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This page is meant for folks to post their thoughts on the Saturday group run. I (Neil) will post a blurb about who showed up and where it was held. From there, I hope that other runners will share their thoughts since we often have different experiences on the same run. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Woods Canyon - Rogue Javelinas on the Rampage

It was a beautiful Saturday for seven NATRA runners to head down to Sedona. Today we added a fantastic trail that is sure to become part of our repertoire - Woods Canyon. The trail takes off right out of the south end of the Sedona Ranger District compound. After crossing over a couple of irrigation ditches we made our way east.

The Woods Canyon trail follows the course of a not so Dry Beaver Creek. Yup, we were treated to the raging waters melting off the Mogollon Rim. Due to the above normal temperatures, Dry Beaver Creek looked as though it should during the spring melt. We could pretty much hear the creek the entire run, but it wasn't until about three miles in where we encountered the raging emerald green waters.

At some point, a pack of rampaging javelinas nearly took out our lead runners - David and Bruce. After about 3.5 miles we stopped and enjoyed listening to the rushing waters before heading back to the District Ranger station. On the way home we drove across the head waters of Woods Canyon near Fox Ranch Road and thought about sometime running the entire 22 mile course of the canyon - perhaps doing a key exchange with an adventurous group - but not today!

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  1. I love Woods canyon. You guys just inspired me to go out there tomorrow for a run!

  2. Outstanding! Should be even more water tomorrow!