Woods Canyon Lake Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Woods Canyon Lake Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Forest Lakes, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
154 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips





Beautiful trail great hike for new hikers and hikes with children.

21 days ago

Beautiful area!

23 days ago

Excellent trail

Perfect for the whole family!

1 month ago

Amazing loop hike! This place feels like out of AZ with so much greenery.

2 months ago

Beautiful hiking around the lake.

4 months ago

Easy and pretty

5 months ago

Second time I made the trip. Absolutely breathtaking views from the Rim.
Beautiful. If you stay on the blue diamond trail then it’s not very difficult. A few areas of the trail have trees blocking and require traversing but otherwise pretty easy.

5 months ago

Moderate hike with great views of Woods Canyon Lake throughout the entire hike.

7 months ago

I dont know that I would bring my kids on this hike as parts of it were quite difficult and only part of the trail was marked with the blue diamonds. Otherwise its a beautiful location and was lots of fun!

7 months ago

Enjoyable autumn hike. Although there were quite a few people at the lake fishing, we didn’t see many people on Trail.

8 months ago

Started this hike as a happy accident and it was wonderful. There was only one other family on the trail but besides that it was just the two of us. Amazing views of the lake, forest, and animals such as elk, squirrels and chipmunks.

8 months ago

A nice well-trafficked trail around the lake. Parking can be an issue during the weekends. Dog-friendly.

Per AZ Game & Fish, April 1st through August 31st a portion of the trail is closed and rerouted due to bald eagle nesting (SW portion of the trail) which you can catch a glimpse of from the opposite side of the lake, bring your binoculars.

Lots of campgrounds in the area ensures some congestion during peak times/seasons. Camp store and boat/kayak rentals as well.

8 months ago

Loved this hike so much. Nature was all around and so inviting.

10 months ago

Pretty easy hike. If you follow the blue diamonds it's about a 5 1/2 mile hike around the lake. Very picturesque. We saw elk s soon as we got off the trail.

10 months ago

I took the advice of some other hikers and started on the west side. We saw the eagles about half mile in! And then for an added bonus saw some mule deer grazing in a meadow towards the end of the trail. I did the trail with 2 kids age 5 and 7, it was a stretch for them but the first portion is the difficult part and then it levels off to a glorified walk in the woods.

11 months ago

Very nice Trail which is well-marked, shady and beautiful. Parking is free and there is additional parking lot a few steps before the entrance.
Will do it again.

11 months ago

Very pleasant trail. I'm way out of shape, but this trail was fairly easy. Parking was free which is a huge plus, and doesn't cost anything to get onto the trail either.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful trail. We went clockwise and the first half is prettier. Stopped to check out the Bald Eagle observation monocular and spoke with the guy monitoring. Saw Mom feeding her eaglets. Awesome. Relaxing easy two hours ( would have been less but kept stopping). Lake was getting busier when we left yesterday at 9.30am.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Love this trail!!! Beautiful hike around a wonder lake!!! If you start on the trail west of the store there's also a trail to walk up with an Eagle's nest .

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Beautiful trail great hike for new hikers and hikes with children. I recommend going to the west after you park its the hardest part of the hike and the rest is smooth sailing. Went 5/5/17 and there was a patch of snow on the ground in one spot.

Friday, November 18, 2016

What a beautiful day hike - my dog loved it!

Monday, August 29, 2016

One of the most beautiful spots in AZ! Great for dogs

Monday, August 08, 2016

A lot of people!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful and fun.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Great hike to get out of the summer heat of Phoenix. Easy drive as all the roads are paved. Come early though, because parking lot can get full. Great easy hike. Forest workers let me look through their scope and saw a Bald Eagle eating a fish it had just caught from the lake. Defiantly one of the best day hikes and the drive is amazing as well. You will not regret hiking this trail.

Monday, July 18, 2016

This was a nice hike around the lake. Not too difficult with hardly any elevation change, lots of trees, small animals. We didn't come across too many people but the lake is pretty busy. I'll do it again when we camp in the area.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pleasant walk around the lake. Took the Rocky Point Trailhead, the back side of the lake. I think that's the opposite of where most people go. We didn't see anyone until about 4 miles into the walk. Crossing the dam at the end starts the crowds, but they're mostly on the lake--few hiking the trail. A highlight was coming across a couple of forest service workers with spotting scopes fixed on an eagles nest and a perching Osprey. For geocachers, save the caches to your phone or bring your gps; zero phone service around the lake.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A favorite I do again and again, and again, and...are you hearing Peewee right now? Love this trail-its fun to people watch from afar and still get your space. Beautiful Lake, you can't go wrong.

Monday, November 02, 2015

The lake is bigger than it looks! Lol. Great hike. Not overly crowded. Quiet, peaceful & lots of fish jumping. Makes for a good day trip. Make sure to stop at the rim lookout points as well.

Monday, June 22, 2015

One of my favorite day hikes to get away from the Phoenix valley heat. Beautiful hike with ups and downs, but minimal elevation change. Easy hike. Bring a picnic for after!

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