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.

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.

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!!

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8 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.

10 months ago

Easy and stunning.

11 months ago

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

scenic driving
11 months ago

Pretty drive, beautiful scenery.

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.

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!!

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Very scenic drive! Personally I think it's better than the Alpine loop

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.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Drove this last year in the fall hoping to see the fall colors. Missed the peak of the color by more that a week. Still a beautiful drive

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Beautiful! We like to take family when they are visiting to hike and see the beautiful vistas.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Long and beautiful! I had the road to myself and got to take some awesome pictures along the way.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Very scenic, desert, mountains, historic sites.

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