Pine Creek Trail

MODERATE 119 reviews

Pine Creek Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Payson, Arizona that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
278 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

cave

forest

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

no dogs

It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. Begin by following Gowan Trail, then once on the bottom there are arrows that show proper trail direction, complete the point-to-point by following the Pine trail, this brings you up the other side.

hiking
11 days ago

Pine Creek Trail is one of the trails that brings you underneath the travertine bridge. The path is well marked with arrows on rocks, so you will know that you are headed in the right direction. It is a fairly easy hike/walk and a great view entering from behind. Pine Creek Trail also connects to Gowan Trail on the other side. The entrance fee is $7 a person, which is payable at the entrance.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike! You can make it as hard or as easy as you’d like it. You can also hike pine creek and it connects to Gowan trail. Over worth the trip! 7$ per person.

20 days ago

Just incredible! Beautiful turquoise waters! Like nothing I have ever seen!

Costed $7 a person to get in and the hike was steep with some steps for just a short time. We only went under the bridge and then came back up after a bit of exploring! Not sure if the hike continues through the other side!

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking! My youngest who is 7 was able to keep up fine. Some climbing involved for the hike so dogs are not able to come. The bridge and waterfall are breathtaking! It wasn’t too busy when we went at 1:30. But you do need to pay a $7 fee per person to do the hike and site-seeing.

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. The Natural Bridge was definitely breath taking. If you pay attention during the hike, you might be able to see squirrels, field mice, and cardinals! There is one area of the hike that’s a little difficult underneath the Natural Bridge, but other than that, a nice, beautiful, moderate trail.

hiking
2 months ago

My absolute favorite short hike in Arizona! Make sure to wear shoes with good tread! Don’t go when it’s super rainy (they will close the trail). Get to the park early to avoid the crowds and make sure you get good photos! Saw several squirrels and a tiny mouse!

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful and a fun trail!

3 months ago

Be prepared to climb over some rocks. Not your typical hike :)

3 months ago

This trail is well shaded & very peaceful.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful stop for a home under a beautiful bridge! Road tripped to three other states with some pals and this was on our stop! Breath taking!

4 months ago

Its not as daunting as it sounds but still not for anyone sensitive to heat in the middle of summer. It is steep and rugged but a beautiful payoff

hiking
4 months ago

Such a beautiful park with amazing views! We love all the trails throughout the park.

hiking
5 months ago

I go here quite often. Great place to hike and enjoy the scenery

5 months ago

Beautiful!

walking
5 months ago

Fun place to explore. It is a short walk down under the natural bridge. My 3 year old had no problem with it. It can be a bit packed but it is still beautiful and very family friendly.

hiking
6 months ago

very much enjoyed this hike. this was the start of my hiking journey for this year! looking forward to bringing more friends and family. just as an fyi, it is 7.00 per person to enter the park, so bring cash

hiking
7 months ago

Overall it's a nice place to visit. The hike down is real short. Not sure it's worth the $7 per person entry fee. Rocks are super slippery under the bridge - be careful.

7 months ago

Amazing. So many fun caves and bodies of water to see along the way. Went all the way to Gowan trail and the bridge was so beautiful. There was one very sketchy very steep spot that they had a ranger stationed at to help people across that I almost didn't do but so glad o did.

7 months ago

The trail has lots of boulders and rocks to climb around and climb over. The tunnel is incredible. Wear good shoes.

7 months ago

love this short hike to the bridge with the family!

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