Explore the most popular birding trails in Sitgreaves National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I love this trail! Will keep coming back for sure!

I'll go again and again! I prefer weekdays, much more peaceful but always fun anytime. The eagle people are always nice and let you watch the eagles and always a great chance to make friends with the chipmunks.

I did this clockwise from the trailhead. The best part is that if you just do out-and-back on See Canyon, you will not get any views along the rim. I didn’t follow this exact route, recommend that you when you get closer to the Drew Canyon trail descent, turn right to take the trails/roads that go toward the rim. There is a campground along this road and his has excellent views from the rim. I hike a bunch of miles and it was a moderate hike for me. For the average hiker, I would consider moderate to hard. See Canyon is hard to follow at times and semi-steep at the top. Also a bunch of turns through out that you need to navigate.

much improved with a lot of single track. Nice up and down. super views. The big negative. the ruts caused by ATV's. good chance of seeing wild horses in the forest.

This is a very beautiful hike. To me, it is easy, and I am not a professional hiker. I made it to the top. The top of the mountain is just a road, no scenic views, nothing like that. Be careful with sliding rocks. Pay attention to trail markers like tiny ribbons on branches, stacking rocks, carvings, and affixed markers to find your way to the top and back. The trail is steep and narrow when it’s about 800 feet away from the top. The hike is about 1700ft elevation in change. Bring snacks and water. It took me 1 hour to complete See Spring (extremely easy hike, all scenic views), and 4 hours to complete See Canyon. There is cell service for Verizon customer, but I am not sure about other carriers. Have fun and enjoy!!! Don’t give up half way because the views along the trail are magnificent and breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent and easy hike! Very lush forest, peaceful creek you walk through a few times and beautiful scenery every where. It was cloudy when we went and I was afraid the clouds would let loose any time, which it didn't, but it really provided some nice shade for us. There is camping nearby (tent) and an outhouse. Just a short dirt road to the trailhead. You will see the creek at the beginning of the hike and follow it sometimes as well. Family friendly and relaxing. Highly recommend this hike!

Eagle nest were amazing

A very nice hike. Was a challenge for my aging body. My app set the distance at 7 miles without adding the short hike to the spring. It was straight up to the top of the rim. No spectacular views from the sperspective at the top. But beautiful coming up the canyon. In September the temperature was 90 by mid morning but it was a lot cooler up at the top. The trail is well marked with reflectors on the trees. The second half of the climb is steep and rocky. Coming down there were sections that felt like skiing down the scree.

This trail was recommended by a woman who lives in Payson so I had a feeling i would like this one. It was harder and longer than the rating on here but my friend and I hike often so we could handle it, just didn’t expect it. There was hardly anyone on the trail and many parts were grown over. This was great but also made it hard to find the trail so a few times we got lost then had to turn around and figure out how to get back RJ the trail.

The last 2ish miles are VERY steep so you need to watch your step (I didn’t and slipped down the side landing on my wrist) and bring poles if you’re prone to slipping or babe bad ankles or knees. I wear an ankle brace so that helped during my fall.

Overall, I loved this green, peaceful, unique trail. It reminded me so much of Minnesota in the summer. We heard tons of birds, saw a baby tarantula, saw many lizards, and the view at the top is beautiful. It took us 4 hours to complete 10 miles per Fitbit.

This is the one trail I hike every week.

hiking
2 months ago

What an awesome beautiful hike. We really enjoyed our time here. This hike is now one of my favorites. up there with West Fork and Butcher Jones. I highly recommend this trail. Very easy and only about 4 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy hike which most kids can do. We had our three year old and I had to carry her for some of it, but our older kids did fine. Getting to the spring was great and it was a nice cool hike in the pines.

This was a good trail with lots of views. We got to see the Bald Eagle’s best along with babies. My only advise would to bring lots of water and sun screen. Also in some areas water shoes would be nice to have.

