Hells Gate Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Hells Gate Trail is a 13.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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
13.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3484 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

backpacking
29 days ago

Challenging hike, the mileage on this app is not accurate, it's about 8 miles one way. Bring plenty of water and prepare for a rewarding experience!!

hiking
3 months ago

Went in doing a day hike. Did 5 miles in. Definitely will go back. The views were beautiful. Bring enough water. The uphill and downhill on the rocks can be a little tricky. So worth it!

3 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

We only went in about 3 miles as we were not really prepped for a long 2-day hike. But, it was truly fabulous and I can't wait to do this hike properly!

Monday, June 20, 2016

One Hell of a hike. Ran out of water half way back and temps were much hotter in the wilderness than in Payson. Wow, a serious hike and not for beginners or unprepared hikers. Camped at the creek! Definitely worth the near death experience.

hiking
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tough and Hot trail not for a beginner. But once you get there the water is worth it. We camped where the two creeks meet. Nice water holes and a few little water falls. Temp was around 95 Degrees F.