Explore the most popular birding trails near Payson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views from ridge trail at top of 'P' Mountain and out to top of Tithing Mountain. Trail is quite rocky w/loose gravel in parts and some sections aren't much to look at - but it's the view from the top out over the valley and up Payson Canyon that make this trail worth it. A fun little hike and only 2 miles to Tithing Mountain (4 miles out and back).

We “hiked” the paved one mile loop around the lake and then fished. Really beautiful and not that busy, even for Labor Day. I personally think Tibble Fork Resevoir is more beautiful, but it’s also windy and sand gets blown everywhere up there. Big East Lake was quiet and not windy. Really loved it, as did my three kids!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked Shram Creek trail on Sept 2, 2018 up to Rock Springs trail then turned east to Lizard Lake trail and back down Lizard Lake trail to start of Shram Creek. Made for a nice out and back loop. Shram Creek Trail has some beautiful mature aspen groves and a large, very scenic meadow about half way up where you can see the Amos Backbone cliffs quite well. Nice mix of evergreens and aspens. About 60-70% shade along entire route. Except for a little trickle in Shram Creek way up where it crosses Rock Springs trail, the creeks were all dry in Sept and Lizard Lake was a tiny mud hole. It appears in spring or early summer that you'll cross several streams. Shram Creek trail is well marked. The lower turn-off trail intersect from Shram Creek trail to Lizard Lake trail is not currently marked but well used and easy to follow. Lower sections of Lizard Lake trail (below the lake) are a bit steeper than Shram Creek Trail in parts therefore makes a better 'return' route if heading down-hill. There's also an upper part of the Lizard Lake trail that is marked with trail signs and connects from Nebo Loop Road down to the Rock Springs Trail, then follow Rock Springs trail east to Lizard Lake (which is really just a small pond in the spring and drys up in mid-to-late summer). If choosing between two trails that lead to about the same spot I would take Shram Creek Trail over Lizard Lake trail (in areas below the lake).

3 months ago

Easy stroll, very scenic. Didn’t get a chance to explore as much as I’d like to, so will probably return again later

hiking
3 months ago

Moderately easy, well marked trail through mostly open meadows and aspens. About 60% sun/exposed; 20% partial shade; 20% total shade. Some rough and cobbled sections but most of trail is worn dirt path. Hiked mid-day over Labor Day weekend (9/01/18) and passed about a dozen people who were hiking, mountain biking or on motorcycles. Not what I would consider over crowded for a holiday weekend given several miles of trail. Pretty aspens but not any great destination points on the trail. Its fairly easy and a quick trail to get some outdoors time in. Crosses a few tiny springs that I expect flow quite a lot more in the spring. Expect several cows.

hiking
3 months ago

Scenic trail through aspens, pines, and meadows. Take Santaquin Canyon gravel road about 1/2 mile from Nebo Loop road to marked trail head for Rock Springs trail. Follow Rock Springs trail downslope about 1/3 mile until Kuntz Flat trail forks to the left. Some short but steep switchbacks then heads down to Kuntz Flat meadow and stream. A short ways down from the meadow the trail intersects with Sheepherder Hill trail #099. Downslope nearly the entire way to the Sheepherder trail. Moderate incline back up to starting point except a few hundred yards of steep switchbacks. Great trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Take Rock Springs trail from gravel road about 1/3 mile. Kuntz Flat trail veers to the left (NW) and heads down hill towards a very pretty meadow and trickle of a stream. Trail continues past Kuntz Flat to intersect with Sheepherder Hill trail #099.

hiking
3 months ago

Aug. 16, 2018 - Nice, moderately sloped trail that has lots of shade and good variation in meadows, aspens, and conifers. I hiked Sheepherder about 2 miles to the intersect with another trail that headed south of the Sheepherder trail, but was unmarked. It opened up into a really pretty meadow (I later learned is called Kuntz Flat) where I turned around and headed back. If I would have continued the Kuntz Flat trail connects to the Rock Springs trail further up the hill. A couple trails intersect with Sheepherder trail and were not well marked what trails they were or where they led to. I will definitely hike this one again and hope to do the entire route. Seems more secluded and a little less used than Jones Ranch or other trails closer to the paved Nebo loop road.