My family and I loved this trail. The weather was
Beautiful and the trail was nice. It wasn’t very well marked, though, and the parking lot attendant told us it was 5 miles. I should have tracked it. We had an easy time finding the trail markers at times and then not so much at other times. I would also rate it as easy. It’s a pretty flat trail.

on See Canyon Trail #184

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Don’t expect anything at the top. It’s not one of those hikes. It just leads to a road at the very top. But the whole trail itself is beautiful! Plush grass, big trees, rivers and running water! Towards the top it gets a little steep. Take good shoes because there are a lot of loose rocks. But it’s a must see if you’re in payson! The trail is easy to find and the parking area is good!

hiking
2 months ago

As mentioned in other reviews, this trail is not 6.1 miles, its more like 8 miles round trip.
The trail should be rated hard in my opinion.
A lot of shade and tree cover throughout the hike.
You will have a couple of creeks crossings
Great trail

This trail wasn’t mark clearly to signify that we were on it or the B.V. Trail. It was good exercise & some nice views. The fresh smell of the pines is always welcomed.

This is a pretty small lake, with water that maybe isn't the cleanest, but is still very beautiful, especially if you go super early. I got there before sunrise and no one was in the lot. By the time I hiked around the lake, on a weekday, it was filling up and there were many people fishing. Lots of trash, fishing lines, etc. Most of it lovely and beautiful area though. I probably wouldn't rush back and would prefer to explore other areas before heading back here. Hike was not hard at all, much closer to easy than moderate.

hiking
3 months ago

Totes awesome!! Great escape from summer heat. Afternoon hike, 68 degrees, rolling thunder in background. Occasional brief showers, but no big deal.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful lake, breathtaking views, wonderful hike. Be careful when taking your dogs, there are quite a few off leash dogs at this lake.

Nice looping hike along the lake. Busy place, but worth the drive.

Good loop around the lake. Easy for kids.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a really pretty short hike. At the end, you get to see the beginning of the Christopher Creek and a beautiful small waterfall! the whole way there is uphill, then on the way back you get the reward of going down! it's really nice that it is such a short Trail. A car that rides low will not be able to drive all the way to the trailhead. The road is super super rocky and rough. We did it in a minivan and were fine.

3 months ago

Nice easy hike. At the mouth of the spring we challenged our kids to keep their hands in the water as long as they good, it is quite cold.
As some may have previously stated, the toughest part of this trail is getting to it. Pretty rocky. With that said though, we took our Honda Odyssey Up it with six people and it was just fine. Just drive slow and careful.

Cool trail! Road is dirt and has deep ruts. We went for hike during monsoon season. Drove there in an Impala and were able to get in and out fine. But if it has rained we would have most likely gotten stuck.

hiking
4 months ago

Went on a Wednesday morning, arrived around 9:00 AM- did not pass one person on the trail! People were on the shore fishing, but didn’t see anyone on the actual hiking path. In shade most of the time. We left around 11:00 AM, right as it started to get pretty warm (85-90). Perfect day for me and my pup!

Think it was really 3.5 but better than 3. WE got there at 8am on a Saturday and it was pleasantly cool at 71 degrees and parked right at the store. The most noise at that time was coming from the baby cranes in the next on the north side of lake. It was quiet but the first half mile of the shore was completely filled with fisherman. Lots of families with little kids :). First 2 miles was flat, easy and not too entertaining (except for the baby cranes in the trees that we spotted). The last 1.7 miles was more interesting with some rocks, switch backs. Wildlife spotting was somewhat disappointing, the cranes, a few osprey and lotsa stellar jays. The last mile was horrific with noise as inconsiderate hikers descended upon the trail carrying loud music, off leash out of control dogs, etc. The lake looked clean and refreshing and we woulda' loved to have been on the lake in the early am before the crowds got there. When we left at 1130 it was a zoo - people double parking, etc. IT was 77 at 1130. Good little 3.7 mile (exacly on my Garmin) hike with little challenge but enough to get you out of the Valley.

Easy hike, great views, lots of shade

hiking
4 months ago

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve hiked

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful, easy a great, quick way to get out of the valley of the sun!!

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