See Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, AZ and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.
Directions from Heber: Take State Highway 260 west for 26 miles to Forest Road 300. Follow Forest Road 300 for 2.7 miles beyond the Forest Road 34 intersection; a sign on the left indicates the trailhead.
We had a great time! We got caught in a storm as we were descending into the canyon so we took refuge under some rocks and maple trees. Once it lightened up we proceeded further in. The canyon was so quiet. Just the rustling of leaves and rain. I would definitely do it again.
Some sources list this trail as one of the most popular hikes below the Mogollon Rim, but on a Saturday in September the dogs and I were the only people on the trail. This beautiful hike begins as an easy stroll with a simple creek crossing but soon morphs into an endurance-testing sheer incline up a 1,700-foot haul to the top of the rim. Lots of shade and spectacular pine-forest scenery with the occasional "peek" through the trees of the canyon as you climb. At parts, route-finding skills are very important as the trail is not too well marked. The 7.5 miles round trip offer a VERY respectable work out and the overall beauty of the trail makes for a really satisfying day hike.