Pine Creek Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop 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: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 229 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

cave

forest

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

fee

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. Dogs are allowed on the paved paths but not on the trails.

hiking
3 days ago

Trails are now open! There is an entrance fee-per person. Dogs are allowed on the paved paths but not on the trails. Other trails: -Gowan Trail-great view of bridge from below. (The observation deck is closed due to repair) -Anna Mae- short trail, that goes under Tonto Natural bridge. Lots of bouldering. -Waterfall trail- super short trail that leads to a weeping waterfall-steep.

hiking
12 days ago

Have done this trail a few times and I love it. Not an extremely difficult hike but well worth it. Beautiful views inside.

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closed
1 month ago

All trails in Park are Closed. Viewpoints only and they still make you pay full price!

1 month ago

Very rocky and expect to do some scrambling. Several arrows along the path to keep you moving in the right direction. The anticipation of seeing the Tonto Bridge makes this an exciting one.

hiking
3 months ago

We went down the creek and out to the waterfall. Not as much water as I thought there would be but it was beautiful and fun. Lots of scrambling, arrows clearly marked the way.

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rocky
3 months ago

Trail re-opened today after the water level in the creek subsided enough to allow crossing on exposed boulders. Beautiful day, even though it's not as green as other times of the year. As others have mentioned, you need to be on the lookout for markings as you traverse through the canyon along the creek. A fun short hike, that's moderately challenging.

hiking
4 months ago

1/4/20 - Trail closed until further notice.

hiking
6 months ago

10-27-19 Beautiful Scenic morning hike to The Natural Bridge and the Waterfall at the end is breathtaking! We also hiked Anna Mae and Waterfall Trail, Gowan Trail to observatory deck was closed. Lots of squirrels and beautiful blue birds! Witnessed approximately 20 Javelinas grazing in the sunlight, very cool!!! $7.00 fee/washrooms and plenty of parking....Enjoy!

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fee
rocky
6 months ago

It was very beautiful. Costs $7 per person to get in which isn't bad. It was very rocky so it was fun to climb over areas. Much better than just walking on a cleared trail.

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scramble
7 months ago

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scramble
7 months ago

Really nice scramble among the boulders - found out the hard way to follow the arrows. Most other paths end in deep pools of water. The finale of the natural travertine bridge was awesome, although a bit crowded with families on a beautiful Fall weekend. Hiking into the tunnel and down to the pool under the natural bridge was a little slippery - be careful and wear decent shoes or boots. The hike up out of the gorge on the Ana Mae trail was steep but short.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Awesome hike, leads to the natural bridge. Scramble through the boulders, and follow the arrows. Loved this trail

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Awesome hike!!

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rocky
8 months ago

It was really awesome! I only did Pine Creek and Ana Mae trail...Gowan was not recommended due to the lookout being closed which was a bummer. Good combination of rocky terrain, flat dirt areas, and a steep climb with wooden stairs. Kind of a hodge podge to keep the hiker entertained. Definitely not for dogs. Small kids would be okay if supervised strictly. Lots of areas requiring the use of hands to balance. The views are amazing. The waterfall under the bridge falls like rain with the wind blowing and is perfect for cooling off the hiker after being in the sun. Although there are shady areas throughout. It felt like a rainforest at the beginning of Pine Creek Trail then quickly shifts into sand and rock and tons and tons of Travertine!

hiking
8 months ago

Great easy hike, but the observation deck (Gowen Trail) was closed. Looked completed, so I'm not sure why? Will be great when they open it! Walked down and thru, great views and the cool water dripping down felt great.

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bridge out
rocky
8 months ago

The view at the end of this trail made the $7 fee totally worth it. I might recommend going on the Ana Mae trail down to the view and then taking this trail back, however, for a slower, steadier incline up rather than the Ana Mae’s stairs. Make sure your shoes have decent tread as well with all of the rock hopping you’ll do.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail had amazing views . Very rocky going through Pine Creek to get to the waterfall. I DO NOT recommend wearing flip flops while hiking at anytime but especially this one. The rocks can be slippery down by the waterfall. I slipped a few times and I had on hiking boots. Saw too many people wearing them!!! Didn’t experience any bug issues, there is shade on the hike, and if you want to get close to the waterfall be prepared to get a little wet but it feels good. We followed a park ranger down to the waterfall area and he told us all the water is from a natural spring and showed us a little hidden area where some water was dripping from in a cave. Recommend this hike it’s a short one but worth it!!

hiking
9 months ago

I've been on these hikes many times. This time 2 of the 4 trails weren't in good repair and were unable to be used. Still cost $7 per person to get into this State Park.

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off trail
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Completed with my wife and 5 and 10 year old kids. Lots of foot traffic, my wifes new favorite trail. Beautiful!!!

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rocky
10 months ago

Love the hike beautiful view!!! Only that was a little tough was the slippery rocks! Take good shoes!

hiking
10 months ago

it's beautiful. but the trail can get way to crowded with hikers.

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off trail
rocky
10 months ago

Fun and relatively easy trail. Just finished hiking this for the second time with my wife and kids.

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