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Laurie Sandman
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Parked on S. Gifford and trailhead is there; and a little ways up the trail turns sharply left . At the beginning, trail was difficult to find. There are no trail markers anywhere . Once we found the trail , terrain was steady up; and then gentle ups and downs. Did 5.2 miles if the 5.9– didn’t do final scramble —too hot

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Kerry K Scotti
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

It’s a hot hike to do in the summer. We started around 9 AM, but on a hot day, the heat will get to you, due to lack of shade. The trail was not marked at all. You must follow map on AllTrails or you will go off the trail easily. Beautiful views and a good hike. Definitely bring extra water, JIC !

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Vicki Jensen
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this trail used to be a 5 star for us but now it's getting so overused that it's not as peaceful. Also about 2 years ago the mountain bikers "discovered" it and now it has become a popular destination for mountain bikers. Unfortunately the mountain bikes have ruined parts of the trail with big ruts, making lots of loose gravel and much less desirable for hikers. And with its popularity has also come spray painted graffiti on some of the beautiful boulders which makes you feel sad and angry at the same time and spoils things. There are quite a few offshoots on this trail but if you just stay on the main trail you dont need a map. Not sure why so many reviewers needed a map. I have hiked all over, on and off trail, in this area and never needed a map. It is beautiful and with many breathtaking views. Easy hike.

M M
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Hiking

first off it bears mentioning there is almost no parking for this. it is in a residential neighborhood and you have to park just off of a cul-de-sac. by far one of if not the most frustrating and confusing all trails maps I've seen yet. just like everybody else said you will spend a lot of your time searching for the trail. additionally when you're getting started out you will butt up against many people's backyards. it was really quiet I only saw a couple other people which was great, but there are 101 ways to do this trail system. I would not travel to Payson solely for this trail. but if you are up here and don't have much else going on this would be a decent way to spend a few hours.

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Donata Cobb
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Hiking

Great trail.

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Charlotte Klein
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Hiking

Terrible Trail for kids!! I took my 5 year old and 10 year old yesterday midday and it was a boring trail because the topology and foliage is the same the entire trail. There is no “peak” or lake or anything exciting. It is really fine gravel that is uneven, so they both fell multiple times. The real reason I would NEVER mark this as a good hiking trail is there are tons of unmarked trails for UTV/ATV’s, so not only did we get off our trail for a bit but I had to scream at the top of my lungs for a UTV to “STOP” so they didn’t hit my children! It was terrifying! And this was midday on a Tuesday, I would NEVER go on a hike here after work hours or on a weekend. Way too dangerous!

Mohsin Shabbir
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very quiet and peaceful trail. not the best scenery, but still lots of fun.

jesus valdez
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Mountain bikingRocky

A little more than moderate.

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Jonathsn Bartley
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HikingNo shade
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Nick Dwyer
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Great trail for kids and dogs!

Brian Dole
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HikingOver grownRocky

Great little trail. The only reason I am Giving it 4 out of 5 is primarily due to sporadic trail markings and many fallen trees on path. Thankfully a ton of cairns along the way. Got a little turned around when crossing a dry river bed and ended up adding a mile or so to this but no biggie. (Thanks to some well mannered hikers that pointed me back in the right direction!). Outside of that, beautiful meandering paths through woods, meadows and canyons. Highly recommend hiking with poles as some areas are steep and counterbalance is good on descent.

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Trail Mess
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HikingRockyScramble
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Aliz Hill
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I did part of this trail hiked about 3 miles of it, wish it was marked better lost the trail a few times due to other making new ones. If you bring your pup be ready for many people to have their pups (not) on a Dog leash. (that being a warning please remember just because your dog maybe friendly doesn't mean others that are not ready for another to run at them will always be friendly) Anyway during spring/summer please bring alot of water possibly pup shoes to protect the pads. Other then that I'll be going back for sure to finish the whole thing. Not sure how to add photos so just follow me on Instagram @princess_aliz

Taylor Huth
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Hiking

A nice trail if you’re looking for a quiet path by the river.

