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.
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.