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Woods Canyon Lake Hike/Picnic

  • Jul 20, 2013 · 7:00 AM
  • Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest













Woods Canyon Lake Hike/Picnic

Saturday July 20, 2013

Carpool 7am, Hike 9:30am

Easy 6 miles

Let's escape the heat and enjoy a pleasant lakeside stroll and picnic on the Mogollon Rim! Follow the blue diamond trail markers along the shoreline through pines, oak, ferns, wild rose, yellow columbine and a few aspen! Bring your binoculars to view the two eaglets in the Bald Eagle Nesting Area (detour in place adds another half mile to the normal 5.5 mile trail). Afterwards we'll enjoy a potluck picnic at the Rocky Point Picnic Ground. Fire Restrictions ARE in place: no charcoal fires allowed--you will notice the Forest Service has "locked" the charcoal BBQs; however, propane grills are allowed!

PLEASE INDICATE IN YOUR RSVP WHAT PICNIC ITEM YOU WILL BE BRINGING (If you are on the waiting list please do not list the picnic item until you are a confirmed YES).


Carpool: 7am Starbucks 16815 E. Shea Blvd #106A Fountain Hills, AZ in the Target Shopping Center

Directions to Lake: Take Hwy 87 to Payson. Turn Right on AZ260 for about 30 miles. Just past milepost 282, turn Left on FR300 and follow signs 6 miles to the entrance to Woods Canyon Lake. Just before the Store and Boat Launch, turn Left into the Rocky Point Picnic Ground. $6 per vehicle or $3 with a Golden Age Pass.

Bring: 3 liters water, snacks, bug spray, picnic item, binoculars, hat, camera, sunscreen and a camp chair to sit on!


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  • Linda S.

    Next time I am bringing Tupperware so I can take home some of the great food I did not have a chance to sample before the rain came. Thank you Shannon for a good experience on my first 3H hike.

    July 22, 2013

  • Kathryn J

    Great Hike! Thank you Shannon!

    July 22, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Great time! Lunch was fantastic! And we we finished just in time for the rain! Thanks Shannon!

    July 21, 2013

  • Libby

    Nice walk around this beautiful lake and a YUMMY lunch. Thanks Shannon.

    July 21, 2013

  • Todd M.

    Fun times. And a rare early afternoon return to town :)

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Nicole

    Beautiful and relaxing

    July 20, 2013

  • Chip

    Thanks Shannon for organizing. Thanks everyone for a wonderful time and good conversation. (and we got the camp chair returned to its rightful owner.) Hopefully next time the rain will come an hour later.

    1 · July 20, 2013

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