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Dry Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 1,988 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Rocky Scramble No shade
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Amazing views from Dry Mountain ridge and summit, but poor trail conditions in some sections and very steep. Take dirt road that heads NW from Santaquin Meadows and continue about 1/4 mile to the Sheepherder Hill trail sign. Follow Sheepherder Hill trail for about 1/8 to 1/4 mile from start, then turn onto Dry Mountain trail (on the left / west). It's moderately sloped to begin with as the trail meanders through some aspens and pines, but is quite overgrown. Then it's steep and overgrown to the saddle, extremely steep from saddle to ridgeline, then moderately sloped but very rocky along the summit ridge for another 3/4 to 1 mile until the summit of Dry Mountain. The trail is very overgrown in parts, so pants are recommended. Trekking poles recommended for both going up and down to help prevent slipping. Not much of a trail really exists from saddle to ridge, but it's easy to see your objective - just go up, up, up. Great views of Payson Canyon on way up and 360 degree views at summit. No water. Limited shade after first mile; mostly exposed.

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Adam Cowie
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Amazing views from Dry Mountain ridge and summit, but poor trail conditions and very, very steep. 5 star views; 2 star trail conditions. Take dirt road that heads NW from Santaquin Meadows and continue about 1/4 mile to the Sheepherder Hill trail sign. Follow Sheepherder Hill trail for about 1/8 to 1/4 mile from start, then turn-off to Dry Mountain trail is on the left (west). It's moderately sloped to begin with as the trail meanders through some aspens and pines...then it's steep to the saddle, extremely mega steep from saddle to ridgeline, then moderate slope but very rocky along the summit ridge. Very overgrown in parts. Pants recommend. Trekking poles recommended for both going up and down. Not much of a trail really exists from saddle to ridge, but easy to see your objective - just go up, up, up. Great views but... uhgg. No water. Mostly exposed.

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Chris A Tree
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Abe Rumney
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US Forest Service is not allowing camping past the gate about 4 mi before the dry mountain trailhead.

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Shawn Nelson
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Dry Mountain is a very underused trail. You have to drive to Santaquin Meadows and turn west at the road that goes off. From there its a 1/2 mile to the gate/fence area where you can park you car. The trail itself has some growth over it but once you hit the saddles its straight up from there. During the summer there are tons of flowers and butterflies, and is the only mountain that gives you a great view of the Nebo Loop Trail's surroundings. Pretty short for such a high mountain (given the car gets you halfway up)

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Felix Espinoza
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Ryan B
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