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Payson to Round Valley Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 5.98 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,211 feet
Elevation Gain 601 feet
Accumulated Gain 918 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.57
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15  2014-10-26
Gibson Peak Loop
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47  2014-05-08
Gibson Peak Loop
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30  2013-08-21
Round Valley Large Loop
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9  2012-07-15 DarthStiller
1  2011-10-09 donqcryer
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → Early
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Sun  6:54am - 5:24pm
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Stewart Pocket - Phx St / Gibson Ct PAT TH
0.1 mi away
2.5 mi
448 ft
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Gibson Peak Loop
0.6 mi away
8.6 mi
2,213 ft
Phoenix Street Loop - Payson
Phoenix Street Loop - Payson
0.6 mi away
3.5 mi
381 ft
Stewart Ridge - Payson
Stewart Ridge - Payson
0.6 mi away
2.7 mi
505 ft
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
0.6 mi away
4.6 mi
294 ft
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Stewart Pocket - South Loop
0.6 mi away
2.3 mi
511 ft
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Stewart Pocket - Balanced Rock Loop
0.6 mi away
4.4 mi
795 ft
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Cypress Trail - PATS
1.2 mi away
2.2 mi
240 ft
Gila County Trail
Gila County Trail
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3.7 mi
200 ft
Monument Peak Loop - PATS
Monument Peak Loop - PATS
2.3 mi away
3.2 mi
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good workout hike with views
by donqcryer

Likely In-Season!
This lasso route starts off of a new cul-de-sac (not on any current map) 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, it is all double track (old jeep roads)and 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 and I would recommend doing it in reverse of how it is posted. Solitude is guaranteed!


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 (This section is open to ATV's) After cresting the ridge through a saddle, the trail has a modest decline down to a wash, where again 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!

donqcryer
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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 AZ 87 Beeline Highway, in Payson, east on E Phoenix Street, up over and down hill to Stop sign. Straight and onto new E Phoenix Street extension (and new development.) Turn right at next street and go up to cul-de-sac to park. Look for PATS trailhead marker.
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