Woods Canyon Lake Trail

MODERATE 43 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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wildlife

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

17 days ago

Easy and pretty

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
3 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!

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

hiking
4 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.

5 months ago

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

6 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.

hiking
6 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.

7 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.

7 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.

8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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 .

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
Friday, November 18, 2016

What a beautiful day hike - my dog loved it!

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

A lot of people!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful and fun.

hiking
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.

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