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Phoenix Street Loop - Payson, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,067 feet
Elevation Gain 301 feet
Accumulated Gain 381 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.41
Interest Seasonal Creek
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15  2011-10-06 donqcryer
Author donqcryer
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 13
Photos 180
Trips 30 map ( 168 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Payson, AZ & Corpus Christi,
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → Early
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:12am - 6:24pm
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good exercise loop; views
by donqcryer

A good exercise hiking loop off of E Phoenix Street and Promontory Way. Best to download GPS track to find and follow, especially on the single track trail sections. Once on trail, the single track is flagged (though not when on jeep double tracks or PATS.) Joins and leaves PATS Round Valley trail. After rains, mud is super sticky! First part of trail from the trailhead to an established Jeep track is well worn and maintained by gnomes and elk, though to keep ATV'ers away it is somewhat hidden. Go across fire break along barbed wire fence turn L along edge of fire break and go to weak jeep track, turn R on jeep track - 50' down real flagged and worn trail starts on left hidden by scrub oak. When flagged trail T's onto a well used Jeep road, turn L. Go L at next weak Y where a single track trail crosses a small wash; go by tank (should be on your R; & always has water). Rejoin Jeep 2X track and follow until it T's with PATS Round Valley double track, turn right take PATS down & up to hill crest to intersection where you & PATS turn right. There are nice views along this next, somewhat level, 2X stretch. At next obvious double track intersection (2X coming in from the R), go R (PATS Round Valley goes straight), follow down to dry wash where 2X will now begin to go uphill, cross wash here and leave jeep 2X track, turning right and find an off-trail flagging. This next downhill stretch is rocky with no obvious trail except for flags and cairns set by the friendly gnomes. It goes down and crosses a wash, then crosses an obvious elk trail. a few more washes until the trail dumps out on to another jeep double track intersection. The gnomes have tried to cover up this intersection, since ATV'ers have tried to enter this single track trail and haved wrecked havoc with the flora (ugh!) trying to follow the flags & cairns. They (the gnomes - silly) ask to keep this intersection 'hidden' from ATV'ers! Anyway, go R on the 2X and follow across another wash until you enter an obvious clear-cut area and the 2X ends. Follow flags and the weak trail caddy-corner from lower right to upper left, up and across this clear cut area where the flagged trail resumes through the woods. After cresting the hill by the rez property fence corner, the trail goes down and crosses the well-used jeep road first mentioned earlier, crosses a wash (seasonally wet) and rejoins the lolly-pop stick (lasso..) part of the maintained trail you first started on, to get you back to the trailhead.

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2011-10-08 donqcryer
    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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    Phoenix Street Loop - Payson
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    This lasso route starts off of a new cul-de-sac (not on any current maps) off of the new E Phoenix Street extension. It also begins on the PATS Round Valley Trail and follows it to Round Valley, then leaves PATS and goes SE on Gibson Ranch Road before returning uphill on another trail and rejoining PATS back to the trailhead. For the most part, the entire trail is a jeep double track. It is a nice long workout hike with views of the Matazal most of the way. Without much shade, it is best to do early. This is an excellent mountain bike loop

    The first part is the toughest. After a modest climb, the trail goes steeply straight up to the top of the ridge, complicated by loose footings of hard head rocks. After cresting the 1st ridge through the saddle, a little further down you come to an intersection, though the route continues straight, you can take a very short detour to right and go to a year round tank (your dog will thank you.) Back on the route, the route follows PATS and also a section of 'Phoenix Street Loop' trail, down crossing a wash where we begin a long climb. Close to the crest of the hill, go right, continuing on PATS (marked.) (You will return to this intersection coming up from the SE completing the loop part of the lasso here...) The trail is mostly level here for a mile and has great views of the Rim and Matazals. Soon the trail begins a long modest descent to Round Valley and T's with Gibson Ranch Road. Go L along the road for about .4 miles and find an established jeep trail on your L. This is where dues will be paid and last night's pizza will be burned off - a long, but modest climb back up the hill. Be aware, there are many many trails traversing all through this area and on this section a GPS would be more than helpful. The last part is a little up & down and passes a all-season tank, before completing the loop at the previous mentioned intersection, and retracing the last section down, up and down to the trailhead. Enjoy the serenity and solitude!
    Phoenix Street Loop - Payson
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    This hike starts at E Phoenix Str & Promontory Way and hikes along the ridge line / hill tops and ends at a high rock outcropping with might be the best 360 views in Payson. There is no trail per se, though my repeated hiking has worn a weak track which has been reinforced by deer & elk. Just head for the next hill top (there are 4 or 5 depending on your count!) The GPS track uses part of "Phoenix Street Loop - Payson" to circumvent the first up and down hill, turning left on PATS Round Valley to the saddle, then turning right and 'head for the hills!' The destination has rock climbing opportunities and long straight-down 'the end' falls. All sweat equity is rewarded by unbelievable views, sunrises and sunsets. Throw in red rock, marble and travertine outcroppings, and a Native American look-out and what more could one ask? This last peak / hill is also at the end of the fire break. Though 2 more peaks loom before Hells Gate, proceeding is somewhat futile unless wearing leather chaps - if the cactus doesn't get you, the Cat's Claw will!

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    To Phoenix / Promontory Trailhead
    From AZ 87 Beeline Highway, in Payson, east on E Phoenix Street, up over hill until intersection with Promontory Way by water tank. Trailhead on south side behind barricaded gravel street-to-be.
    page created by donqcryer on Oct 08 2011 12:09 pm
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