Jerry Hernandez
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Hiking

Nice loop trail. The waypoint labeled "Ridge Explore" is basically make your own way to the summit off the trail. There was no visible trail up or down. Pretty steep up but the view on top was worth it. I'd say taking that detour cost about an hour or so, which is factored into the description time. I docked it a star because this trail is misrepresented.

Ken Kessler
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After you turn right its dirt road roughly for 1 1/2 miles. Don't need 4 wheel drive, there are a few rough areas. Great out and back hike! At the beginning you'll cross the creek a few times. Gradual incline at first then sections of steep inclines. Just before mile 2 start watching for cairns, they will guide you in the right direction. Some areas are overgrown but not to the point you have to turn around. Once you get to the road you made it to the end.

paul bearden
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Hiking

This trail pretty easy to follow. The person who marked this course went off trail couple times. Follow the groomed trail and you’ll be fine. I recommend it.

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Eric Noel
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HikingOff trailRocky

The main part of the trail is awesome, but to summit the peak you will be off trail going up and down.

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Misty Edison
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Hiking

Loved this trail! I would rate it as moderate as long as you pace yourself uphill. Should be nicknamed butterfly trail. There were hundreds! There were wild strawberries (hopefully since my gf ate one lol) and a geocache. Wouldn't go all the way to the rim as there's no view but alltrails verifies as completed right before the last hill to the road.

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Chris Hoskins
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OHV/Off Road DrivingOver grown

I would NOT recommend this for larger rigs like my Jeep JLUR. There wasn't really any challenging terrain, but the trail is VERY tight. Pinstripes are a certainty and there were some tree passes that I BARELY made it through. If I wasn't stock and wheels that stuck past my fenders I'm not sure I would have been able to get through. If you have a CJ/YJ?TJ you would probably be ok.

Nancy Ash
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Hiking

Nice trail with some shade along the way. Beautiful scenery and signage is mostly good. Alltrails help me stay on track. If you do Cypress Trail by itself to the Granite Dells Road it is very sandy and steep at parts. No shade there. Boulders trails are beautiful and the scenery with the huge boulders is majestic. Not many people on the trail. Some streams are still going. I did all of Cypress Trail first there and back was 2.7 miles then I did Cypress to boulders. Total about 8 miles. Bring lots of water and a Walkingstick was very helpful

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Jason Fifield
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BackpackingBugs
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Brian Dole
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Hiking

So, second time is the charm I suppose! This time I decided to go ‘counter clockwise’ starting on the Boulders Trail. Without question, this is a beautiful trail with stunning boulder crop-pings. I will say I found the signage and markers a bit confusing with room for improvement. This is the only reason I give this 4 of 5 stars. On Boulder Trail, there was a sign to add an extra few miles (I believe the sign choice was to either take Boulder North or South-one option added some mileage which I was looking to do). In any event, While I was unsure whether I was on the North or South Trail option along the Boulder section, the All Trails app did confirm me to be ‘On Trail’ which was reassuring. After finishing the Boulders Trail segment, I came to the Cypress Segment which appears to be a lot shorter?? Anyway, next time I’ll start on Cypress instead (clockwise) and writer a 3rd review! No question about the beauty of this one. I also found the paths to be well groomed, wide and easy to walk despite the ‘loose small gravel’. Enjoy this one just watch the signs and pay attention!

Diana Hitchings
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Hiking

Hiked this trail on a 90 degree day in the afternoon. There was plenty of shade and we brought plenty of water, so we enjoyed this awesome hike and stunning views. We took the trail counter clockwise. About 2.5 miles in, we stopped to soak our feet at a spot just off the trail with an underground creek. Just stop and listen for the sound of running water. This is a really fun and peaceful trail. Highly recommend. We will be back in the fall.

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