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Boulders Loop Trail - PATSPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2013
winotron
Hiking4.70 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.94 mph
300 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Took a day trip to Payson and checked out this trail. We came to the cul-de-sac at the end of Phoenix St. and weren't sure where this trail started exactly. There was a handwritten sign that said "New trail behind fence", so we followed that. The trail here was very flat and wide. Pretty heavily forested here with lots of shade. We saw a few friendly people here strolling with their dogs.

After about 1 mile, we came to a clearing with signs marked for "Boulders North" and "Boulders South." We chose the South route, which took us counter-clockwise through the loop. The trail immediately started to elevate a little here, and we were glad to get at least a bit of a challenge after the very flat first mile. Lots of great views of the surrounding boulder formations. There were lots of ATV paths branching off the main trail, but the trail itself was wide and very well-marked.

Halfway through the loop there is a large, rocky wash followed by a very large clearing, which looks like an ATV playground. The trail continues around along the edge of a huge ditch, until eventually you're back in the shady junipers and pines. The trail follows a small creek here most of the way back to the trailhead. The creek was flowing lightly the whole way, and we saw a bit of nice fall colors here.

All in all a scenic and easy trail that would also be great for children and pets. Despite seeming very ATV-friendly, we saw no ATVs on this Sunday morning. We saw maybe 4 or 5 small groups of people. With the extra 2 miles from and back to the cul-de-sac from the trailhead, this came to about 4.7 miles total. My first triplog -- will get better photos next time!
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A bit of autumn foliage around the creek.
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