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A beautiful walk with views over the rim

hiking
23 days ago

Easy, comfortable, well marked

Great walking trail around Woodland lake. It is paved and almost no elevation change. Benches are all along the trail. Currently, the lake is lowered for some reason, so not much water. I have hiked around it in the fall as well and it had ducks and was full for fishing. There is a floating metal dock for fishing with a Picnic table and a couple of ramadas and a small playground near the trail for small kids. Fun for a family with small kids to walk around the lake.

This hike was okay for me. It was well shaded which was excellent and the trail was fairly marked. We ended up having to take a shortcut because as we were strolling along peacefully & attempted to cross a bridge to hide our dog when we saw two large dogs coming. This idiot of a woman had 2 dogs unleashed who came towards my dog. The woman attempted to call them but they didn’t listen. We were lucky that there wasn’t an altercation. Even with the signs around the lake that clearly state “dogs must be leashed” I saw several who weren’t. I don’t understand why people even risk their dogs safety, and the safety of other dogs, by letting them run free?

Loved this trail !

Easy fun trail

Great short walking or running trail. Dog friendly!

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail through the pine

on Woodland Reservoir

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful easy walk around the reservoir. Great place to watch the waterfowl and birds. My dogs love this walk!

really nice trail, but not sure why its rated as moderate. there's only 16 feet of elevation change, and it's paved and wheelchair friendly. beautiful views, fishing, and picnic tables available.

walking
9 months ago

Lovely short loop, ducks, lake views, runners, dog walking. Great for families. Beautiful fall colors.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Considered the "shining centerpiece" of the community, Woodland Lake Park is a beautiful slice of nature in the middle of town offering several short, interconnected trails and a small lake. Because it is a city park, it also offers picnic areas, a volleyball court, playground and boat dock, but these are near the lake/parking and not near the trails, so you really feel like you are far from civilization. The park is connected to the Big Springs Environmental Study area via the Hitching Post Loop Trail.

The paved, level Lake Loop Trail circles the pond and is about 1.1 miles, and from there, one can access multiple forested and meadow trails as well as a small riparian area. The entire outer loop is about 3.9 miles, but by using a combination of the inner trails, you can find any distance that suits you. All of the trails in the Woodland Lake Park Trail System are rated easy.

My favorite area is the Walnut Creek Riparian Area. To get there, start from the Turkey Track trailhead near the boat dock. Stay on that trail for just under half a mile and enjoy the cool pines. The cut off to the Walnut Creek trail is easy to miss. There is just a small sign, "Foot Use Only on the small trail to the left. The trail narrows somewhat and is rocky in places, but just watch your step as the trail winds and descends toward the creek. This is by no means a difficult trail. Walnut Creek, which I think is fed by Walnut Spring, is sometimes not running so much as seeping and creating a colorful, botanical heaven. There are a few shallow pools at the bottom. On cool days, it's nice to linger awhile at the creek. On hot, stagnant days, watch out for mosquitoes and keep moving (but then you'd miss the dragonflies!). Continue downstream to the right of the creek for about 0.7 miles until you come to the wooden bridge.(You can catch Turkey Track trail again and take it back to the trail head if you don't cross the bridge but instead continue and then head uphill to the right.) I chose to cross the bridge (left) and take the inner Hitching Post Loop Trail, which meanders through a much thinner ponderosa pine and oak forest. There's not much shade here, so bring water and a hat. Saw a few prickly pear cacti along the way. We took a left at the beautiful Meadow View Trail to finish up our walk. All told, it was about 2.5 miles. Both Hitching Post and Meadow View Trails get muddy after rains (Summer monsoon schedule is July-August periodic afternoon thunderstorms).

There's such variety in Woodland Park, and adding in the inner trails is a good way to enjoy it.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Well maintained but slippery when muddied with summer rainstorms. Nice bird watching marsh with benches at 1/2 way point. Parking at trailhead by pier.

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