Gowan Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews

Gowan Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

cave

river

views

waterfall

rocky

no dogs

To get there from Payson, take the Beeline Hwy to N. 87, after the circles, it is about 8 miles and the turn off is on your left, follow the signs.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked down and through to other side. Easily worth the park entrance fee. Amazing. Rocks are wet, don’t be the idiots we saw wearing flip flops and tennis shoes if you want to pass through.

13 days ago

hiked down and through the natural bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Gowan Trail is a short downhill walk to a man-made metal bridge, which you cross over to see the waterfall. You can feel the water and will get wet. If you are with children, be careful because the rocks are slippery, smooth and wet. There is a $7/person entrance fee, payable at the entrance

4 months ago

Pretty steep in and out but we were sore from all day hiking day before! All ages completed so do able

4 months ago

Did this with my four year old and a few parts of the trail were pretty steep, but he handled it like a champ. Fantastic payoff at the bottom! Just expect to keep a hand on squirrelly kids the whole time.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike down under the tunnel. Some of the rocks at the bottom are slippery. Took little two and they did alright.

5 months ago

I am not a seasoned hiker & this was a fairly easy hike. Wear shoes that grip well, so small rocks at beginning of trail going down won't cause you to slide. Great photo opportunities & a good calorie burn on the hike back up. Bring water to drink & to squirt yourself down with on sunny days.

5 months ago

Amazing inside the bridge! The marsh on top makes it rain inside. A little steep on the way back up but plenty of resting points and well worth the trip.

6 months ago

Great trail. Easy down to the bridge. Great views.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful natural bridge! Well worth the steep but short trail.

Beautiful and amazing place. Will definitely come back!!!

hiking
8 months ago

The walk was really nice, difficult on the way back up but they warned us! My 8 year old made the trip in flip flops so it wasn't too hard. Make sure to bring a form of payment as they charge per person.

hiking
10 months ago

Although the hike itself was simple, the views were amazing. 10/10 would recommend this hike to people who appreciate nature.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous! The Natural bridge is amazing and the benches on the way back up are perfectly placed for little rests!

11 months ago

Nice day walk.

hiking
11 months ago

AMAZING!!!!

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Beautiful views of the natural bridge and canyon. The hike down is fairly easy, but there are benches for the way up if you aren't in as good of shape as you think you are. The bottom stops at an observation deck. You can scramble and rock hop into the tunnel. The rocks are highly polished and super slippery if wet. Good shoes are a must here. The waterfall is not a steady running stream but more of a dripping one. Worth the time

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gorgeous scenery! Wear hiking boots or shoes with good tread. Slippery rocks are everywhere.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

gorgeous place, recommend a visit!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Love this hike. I go at least once a year and it's fun to climb around the rocks under the bridge.

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