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Best trails in Payson

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Looking for a great trail near Payson, Utah? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Utah Lake State Park or Flight Park State Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Rock Canyon Park or Yellow Fork Canyon County Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 11 easy trails in Payson ranging from 0.7 to 40.2 miles and from 4,760 to 9,340 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (26)
#1 - Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 40.2 mi
This is a scenic driving route, not a hiking trail. Please note that this route experiences seasonal closures due to snow and icy conditions. From Nephi to Payson, this route has breathtaking views of the Wasatch Range and 11,929-foot Mt. Nebo, its tallest mountain. See flat bottomlands, high-alpine conifers, red rock formations, gray sandstone cliffs and salt flats all in the same day. Sights include Devil's Kitchen, Walker Flat and Mt. Nebo Wilderness.Show more
#2 - Red Lake Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
The Red Lake Trail begins on a gradual incline through a large grove of maple trees. It rounds a point and begins its descent into a drainage, then crosses the stream and starts back up the other side. The trail soon levels out and winds through the maples, gradually climbing to the conifers that surround Red Lake. Some of the route was severely damaged in the Bald Mountain fire.Show more
#3 - Pine Forest to Camp Maple Dell
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Moderately easy hike that is fairly short and meanders up along the gas pipeline trail and then through a beautiful stand of evergreens. The trail connects to the Maple Dell BSA camp parking lot on the north end of the trail. Park at the natural gas pipeline substation gravel parking area then go through the gate. (Don't park in front of corral loading chutes as these are active cattle corrals). Follow the trail about 150' past the gate, then turn left into scrub oak and maple trees. Follow trail through these trees as it meanders up hill and eventually merges back with the gas pipeline clearing, and then turns left into pine forest. You can also follow the gas pipeline clearing/trail straight up the mountain instead of going through the maples/oaks, but it's not as scenic. Pine forest is on US Forest Service land but closer to Maple Dell it's private BSA owned land - but they appear to let hikers/bikers regularly use the trail connection.Show more
#4 - Jones Ranch Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
Off-road motorcycles are allowed on this trail.Show more
#5 - North Peak of Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo Wilderness
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
#6 - Shram Creek
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
After the initial climb from the parking area, this trail climbs gently the entire way. The lower portion of the trail passes through mixed aspen and conifer forest. The trail then enters a large open meadow that has one large fir tree next to the trail. The upper portion of the trail again winds through mixed aspen and conifer forest until it ends at the junction with Rock Springs Trail, No. 101. Connecting Trails: Rock Springs Trail, No. 101 Sheepherder Trail #099.Show more
#7 - Box Lake Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 35 m
#8 - Done Ridge Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Beautiful trail through mix of aspen, evergreen, and several open meadows. Moderately steep slopes with continuous incline to the summit of Done Ridge, then gradually drops down to intersect with the Rock Springs Trail. Views from the top of Done Ridge are some of the best in Payson Canyon. This trail starts at the same location as the north (lower) end of the Jones Ranch trail but immediately forks to the right, and heads uphill to the right, away from the start of Jones Ranch trail. There's one cattle gate to go through near the top of the ridge. It's not an official Forest Service trail so occasional tree dead fall across the trail, but it's well used and easy to follow. Mix of sun and shade. No streams or water along the route. Show more
#9 - Rock Springs Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
The Rock Springs trail is a very popular mountain biking trail because of its rolling hills and gentle terrain. The trail passes through a few stands of trees, but the majority of the trail travels through open meadows.Show more
#10 - Pierce Park Forebay Loop
Payson, Utah
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Loop trail route through a series of mountain bike trails that are part of the Pierce Park (Forebay) trail system. Park at the gravel Pipeline parking lot (by gas substation) then follow Cow Bones trail connection to Nebo Loop Road, through gate at Lovers Lane trail then follow JMC trail to Little Shawny or continue on to Trotter trail that heads up the hill. Trotter connects to looped Round Top with good views of the surrounding Payson Canyon area. The take Overlook trail south to Favorite trail, then follow JMC back down to the meadow and then back to parking lot. Great set of trails for Mountain Bikers. Also good for a good hike, run, or walk but a little circuitous for hiking / running (quite a few switch-backs and curves), but still great trail system to explore this natural area. Majority of the area is owned by Payson City and consists of dense scrub oak, maples, and some scattered sage brush. Show more
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