Hike at Potato Lake in the Coconino National Forest

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COOL PINES & A MOUNTAIN LAKE

Escape Valley heat with a hike around potato Lake on the Mogollon Rim.

Getting There: From Payson, go 27.7 miles north on State Route 87 to Forest Road 300 (Rim Road) located near milepost 281. Go 1.7 miles on FR 300 to Forest Road 9362T on the left. If you have a high-clearance vehicle, descend about 0.1 mile on the rough dirt road and park in the primitive campground. The hike begins at the “Road Closed” sign at the north end of the site.

Length: 5.7 miles out and back

Rating: moderate

Kid Friendly: YES

Pet Friendly: YES

Elevation: 7,234-7,888 feet

Best Season: May-October

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Photo credit Mare Czinar/PHOENIX