East Verde River Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews
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East Verde River Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

paddle sports

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

6 days ago

We had a great hike. was short and was finished in 1 1/2 hours and we stopped a bunch of times. trail is difficult to find most the time, but what makes that ok is your walking along the river and you can blaze your own way. passed about 8 families along the way and a group fishing in a large area with about 6 fish on their stringer. it's may 20 and temp was good.(80 degrees)

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked to flowing river rd from bridge. Very pretty but trail not maintained, which kinda made it more fun. Definitely not easy hike due to footing and lack of trail maintenance but can’t complain-I’m sure that whole canyon is a rushing river after monsoons and big rains-washing away any trail anyways. Great photo ops, babbling creek and rock climbing. Literally right off the highway- so easy access. Graffiti is limited to bridge-look to the west for giant cave-great for fire pit/camping and chill. Dogs loved it off the leash!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice little Trail right up against the Verde River there is some graffiti under the bridge. Hiking Northast the trails real easy to find south of the river one mile North you run into a road and the trail gets harder to find but you can't really get lost as there is a road to your left as you're hiking Northeast south of the river. I did this hike in the late fall it would be beautiful I think in the spring and summer. as a moderate skill mountain biker I don't think it's rideable. I would not consider that hike moderate but there are a lot of ankle twisting River Rock

I couldn’t really figure out the trail but it was pretty and the water was perfect. I’m giving it 3 stars because my dog loved swimming! There was also some graffiti which took away from the beautiful views

6 months ago

Unbelievable beautiful. Not to many people either. We wandered around on and off trail and got around fine.

hiking
9 months ago

Although this trail might be scenic at some time, as of August 15, 2017, there is no way to know without what I would call extreme hiking. Apparently the significant amount of rain that has visited the area recently has almost completely obliterated the trail. After several hundred yards from the parking lot, the trail becomes nothing more than mud holes and a vague suggestion of a trail. The trail is unmarked, and not maintained. As a result, unless you want to slosh through a lot of mud and standing water alongside the actual river bed, I would wait at least a few weeks, if not a couple months, before trying this trail.

Although one star might be harsh for the trail as we did not get very far, and the scenery we did see was very nice, I did not know what else to rate it under the circumstances. Perhaps "incomplete" would be better at this time.

hiking
Friday, May 20, 2016

Pretty area, interesting rocks, cliffs and bluffs. Lost the trail soon after starting. When we finally found one, the area is so heavily trafficked and not maintained, trails cross-cross all over the place between the plethora of campsites...or rather, party sites. So much trash all over the place! Also toilet paper everywhere we thought to "explore." Animals dig up buried poop and TP for the rest of us to enjoy because they love what we eat. Keeping a small ziploc baggie in a pocket is an easy way to pack out used TP.

camping
Monday, April 04, 2016

This was a great camping spot, but I assumed this was more of a hiking trail when this was really more of a drive and camp trail. Still had a great time and the river and waterhole view was amazing.

hiking
Monday, June 22, 2015

Great Sunday drive! A few 'loose Rock' areas requiring some all wheel drive action, and certainly not traversable without some clearance (stock Grand Cherokee with TrailHawk package).

camping
Saturday, June 28, 2014

The views are spectacular, and the trail is great. Great opportunties to swim and camp here. I camp all the time up here, it is my go to spot! Great way to beat the PHX heat!

camping
Friday, July 01, 2011

One of my favorites because there are awesome swimming holes. Great for backpacking or just a day hike, car camoing is also an option. There are also some indian ruins if you hike back awhile.

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