Jones Ranch Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Jones Ranch Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.7 miles
757 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running


wild flowers

Spanish Fork Ranger District 44 West 400 North Spanish Fork, UT 84660 (801) 798-3571

1 day ago

August 8, 2018. AllTrails lists this as Moderate difficulty, but I would call it Easy. I was able to hike from bottom to top only taking quick breaks to snap photos along the trail; no resting to catch breath. It's about 50/50 sun vs shade with alternating sections through aspen forests and open fields/meadows. It's a very well marked trail w/ gradual incline and only one 100 yard steep section towards the top (southeast end) of the trail. AllTrails app tracked it at 2.7 miles but trail signs say 3 miles long.
There's several small creek crossings with most covered by a well constructed bridge/pathway and only a couple hops across rocks over two or three other small drainage crossings. There's one gate you have to go through and lock behind you. Looks like lots of mountain bikes and motorcycles use this trail. I have noticed on Saturday's that the parking areas on the ends are quite full. I hiked it on a Sunday afternoon and only encountered one other person on the trail. It's very powdery dirt along the trail...really dusty. Lots of cows and cow pies the entire route, but the cattle don't get too close.
The trail head at the bottom/start (north end) is well marked. If starting at the uphill side (south end) there's a sign by the road that says 'Jones Ranch' where you'll go through a flat that usually has several campers/trailers. Continue to the north end of the flat camping areas until you see the large wood sign and trail head marker.

10 days ago

Nice trail, no other people that day (a Wednesday afternoon) , just some cows. Well maintained, beautiful going through the aspens, no hard climbs. Would definitely go again

21 days ago

Easy to moderate hike. Pretty scenery. Lots of cattle, in mid-July at least.

mountain biking
10 months ago

For mountain biking this is the greatest trail in Utah County. Absolutely gorgeous terrain, easy wide trail, mostly downhill. Just amazing.

11 months ago

this is a fun trail. I started at the south end of the trail. I if your on bike going the way i did, its super loose dirt and hard to get traction. but after that its mostly downhill. There are some creek crossings, jumps, and lots of blind turns.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Well maintained trail climbs through trees and meadows with views of Loafer, Santiquin, Nebo peaks. Saw a large herd of Elk on the trail early in the morning on the hike. If you have someone drop you off at the southeast end of the trail you can make this a mostly downhill hike and be picked up at the southwest end of the trail. There is a 100ft climb at the southeast Trailhead. The trail starts in an area where campers stay and is at the northwest end of this area. I didn't get out to the road to see if there is a sign indicating the trailhead on this end.

12 days ago