Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Willow Springs Day Hike

when? Saturday, May 20, 2023
where? Mogollon Rim
the hike     Join me on a hike on top of the Mogollon Rim on a normally closed logging, forest service road (FR 236) through a large percentage of ponderosa pine that has recently been thinned. The trail is fairly open and gives fair opportunity to see elk, antelope, deer, or turkey. We will leave the parking area at the trailhead and head west for apx. 2.36 miles. At a juncture by a large watering hole used by hunters during hunting season we will head north for apx. 2.5 miles stopping at a ridge at the edge of Willow Springs Canyon and if visibility permits Chevelon Canyon. The edge of Willow Canyon exposes rocky steep columns of basalt lava rock that will be our stopping point for lunch. We will turn around and hike along what appears to be an abandoned logging road.
Pace: Moderate, easy pace. This hike is rocky in sections where hiking boots and sticks are recommended. Layered clothing is also recommended because the trail can be very windy. If you require a fast paced, highly aerobic workout, this is not the hike for you!
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Your smiles  :)
distance 9 miles
time 4-6 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
elevations 7500' at the trailhead
type Loop
starting at
Trailhead beside Forest Road 260
on trail 100%
rating "B-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Woods Canyon Lake
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
Limit 15 hikers
Please provide your cell phone number when you sign up in case we need to contact you on the day of the hike.
meet 6:45 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the northwest curb away from Starbuck’s.
drive Take Arizona 87 to Payson and turn right (by the McDonalds) to head east along Arizona 260. About 5 miles past the rims edge, turn left on Forest Road 237 (just past 2 large transmission lines just before mile marker 287. The trail head parking is about 0.25 of a mile north of 260 on the left.
Restrooms were not open when I hiked this trail on 5/6/23. Road should be passable by cars.

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