Derrick Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Payson: Travel north on Hwy. 260, then turn north on Forest Road 289. The trail starts just past the cattleguard on the east side of the road. The trail may be used with Trail 33 and a trail along Forest Road 289 to form a loop.
trail was easy to follow. distance as described was close to accurate. I had it at 6.5 miles there and back. the profile is accurate with a constant slope all the way up. about 3/4 the way up there were some great views! the trail head allot of cobble or loose rock. going down was comfortable, but not on the ankles from the rocks. high top boots are a must.
Took Derrick trail to Highline trail, then down to Horton trail. Nice 10 mile loop, great scenery and not heavily traveled.
A nice trail with some lovely views! I would definitely not rate this difficult as it is pretty mild throughout the entire trail. I went on an overcast Saturday and only saw one group of people exiting on my way in. Would recommend if you are looking for something quiet and more secluded.
Started on Horton creek to Derrick and looped back. About 11 miles total.
Michel H R.
Great trail with amazing views and scenery! However, not following a creek!
Neat trail but definitely more easy than moderate
Amazing views of the rim!
Great trail with beautiful views of the rim.