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Join us at Woods Canyon Lake in the cool country north of Payson for our annual hike and kayak event. This lake is surrounded by a dense forest of pine, fir, oak, and aspen, and sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Hikers are afforded expansive views of the scenery below the Mogollon Rim. The Mogollon Rim, pronounced by locals as "muggy-own," is a 200-mile long cliff in northern Arizona that ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation and serves as the geographical dividing line between the cool high country above and the hot, dry desert below.
Camping is available at the campgrounds around Woods Canyon Lake (Spillway and Aspen) and along the rim.
Groups will start hiking and kayaking at 9:00 AM and everyone should be done by 1:00 PM. Please plan on being at the registration tables at the Rocky Point Picnic Ground by 8:30 AM so you can be assigned to your group and we can start hiking and kayaking as soon as possible.
This event will include kayaking on Woods Canyon Lake. No prior kayaking experience is necessary and we will have safety boaters to give you instructions. Sharing time in the kayaks allows us to keep the fee down to just $20 per person, while still covering the full rental and transportation costs. So we all need to play nicely and share. You can also sign up to just hike and that, of course, is free.
Take I-17 north to the 101 loop east. Take the Shea exit and head east to Fountain Hills. Go north on highway 87 towards Payson, then turn right on highway 260. Go east through Star Valley (traffic cameras enforce their strict 45 MPH speed limit). Once on the rim, take a left towards Woods Canyon Lake and follow the signs to the Rocky Point Picnic Ground. Look for Fellowship Adventures signs.
There is very limited parking in the immediate event staging area, so we encourage carpooling. You can sign up for carpooling during the registration process. For details on carpooling, see the Carpooling section of the "Things to Know" page.
Carpools will meet at Calvary Community Church (I-17 south of Thurnderbird, the one with the star sign, west parking lot by the mail boxes), with the last carpool leaving at 6:00 AM.
Kayak rental: There will be a $20 per person rental fee (payable at registration), which should include enough time to paddle much of the lake. Life jackets will be included and required! You are welcome to bring your own kayak as well, but you MUST wear a lifejacket if paddling with the Calvary group.
This hike will include 4 levels of hiking. You will sign up for a level when registering. The levels are listed below, or see levels of difficulty for more details. Remember to bring lots of water. Although the weather is cooler and refreshing, your body still needs lots of water.
Roadrunners – For the serious, go-fast hiker who desires the challenge of speed and distance (7 to 10 miles) and prefers to race past the sagebrush rather than smell it!
Coyotes – For the recreational hiker who desires energetic physical activity (4 to 7 miles) and the opportunity to stop and smell the sagebrush.
Prairie Dogs – For the casual hiker and families who want to get some exercise (about 3 miles) but will stop to enjoy the view and rest as they hike.
Geckos – For the person or family new to hiking or just coming back from a long time away. They do about 2 miles of relatively flat trail.
Children are more than welcome to join this event, but please read the Children section of the "Things to Know" page before you come.
Kayaking - minimum age of 10* in a single
Coyotes - minimum age of 10*, if experienced
Prairie Dogs & Geckos - minimum age of 6*, unless you are going to carry them if needed
* If you are bringing a child under the age of 18 for whom you are not the parent or legal guardian, a Medical Waiver/Consent Form must be completed, signed by a parent or legal guardian and presented at the check-in prior to the event.
If you would like to join us please register online-