hiking
4 months 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.

off road driving
4 months ago

Santaquin Meadows is a dirt road with dispersed camping. It leads to a trailhead marked "Sheepherder". A few hundred feet up the hill from the trailhead, the trail splits with a faint trail heading west to dry mountain, and a much more traveled trail heading right. This trail to the right is Trails 90 and 99, both of which go several miles before intersecting with Nebo Loop. Trail 90 is Sheepherder Hill, but I'm not sure the name of 99.

The recommended route on this trail is the dirt road, which is passable with a passenger vehicle. None of the trails in the area appear to be named "Santaquin Meadows", but I drove this one on the way to the trailhead so I guess I've been on it...

This was a nice, easy, and beautiful paved trail. It’s less of a hike and more of a leisure walk for the whole family to take in the sights and enjoy. Plenty of benches and picnic tables, so be sure to pack a lunch!

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty walk.

walking
5 months ago

A very well maintained paved walking path around the lake. The best time to be up there is in the fall. The colors are incredible. We were there on a weekday and had the lake to ourselves. The path is pretty much flat and can be done with a stroller or wheelchair.

hiking
5 months ago

It was beautiful and would have been nice if we didn’t have our littles with us. I would say this hike is for 6 and up. It is a steady incline and a little long for little people. We enjoyed it nonetheless. We would go back and complete it. Never saw hikers only bikers and horses.

5 months ago

beautiful. we camped at one the campsites nearby and strolled the lake during the evening. it was a lovely weekend. bugs weren't too bad, thankfully, and it was nice to get away from the hubbub of the city... will definitely consider going back!!

horseback riding
6 months ago

Beautiful

lovely trail, quite a few creek crossings makes it harder for low level horse back riders, but lovely! definitely itely coming back.

Monday, December 04, 2017

I got some awesome pictures, the scenery was perfect.

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Its was pretty okay. Easy to find. This is more of a nature walk than a hike. I ran into a mountain biker, but no one else. This time of year most of the trees have shed and there wasnt much to look at.

Monday, August 28, 2017

very easy hike. a few good views. i saw no one else on the trail as well.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Very pretty riverside trail. We started near the Tinney Flats end; definitely bring water-friendly shoes on this one. Hiked it in mid-August, but the river crossings were many, including one 100 yard stretch where you don't leave the river, you just hop from rock to rock. Two of our group turned back during this stretch, and the other three of us made it a few miles down the trail. At that point, the trail became so muddy with running water that we felt it best to turn back.

In mid August, we did see several other groups on this trail. There is parking at the trailhead. I would not bring anyone on this trail that is not confident in river crossings and could handle them without assistance.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Easy and stunning.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Super easy, lots of people but a nice getaway. Bring mosquito spray!

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Very much enjoyed this hike. The water level is down enough to make crossing easier, I would still wear shoes you don't mind getting wet or muddy. Lots of wild flowers and varied plants. There is still a fair amount of dead fall but fairly easy to get around. I did not see one person the entire hike even for a Monday that is rare.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Nice hike that wasn't too difficult. Ran into a bunch of cows though and the mamas weren't too happy with us. Also, very hot and not tons of trees to shade you so be sure to dress appropriately.

Monday, July 03, 2017

We really enjoyed the trail around the lake. Very kid friendly.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Went on a walk around the lake today (Sunday) and it was filled with people hiking, boating, skipping rocks, fishing, and just relaxing. And it was wonderful. The weather was fantastic, it was cloudy and only a little sunny. There was a breeze and it felt great. Highly recommend for leisure activity.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

The walk around Big East Lake is gorgeous! We brought the fishing poles and fished until 10pm when the day-use area closes. We'll definitely be back.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beautiful and partially shaded, lots of green and flowers. Lake is at start of trail, not end destination. Kids did well, very low traffic

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