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Cypress Trail - PATS, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,800 feet
Elevation Gain -197 feet
Accumulated Gain 240 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3
Interest Seasonal Creek
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1  2017-07-11 MountainMatt
10  2016-02-28
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
mazatzal
11  2015-10-27
Stewart Pocket - Monument Peak Loop & Summit
The_N
6  2015-08-03
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
The_N
5  2015-04-05
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
mazatzal
8  2014-04-20
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
mazatzal
39  2013-07-13
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
kingsnake
26  2011-10-18
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → Any
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Sun  7:01am - 5:20pm
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Stewart Pocket - Balanced Rock Loop
Stewart Pocket - Balanced Rock Loop
0.9 mi away
4.4 mi
795 ft
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
0.9 mi away
4.6 mi
294 ft
Stewart Pocket - South Loop
Stewart Pocket - South Loop
0.9 mi away
2.3 mi
511 ft
Payson to Round Valley Loop
Payson to Round Valley Loop
1.2 mi away
6.0 mi
918 ft
Monument Peak Loop - PATS
Monument Peak Loop - PATS
1.3 mi away
3.2 mi
190 ft
Stewart Pocket - Phx St / Gibson Ct PAT TH
Stewart Pocket - Phx St / Gibson Ct PAT TH
1.3 mi away
2.5 mi
448 ft
Boulders Loop Trail - PATS
Boulders Loop Trail - PATS
1.5 mi away
2.7 mi
300 ft
Gibson Peak Loop
Gibson Peak Loop
1.8 mi away
8.6 mi
2,213 ft
Phoenix Street Loop - Payson
Phoenix Street Loop - Payson
1.8 mi away
3.5 mi
381 ft
Stewart Ridge - Payson
Stewart Ridge - Payson
1.8 mi away
2.7 mi
505 ft
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by PrestonSands

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Overview: The Cypress Trail takes one through the eroded granite formations of Payson's Granite Dells and is a part of the Payson Area Trails System or "P.A.T.S.". One can hike the Cypress Trail by itself, or create a 5 or 7 mile lasso-loop hike by connecting with the Boulders Loop Trail. One can also access the mid-point of the Cypress Trail at the Phoenix Street trailhead for a shorter hike. Pay close attention to the P.A.T.S. trail signs to avoid taking a wrong turn onto one of the area's numerous atv paths. The following description begins at the north trailhead on Granite Dells Road.


Hike: From the trailhead on Granite Dells Road, follow the Cypress Trail south past a large brown signboard with a crude map of the area's trails. The Cypress Trail winds along the eastern base of Yerba Senta Butte at first, along sandy slopes of eroded granite. There are some nice views across Stewart Pocket, with the Gibson Peak rim forming the backdrop. Pinyon pine, juniper, and scrub oak dominate the area, with scattered ponderosa pines adding welcome shade. The route bends west and then south, roller-coasting over several small washes and low outcrops of granite boulders.

At just over a mile, the Cypress Trail descends to Stewart Creek, where it meets a short spur trail coming from Phoenix Street, 0.15 miles to the west. The junction is signed, and lies in a fine stand of ponderosas. From the junction, the Cypress Trail turns east, and follows the winding course of seasonal Stewart Creek downstream. As you enter the heart of Stewart Pocket, bouldered hillsides and granite towers begin to appear.

At a little over 2 miles from its start (and just under a mile past the Phoenix Street spur trail) the Cypress Trail meets the Boulders Loop Trail at a nice little forested flat next to the creek. Return the way you came, or create a lasso-loop hike by turning onto the Boulders Loop Trail.

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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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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 about 2 miles to the brown fiberglass signpost for "Cypress Trail" on the right side of the road. A big, brown, wooden sign with an inscribed map is found a short distance in on the trail. There is no official parking area at this trailhead, but one can park a vehicle or two by pulling off of the road.

PHOENIX STREET ACCESS: Phoenix Street is on the east side of Highway 87, and is the 3rd street north of the Mazatzal Casino stoplight. Follow Phoenix Street east (2+ miles) to its end in a coul-de-sac/parking area. Follow the short, marked spur trail for about 0.15 miles to its signed intersection with the Cypress Trail.
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