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 Monument Peak Loop - PATS, AZ
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 Payson South
Difficulty 1    Route Finding
Distance One Way 3.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,647 feet
Elevation Gain 140 feet
Accumulated Gain 190 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.78
Course Loop Hike
Author Dschur
Descriptions 13
Routes 0
Photos 482
Trips 50 map ( 290 miles )
Age 54
Location Payson, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
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5  2010-12-03 meangeen
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Tonto
Backpack - No
Seasons - Early Autumn to Late Spring
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
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Circle the Peak
by Dschur

Payson Area trails system (PATS) is an in-process interconnecting trail system. They will be using roads, sidewalks, existing forest trails and roads as well as new trails. There are some of the trails that are outside the city limits of the Town of Payson as well as going thru town.

Some of the trails are completed but there are still some that they are working on. The Monument Peak Loop trail starts at either a small pull off at the east side of the Granite Dells road. If that small parking area is full you can continue down the trail for about .5 miles to the Boulder Loop/Monument Peak Loop parking area. There is a bigger area here for more cars. The only thing about this area is that there are many trails that ATV's have used all around and you have to pay attention to the marked signs for the PATS system.

This is an extremely popular route for motorized vehicles, but all trail-users will enjoy the views. The Loop Trail follows the base of Monument Peak, covering territory in southeast Payson and the western portion of Star Valley. Users will pass through juniper thickets interspersed with pleasant open meadows and a large portion of the trail follows a seasonal streambed. There are beautiful views of Monument Peak, especially from the northern portion of the Loop.

The trail starts to either the right or the left of the parking area. I went backwards from the MP markers along the way. If you start to the south and go counterclockwise. Or to the north and go clockwise. I will describe it to counterclockwise. You are going around Monument Peak which you can see all along the way. The trail is very well marked easy trail with many trail signs as well as where the ATV's ride. Continue down the path you will see mile markers along the pathway. You will pass a little pond/tank next to the trail and then the path winds next to some houses before it comes on back around heading to the trailhead. Here the trail follows along a little creek. It runs along back and forth across the trail and on each side before it disappears into the ground as a little spring. It was flowing in June and was nice and clear. (no ATV's had run thru it yet). At one point it follows the trail itself. The trail then climbs slightly and back down to finish up at the road and the trailhead. The trail is made of decomposed granite and can be a little slick like ball bearings. The trail is a good one for all people and ages.


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Directions Preferred Months Mar Apr Sep Oct
Water / Source:yes small spring
Preferred Start7 AM Cell Phone Signal??? Sunrise6:21am Sunset6:41pm
Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
Fees / Permit

Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

To hike
From the junction of highways 87 and 260 in Payson, head east on highway 260 for 0.3 miles to the Granite Dells Road stoplight (next to Safeway). Turn right onto Granite Dells Road (Forest Road #435) and follow it for 1 mile on the pavement it changes to dirt. There go 2.5 miles to the trailhead on the left, or continue down .5 miles to the big parking area.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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