Greetings my dear readers! If you saw my Facebook post this morning, you know I’m limping. We are wondering if I didn’t recover fully from my fall off the super-sized bed during our stay in Show Low. I’ll see Dr. Grossman from Sonoran Foothills Pet Clinic. I appreciate good thoughts as I don’t want to be down and out. I’m made to adventure!
Speaking of, one of the hikes we did while in Show Low was the Fool Hollow Lake trail, located off Old Linden Road just about 15 minutes from town. You have two different ways to get there depending upon where you start from so we suggest you just use Google Maps. It’s easy peasy! Here’s the link to the recreational area: https://azstateparks.com/fool-hollow/
In order to enter, you must pay $10 per vehicle over the weekend or $7 Monday through Thursday. Dogs are welcome on leash, and there is ample parking and human restrooms throughout. This is a 150-acre lake surrounded by pine and juniper trees that got its name from Thomas Jefferson Adair who moved to the area in 1885 to start a farm. Locals said, “Only a fool would try to farm that land,” and the and the name stuck.
Besides hiking, you can go fishing, swimming, camping or picnicking. It’s a beautiful setting, and the day we went, we had it all to ourselves! Unlike Lynx Lake here in Prescott, the hiking trail does NOT go around the entire lake. We thought we read online that it did, but you have to take two different trails to see most of the lake.
All hiking by the lake is easy to moderate, and the total is 3.5 miles. We recommend you drive to the upper part first. From the Ranger Station, you will follow signs to the boat ramp. Park by the restrooms and take the paved path until it ends. You can either call it good or take the dirt path just above the veranda there, and it takes you to the campground via the lake’s edge.
It’s breathtaking! You are above the lake looking down and will enjoy all the rock formations on its edge. The trail here isn’t well marked – just keep following the lake and skirting the campground. We sat at one of the picnic tables and listened to all the geese. They were quite chatty! Turnaround from the camp ground and head back the way you came.
By the way, this looks like a fabulous camp ground! Many of the sites have incredible lake views. They are spread out well and have some privacy. Mom and I were bummed that we no longer have our camper trailer, although this is a long haul from Phoenix.
Anyway, once back to your car, head toward the exit. Just before the exit is a parking lot on your right for the Fool Hollow Lake trail (it’s marked). This is a dirt lot and dirt path, but it is all very flat. You can go either left or right but know both trails are out and back, meaning they do not connect. Again, no trails go completely around the lake as it has too many fingers and arms to it.
We went to the left because it seemed a little more scenic as the right goes past some lake houses. All up to you. You can do just one direction or both. All in all, we were out about 3 hours, and our breakfast was spent.
Mom thought we would drive toward Lakeside and found a quaint little place right off the 260 called The Bistro at Annie’s. Parking is limited so we felt lucky to get a spot right by the door. In the summer, it would be dog friendly with a lovely porch, but it was still in the teens. My kind of weather – woof!
I stayed in the car, and mom went in for a yummy lunch. The place is decorated very nice and has great customer service. Prices were reasonable, and should you go, you must try their Quiche Lorraine and Prickly Pear iced tea.
Mom got me a side of bacon to eat. I was a happy boy! This was a full day and our favorite hike of the trip. You really can spend hours upon hours at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area as there is so much to see and do. We are pretty sure this place gets busy in the summer but any time of year will be enjoyable. Wish me luck with my leg!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!
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