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
5 days ago

Pretty walk.

walking
15 days 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
26 days 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.

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
1 month ago

Beautiful

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

I got some awesome pictures, the scenery was perfect.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Easy and stunning.

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful, easy , relaxing.. makes a for a perfect day away.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Did this trail jun 9-10 with my 2 sons.

Water flow is still really strong and multiple stream crossings are up to my knees.

The trail is obscured and/or blocked in many places by deadfall.

Fun trail though.

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Great 'hike' (walk) for kids - nice scenery and paved path you can drive right up to. Grotto Falls is only 5-10 minutes down the road and is similarly simple/beautiful, so they're a good combo in a single day, even with kids!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

My husband & I hike this trail all the time in the summer. it's very peaceful, beautiful, & out of the many times we've hiked here we've only ever saw other people 1 time.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Road today ( 5/30/17 ) still a bit wet as you cross over Jones Ranch River. Very friendly group of older gentlemen on horses other than that I saw no other trail users!

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Loved this trail. We saw no one else on this trail. it was absolutely beautiful with tremendous views. This is one of our favorites.

walking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Walked around the lake and took some pictures. I was planning on getting the geocaches around the lake, but was talking too much and was only able to get one geocache at the very end.
It’s a nice easy walk. The fall leaves looked colorful.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Hiked only a portion of the trail from the Junction of Jones Ranch trail to the trailhead as part of a Box Lake trail, Jones Ranch trail, Rock Springs trail loop hike. Well maintained trail that travels through meadows and trees and lush undergrowth in the trees. Wildflowers were in bloom and very pretty.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Trail starts from Group campsite B. It climbs gradually gradually through aspens for a mile until the junction with the Jones Creek Trail. Saw a herd

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

This paved walkway goes around the lake. fun easy hike for children

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