Jones Ranch Trail

easy 15 reviews

Jones Ranch Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Payson, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 757 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

Off-road motorcycles are allowed on this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

very pleasant and easy. only got a mile in with a 2 year old walking. :)

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail! Lots of shade, wildflowers, aspens, and meadows. I took a ton of pictures! Inclines are gradual and not difficult. Not crowded at all, even for a Saturday (passed 5 people on horseback, and two on dirt bikes). Only problem was lots of bugs, so wear bug spray. My daughter hated the grasshoppers at the beginning meadow. I only went halfway (to the second big clearing), but I'll definitely go back and finish the hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail. We loved how quiet and peaceful it was. Ran into some people on horse, but for the most part had the trail to ourselves.

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous and great for the whole family including dogs and horses!

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Did a short walk of this trail and it's beautiful. partial shade. a great trail for bikes too. we want to come back with mountain bikes and try this trail. looks easy enough we may bring our 6 and 4 year old to try riding bikes on the trail with us. it's a beautiful time if year too. just starting to cool off and leaves will be starting to change soon!

hiking
Sun Aug 12 2018

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.

hiking
Fri Aug 03 2018

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

hiking
Mon Jul 23 2018

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

mountain biking
Sun Oct 08 2017

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

Wed Sep 06 2017

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.

hiking
Sun Jun 19 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.

hiking
5 months ago

ohv/off road driving
5 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
Wed Aug 01 2018