Sheepherder Hill Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Sheepherder Hill Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.8 miles
2,388 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips



wild flowers

After crossing the bridge at the trailhead, the trail goes through a small wooded area, then winds through large, open meadows. The trail then crosses a small stream and begins climbing into steeper, forested terrain. After climbing a small hill, the trail becomes narrower and turns to the left. Up to this point the trail has followed an old, closed road. Do not continue to follow this road, instead turn to the left following the recently constructed trail. The trail from here winds through more forested areas cllimbing slowly until it breaks out onto a large ridge. The next section of the trail contours along the steep sidehill above Shingle Mill Hollow, eventually crossing the hollow and contouring back on the west side. Next the trail turns to the west going through thick conifer/aspen forest. The trail then enters some meadows and climbs up to another abandoned road. Be sure to turn left (to the west) on the road. The final section of the trail follows this abandoned road to the trailhead in Santaquin Meadows. This is a very scenic trail with few steep grades. Connecting Trail: Shram Creek Trail #124

3 days ago

I brought two teenagers and four kids along this trail. We started on the west end, at the end of the Santaquin Meadows dispersed camping area, and walked in 2.5 miles before turning around. The trail is very soft, but the elevation change on the west half is fairly minimal. Two of the kids were convinced they were going to die, but I thought the trail was very easy and never got winded. We did pass a few dirt bikers, but I wouldn't want to mountain bike this one - the trail is so soft that you're practically in sand the entire way and someone with my limited biking skill would get bogged down. It was a fairly easy hike though, and large sections of it were shady.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The All Trails directions to the trail head have you starting at the gravel parking lot off the main road. However you want to head up the side road towards Winward reservoir. If your driving up from the Payson area, there is no sign indicating the parking area is the road u want. Check your map closely. If you see Jones Trail parking area while driving on the main road; you have gone too far.
Once you're on the road to Winward reservoir, there is a fenced parking area where the road almost makes a 180. There are a few different trails starting in that area. But you can see a post with trail 99 from the road. This is the correct trail head.
Almost 2 miles from the starting point you come across a small water crossing on the trail. The trail splits here. If you take the fork to the left which goes uphill, you will connect with trail 101. To continue on the Sheep herder trail (trail 99) you want to go right and downhill.
Overall the trail is kind of boring. Lots of forest hiking and most of the meadows were dry in late July. I would say the trail is moderate with no big elevation gains. I never had to stop to catch my breath.

2 hours ago