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Oaks and Willows Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Autumn is the prettiest time to visit this trail, with its cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Spring is a close runner-up, however, thanks to mild temperatures, showy wildflowers, and the neon light cast by the tender new leaves of the Gambel oaks. Once you ascend Juniper Mesa, you will understand why it is important to check summertime temperatures before planning your trip: this trail gets hot. The plateau offers pretty views and level but exposed trekking. At roughly halfway (3 miles), you come upon a junction with the Juniper Mesa Trail 20, which runs east–west through the wilderness. You will make a rightward (northwesterly) turn to continue along the Oaks and Willows Trail 3 and traverse the mesa."
--Renee Guillory, Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
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