Cypress Trail to Boulders Trail Loop

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Cypress Trail to Boulders Trail Loop is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Payson, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles
282 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running







A short little downhill single track trail right outside of town. Fairly easy but loose sand might get a little sketchy.

2 months ago

Great time. Beautiful country.

3 months ago

The name is a slight misrepresentation of the hike, the cypress trail and boulders trail do not connect back into each other from the fork. Found out the hard way when we reached the end of cypress and had to hike the road all the way to the end and bushwhack through the creek bed back to the boulders trail. Otherwise great hike in mid April!
Make sure you choose which trail you are doing because, once again, they separate and do not meet again. Cypress goes north to the road where the monument trailhead is; whereas boulders is the loop.

6 months ago

Great hike

6 months ago

I love this hike. Except - the amount of dog feces at the beginning of the trail (off of Phoenix street). It amazes me that dog owners can be so rude. I actually need to find a different way to the trail because of the amount of dog crap.

7 months ago

Good hike if you are in the area. Trail is well marked and not crowded. Went in a Sunday saw 4 hikers and 2 bikers no atvs.

mountain biking
8 months ago

I would come back and hike this trail for sure. However, I would not bike this loop again. Bikers- if you are a very experienced rider (better than intermediete)and have a full-suspension bike with big tires, go for it. If not, I would urge you to hike vs. bike.

I brought my hard-tail out and ended up hiking more than biking. Deep and soft washes and very technical climbs and descents. There are a few really fun parts on the bike, but I would much rather have enjoyed the hike.

8 months ago

Beautiful! Great experience! Nice range of uphill and downhill, trees and awesome boulders; gorgeous scenery! When the sun went down, songs of crickets and cicadas accompanied us. I’d love to do this again, going the other direction around the loop for another perspective; stay longer and perhaps enjoy a picnic on a boulder. Mid-to-late October and the temperatures were very hospitable.

8 months ago

This trail is just a short distance off Granite Dells. Loved the trail and sights. Very quite and light traffic.

9 months ago

We enjoyed this trail quite a bit. The first 1/3 is relatively flat as it descends into a rocky wash. Then there are are some large boulders to navigate. We took our 7 y.o. JRT trail dog with us, who had to be carried over the boulders (small legs), but otherwise not too demanding on her.

All in all, lightly trafficked, and sparsely marked in areas. Otherwise, great scenery.

10 months ago

Trails weren't well-marked in this area so bring a map! Beautiful are though.

10 months ago

This trail has been destroyed by dirt bikers who have churned the trail to sand in many places. It was sad to see. Some steep sections are very eroded and difficult to walk. The Forest Service should close this trail to motorized use and rehabilitate the area. The trail is hard to find at times and the PATS signs are few and far between in the beginning.

11 months ago

this trail was awesome. A geocaching group came up here as an event and hiked it. the views and some of the boulders. speechless. how I love AZ.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Took a friend from the East Coast and my two dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Border Collie mix on a Wednesday. We saw one couple bringing their dogs out when we got there at noonish, and didn't see another soul on the whole trail. Trail is clean, well maintained, and hosts some beautiful views. Don't let some of the lackluster photos of this trail fool you--its lovely.

Monday, May 15, 2017

these trails shown have a name posted with trail markers. the loop shown is a total of three trails. Cypress trail, boulders loop north, boulders south. has loose granite on boulders north. boulders south has a steep hill. Cypress is the mile going to the loop very flat with good speed for bikes.

Monday, May 01, 2017

This is definitely an easy hike and the trail signs keep you going in the right direction. It was a great hike with my wife and dogs. Follow the ribbons and arrows.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This is NOT a totally rideable mountain bike trail. Many hike a bike areas for a solid intermediate rider. However, this a a very beautiful area. Most of the Trail is well marked. Some areas you may wonder which way to go. Look for red ribbon in trees or a rock carin to find you way to the next sign. I am glad I did it once but will not do it again on a bike. I am an advanced intermediate rider.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Very pretty hike! Part of it is called the boulder trail. There were trail signs often which was nice!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Great hike! One of the most beautiful trails around and so close to home if you live in Payson.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

According to the Payson Area Trail System this is the Cypress Trail. It connects with the Boulder Loop Trail to the east.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 07, 2014

This trail was made by locals of payson and they call it trail 200. It is called this because to build a trail similar to this could cost $200000.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 30, 2012

This trail starts out right out of a cul-de-sac onto a four wheeler trail. Take a left about 100 feet up the double track to reach the trailhead. The trail begins with a nice flowing downhill section after an initial climb up some solid rock.

There are some nice technical sections as well as some flowing downhill. A few hill climbs but the payoff is well worth it. The scenery is amazing. Huge boulders, pine groves, mountain vistas, and wildlife are abundant along the trail.

The trail winds around the mountainside and then forks at a rock outcrop. Take the left trail for a short loop or take the right trail for a little longer ride.

Take a lot of water.

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