Explore the most popular mountain biking 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 months ago

This was a 4.5 mile hike. I went in mid december since we havnt seen any snow so far. I had to part at the entrance of Maple Lake (just off the Nebo loop road). nothing too impressive but good to get to know the area if you're a local like myself. Both red lake and maple lake are frozen over.

Mileage was a little off. The trail was ~ 4.5 miles roundtrip. Beautiful easy hike with a great fall colors. The lake is mostly dried up with the exception of a small spring on the south side of the lake.

hiking
7 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.

mountain biking
7 months ago

For mountain biking this is the greatest trail in Utah County. Absolutely gorgeous terrain, easy wide trail, mostly downhill. Just amazing.

on Red Lake Trail

8 months ago

Fun little hike. Makes for a great evening trail run. I even saw a big bull elk playing in the water!

this is a fun trail. I started at the south end of the trail. I if your on bike going the way i did, its super loose dirt and hard to get traction. but after that its mostly downhill. There are some creek crossings, jumps, and lots of blind turns.

hiking
8 months ago

Red lake was mostly dried up, but it was a beautiful spot for a hammock.

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

9 months ago

The beginning of the trail is pretty steep, but I was looking for a workout so I didn't mind. There is beautiful scenery during the walk. We didn't like the large amount of horse poop on the trail, and the trail was very dusty.

hiking
9 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.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful! Lots of trees. Passes through several meadows. Majority in shade when we went. Bit of a dusty trail, but very nice hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike through the woods. The wildflowers are beautiful.

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

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice peaceful trail. The kids had a blast hiking here.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gorgeous scenery! Quiet and peaceful. There is a steepish decline at the beginning of the trail, which means a steep incline on the way back. There is still snow on part of the trail but you can get around it easily. The lake is quiet and peaceful, save the distinct croaking of frogs echoing off the mountain. I'll definitely do this hike again.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Not a bad trail. Not too popular so the trail isn't packed. Lake is more of a pond but once you reach it it has a beautiful view of the mountain. Also plenty of elk.

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Nothing special. Not even sure we made it to "Red Lake"

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

This was a short little hike, but full of fall colors and beautiful scenery all around!

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This was a good trail. It had lots of shade and trees. The sign at the trailhead said it was 1.75 miles to the lake, but my GPS recorded 2.5 miles on the way back. I forgot to turn it on on the way up. There is a nice little creek crossing about halfway up that is a nice spot to stop and cool off. It does have some steep sections and not many flat areas.

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

Well maintained trail climbs through trees and meadows with views of Loafer, Santiquin, Nebo peaks. Saw a large herd of Elk on the trail early in the morning on the hike. If you have someone drop you off at the southeast end of the trail you can make this a mostly downhill hike and be picked up at the southwest end of the trail. There is a 100ft climb at the southeast Trailhead. The trail starts in an area where campers stay and is at the northwest end of this area. I didn't get out to the road to see if there is a sign indicating the trailhead on this end.

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Not much to write about on this one. Nothing really stood out, other than there were not many people encountered on this overnight trip.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Not paying 8 bucks to go on a little hike.....

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