Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

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.

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
6 days 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
1 month ago

Pretty walk.

walking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

scenic driving
2 months ago

We drove on this scenic byway several times over this weekend. It's nice as it is not heavily traveled, and free to enter from both ends. There are some nice overlooks and many hiking trails. There are several more trails on this drive that aren't listed here in alltrails. There are many places to camp for free as well as a few private campgrounds (pay for camping) along this route.

2 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
2 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
10 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.

Yesterday, 10/08/2017. Full colors. If you want to see the colors go now.
The drive is breathtaking. There enough places where you can stop and enjoy the scenery.
The walk to Grotto Falls is short and nice.
Red Lake is not special but the colors made it worth the drive there.
Devil's Kitchen is worth a very short walk but if you have seen Bryce then it's also nothing special.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Easy and stunning.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

scenic driving
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pretty drive, beautiful scenery.

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.

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.

The hike itself isn't bad, the trail has beautiful scenery and when we were there we only saw three people the whole time. But the drive was gorgeous!!

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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

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.

scenic driving
Sunday, October 02, 2016

I’ve taken this drive many times, living nearby, I took it again today and stopped to take some pictures.
Also Hiked around Big East Lake and found a few geocaches.
It's a nice drive.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beautiful drive. I prefer it over the alpine loop

I've loved this loop since I was young.

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