Pine Creek Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Payson, AZ that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.
It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. Begin by following Gowan Trail, then once on the bottom there are arrows that show proper trail direction, complete the point-to-point by following the Pine trail, this brings you up the other side.
This is basically rock hopping with a smack amount of conventional trail. You will have the creek basin to yourself. Everyone is here for the natural bridge. There are several birds that will keep you company. The scenery is nice. Several small cascades provide a pleasing sound too.
Awesome hike. Wouldn't recommend for young children or anyone who isn't confident in their ability to hike steep rocks. Great scenery though and just enough of a challenge for those who are more experienced.
My 6 year old was a trooper. The hike down is not bad. The rocks can be challenging for young kids. Due to the nature of warlike the full trail, we had to go back up then down on the other end. The view was wonderful and the hike was nice. The view kept changing as we went. If you have kids who like hiking in the rocks, do the hole trail. Me and her will be going back to complete the full trail. Worth every minute of the trip would recommend it to anyone.
Walked and done Beautiful hike.
ton of fun!
What a hike! This is not your average "go hiking" experience! You will be climbing over rocks and crossing water by playing leap frog. Kids all loved it. They are 5,11 and 17. The 5 year old got a bit lazy towards the end but he was a trooper. We had a picnic while we were about half way through. You go from feeling like you are in the pines to almost a rainforest experience. Can't wait to come back!
Beautiful and enjoyable for kids. There are areas you'll be climbing over rocks but, nothing terrible. Loved it!
This hike was pretty amazing, it had beautiful views and great weather.
One of my favorites, it really has everything ! Even though they're short lived :)
very short trails but well maintained. a little expensive to get in $7/per person. beautiful picnic areas with restrooms.
We did this right after my daughter turned 3. She loved every second of it and was able to make it down and back up with just having her hand held.
I recommend it for people with little kids, however my daughter did drink a lot of water (almost 2 bottles) and need a few snacks at the bottom and the top to keep her going.
We went in August and the waterfall was alive and well, the creek was full, and the tarantulas were out (we saw 4 on the trail). We just let them cross and passed behind them. My daughter was completely fascinates with them.