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Willow Springs Lake Trail

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Payson, AZ.

To get to the trailhead: from the Phoenix area, take HWY-87 North toward Payson. Once in Payson, take HWY-260 East towards Heber. After 32 miles of driving, make a left at the signed FR149 towards Willow Springs Lake. It's about 1 mile to the lake.
city
Payson
state
AZ
country
USA
Region
Mogollon Rim

Hike details

Distance
3.50 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The loop around the lake is 3.5 miles.
Time
4.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us four hours, but we also stopped to fish for a while.
Elevation Change
0 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
nothing to speak of.
Hike Trail Type
Loop
Special Features
Water

Season

Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Summer
Date Hike completed
June 11, 2005

Solitudue

Solitude Details
This is a very popular place to fish and relax. Areas close to the parking lot are very popular. There is more solitude on the other side of the lake so I'd recommend heading there at your earliest opportunity.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Easy
difficulty detail
30 yr old Recommendation: Bring your fishing pole. This is an easy hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
The trail can be a bit rocky

If a hike that follows the contours of a popular fishing lake appeals to you, then you'll like this hike. 

The Willow Springs Lake is one several very popular fishing lakes along the Mogollon rim. The 3.5 mile loop trail is mostly a fishing trail so those with a rod and reel can access the entire parameter of the lake. Luckily for us hikers, it is also a pleasant walk.

The trail starts from the parking area and while not signed, is easy to follow. Just follow the edge of the lake. Most of the lazy car people will stay close to the parking area, so the further you walk, the more you can enjoy this lake without an audience.

Be sure to bring a fishing pole and enjoy this pretty area.

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