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Mogollon Rim – Meadow Trail


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LOCATION: Northeast Arizona
Sitgraves Nation Forest Guide

[ed note: (7/12/09) I revisited the Meadow Trail today. It remains in very good condition and is a great place to go for a roll. My advise is to not drive to the lake to begin this trail. Instead leave from where the trail hooks up with the
622 Vista Trail.

This is the 2nd of two trails right in the same area. We are on top of the Mogollon Rim (Mug-yon) between Payson and Show Low. I give both trails my highest marks. The view is far better from the 622 trail, but if you’re looking for a place to escape into nature, this is it.

The trail head starts very near the same parking lot as the 622 trail. The trail wonders through the tall pines includes a small bridge to get you over a marsh area. Yep! thats an elk grazing less than 50 feet from the trail. The area prohibits hunting, so these young bulls aren’t too worried about becoming a steak on someone’s table.

The trail ends at Woods Canyon Lake. It’s a steep decent down to the lake’s parking lot. The lake itself is nice and peaceful but the accessibility is very disappointing. The little store isn’t accessible at all, nor is the boating dock. This lake deserves a nice little dock for people in chairs to roll out and do some shore fishing or board a boat.

The 1 ¾ mile path however is perfect. It features just the right amount of slope here and there to count as good exercise and while its quite popular, the bikes and walkers have plenty of shoulder to yield to wheelers without slowing down. The potential to get so near to wildlife makes it a wheelchair photographer’s dream!

I spied this sign near the lower parking lot and boat ramp and thought it was the trailhead.  Nope! . . . .

I spied this sign near the lower parking lot and boat ramp and thought it was the trailhead. Nope! . . . .

The trail head is located at the end of the upper parking lot.

The trail head is located at the end of the upper parking lot.

As you ascend from the lake, the trail has some switchbacks that allow you to catch your breath and enjoy the view.

As you ascend from the lake, the trail has some switchbacks that allow you to catch your breath and enjoy the view. Note the rocks used as a curb along the edge. These guys built a good trail.

Along the way are some well maintained bridges.  It here that the trail gets my vote for being one of the most peaceful escapes you'll find for PwD's.

Along the way are some well maintained bridges. It here that the trail gets my vote for being one of the most peaceful escapes you'll find for PwD's.


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