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Monday, May 26, 2014


Apache Sitgreaves National Forest

Above Woods Canyon

Cutting through a coniferous forest near the edge of the Mogollon Rim, the 235 Road Trail is an easy hike with a big payoff.  The trek begins on a wide two-track dirt road flanked by enormous Ponderosa pines.  At the 0.4-mile point, go left at a signed junction heading toward Chevelon Canyon.  Here, the road passes through a wildlife habitat area replete with sun drenched meadows, watering holes and aspen trees.
Although the trail is open to bikes as well as hikers, the surrounding conservation area may only be explored on foot or horseback.  Soon, the trail becomes smothered in rows of young pines that create an enchanting “green tunnel” leading to the confluence of three striking canyons.  The trail dead-ends at a promontory point with the head of Chevelon Canyon straight ahead and the precipitous gorges of Willow Springs Canyon on the east and Woods Canyon on the west.  Excellent views can be enjoyed by wandering around the point where limestone ledges and tree roots maintain tenuous holds hundreds of feet above the abyss.
Wildlife habitat area
the  "green tunnel"

Head of Chevelon Canyon

LENGTH: 8.2 miles roundtrip
RATING: easy
ELEVATION: 7560’ – 7647’
From the SR87/260 junction in Payson, go east (right) on SR260 to FR300 (Rim Road) located across from the Mogollon Rim Visitor Center and signed for Woods Canyon Lake. Turn left on FR 300 and continue 0.25-mile to the Rim Top trailhead on the right. The hike begins behind the big General Crook Trail sign near the restrooms. Roads are 100% paved.
Black Mesa Ranger District, 928-535-7300


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