizer, main entree, side dish, dessert. After the Picnic lunch, I plan on staying near the lake to relax...pick your carpool mates accordingly to when you would like to leave.
Difficulty: Easy, Total Distance: 5 miles
Start Elevation: 7500 ft, Elevation Gain: Little to no elevation gain
Drive Time: 2 hours, Water to Bring: 2 liters
Meeting Time/Place: 7am, Home Depot Parking Lot (Power Rd & US-60)
Driving Directions: Take Arizona 87 north out of town. In Payson, head east on Arizona 260 for 30 miles to FR 300 Woods Canyon Lake Rd. Near milepost 282, turn left at the sign toward Woods Canyon Lake. Follow signs 6 miles to the entrance road of the lake and park near the boat launch.
Estimated Return Time: The goal is to spend a full day out of the heat. Return time is more or less up to you. Pick your carpool mates accordingly
Minimum Attendees Required: 4
RSVP By: Thursday, August 1st, 10:00pm
Special Instructions: Bring: snacks, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat, camera. Please note what you plan to contribute to the picnic: appetizer, main entree, side dish, dessert. For the picnic portion - BYOB: Bring your own beverage, chair, plate, utensils, etc. Parking can be difficult as this lake does get busy so keep the number of vehicles to a minimum and try to car pool.
Not sure what to bring? Checklists are available here.