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Monument Peak Loop - PATS, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 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
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Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
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11  2015-10-27
Stewart Pocket - Monument Peak Loop & Summit
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5  2015-04-05
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
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22  2014-09-11 CannondaleKid
23  2013-07-29 kingsnake
26  2011-10-18
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
donqcryer
1  2011-10-11 donqcryer
13  2011-08-28
Cypress Trail - PATS
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:00am - 5:20pm
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Boulders Loop Trail - PATS
0.4 mi away
2.7 mi
300 ft
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Cypress Trail - PATS
1.3 mi away
2.2 mi
240 ft
Stewart Pocket - Balanced Rock Loop
Stewart Pocket - Balanced Rock Loop
1.7 mi away
4.4 mi
795 ft
Stewart Pocket - South Loop
Stewart Pocket - South Loop
1.7 mi away
2.3 mi
511 ft
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
Stewart Pocket Loop Payson
1.7 mi away
4.6 mi
294 ft
Payson to Round Valley Loop
Payson to Round Valley Loop
2.3 mi away
6.0 mi
918 ft
Stewart Pocket - Phx St / Gibson Ct PAT TH
Stewart Pocket - Phx St / Gibson Ct PAT TH
2.4 mi away
2.5 mi
448 ft
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2.6 mi away
3.8 mi
378 ft
Gibson Peak Loop
Gibson Peak Loop
2.9 mi away
8.6 mi
2,213 ft
Phoenix Street Loop - Payson
Phoenix Street Loop - Payson
2.9 mi away
3.5 mi
381 ft
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Circle the Peak
by Dschur

Likely In-Season!
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.

Dschur
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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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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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