Gowan Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, AZ that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
To get there from Payson, take the Beeline Hwy to N. 87, after the circles, it is about 8 miles and the turn off is on your left, follow the signs.
Beautiful views of the natural bridge and canyon. The hike down is fairly easy, but there are benches for the way up if you aren't in as good of shape as you think you are. The bottom stops at an observation deck. You can scramble and rock hop into the tunnel. The rocks are highly polished and super slippery if wet. Good shoes are a must here. The waterfall is not a steady running stream but more of a dripping one. Worth the time
Gorgeous scenery! Wear hiking boots or shoes with good tread. Slippery rocks are everywhere.
gorgeous place, recommend a visit!
Love this hike. I go at least once a year and it's fun to climb around the rocks under the bridge.
nice scenic views of waterfall on this trail. too many youngsters for the difficult part at bottom. otherwise not bad. will do this again.
I never get sick of this hike . Easy and beautiful
So Beautiful! Perfect morning hike
Really a nice way to end a camping trip.
My hike was around 1.6 miles by doing the Waterfall trail, then the Pine Creek trail to the Gowan trail. This is a nice scenic trail that is not very difficult. You will have to climb over some boulders and jump from rock to rock at some points and some are slippery from use and moisture. Wear decent hiking shoes. If you’re looking for a “real” hike this is not it. But for what it was it was fun.
No dogs allowed on the trail at all
Gowan Trail is the more general public access to the bottom of the valley, or to reach the underneath side of the natural bridge. It is mostly natural surface, steep descent, an leads to an observation deck. You also have access to underneath the natural bridge if you are adventurous. Also their is a waterfall viewed. Highly recommended even though their is no privacy. Heavy traffic. However, if you go early in the day and during the week, you have a chance for low traffic.