Gowan Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews

Gowan Trail is a 0.4 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
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
141 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
14 days ago

Very Short, very heavily tracked, but absolutely beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Must do! Follow their advice: lots of water, snacks make it a pleasant afternoon. Hiking shoes and poles are great!

3 months ago

This is the second time I have been here. The waterfall this time wasnt to heavy but it is still a beautiful sight to see. My kids had a blast!

4 months ago

Amazing hike! Its very short and its kind of steep but with decent gym shoes you'll be fine. The rocks are slippery at the bottom but it's so worth it! I'd go back again. There's also a $7 fee.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike and under the bridge is an amazing open cavelike feel with water spraying down from above. The wet rocks under the bridge are slippery but we’ll worth the effort.

hiking
6 months 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.

6 months ago

hiked down and through the natural bridge.

hiking
7 months 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

9 months ago

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

9 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
10 months ago

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

11 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.

11 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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

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
Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Nice day walk.

hiking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

nice scenic views of waterfall on this trail. too many youngsters for the difficult part at bottom. otherwise not bad. will do this again.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

I never get sick of this hike . Easy and beautiful

walking
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

So Beautiful! Perfect morning hike

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

Really a nice way to end a camping trip.

hiking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My hike was around 1.6 miles by doing the Waterfall trail, then the Pine Creek trail to the Gowan trail. This is a nice scenic trail that is not very difficult. You will have to climb over some boulders and jump from rock to rock at some points and some are slippery from use and moisture. Wear decent hiking shoes. If you’re looking for a “real” hike this is not it. But for what it was it was fun.

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