Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

I got some awesome pictures, the scenery was perfect.

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.

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!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

Easy and stunning.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

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.

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.

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

10 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.

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike through the woods. The wildflowers are beautiful.

11 months ago

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

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
11 months ago

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
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.

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, September 26, 2016

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

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
Saturday, June 04, 2016

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

Load More