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Balanced Rock Loop, AZ
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Balanced Rock Loop, AZ 
Balanced Rock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking4.99 Miles 689 AEG
Hiking4.99 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.29 mph
689 ft AEG      30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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The second hike for the third day in Payson was the Stewart Pocket Balanced Rock Loop. This loop is another great loop hike in the Stewart Pocket area. The 700 feet of AEG is hardly noticeable as the scenery keeps you plenty entertained. The trail is easy to follow with a crossover trail that makes for a shorter loop, it doesn't go by balanced rock though. I included the route for this crossover trail on the GPS route. Whether going CW or CCW on the loop, If you are doing the extended loop trail, (the one that goes past balanced rock) keep a good eye out for the trail when you get to the crossover trail, it is not real obvious. I took the crossover trail for about a tenth of a mile before I realized I took the wrong trail. If you plan on doing the Gibson Peak Trail I recommend doing the trails in Stewart Pocket first, (Cypress, Boulder and Balanced Rock Trails) it will give you a better perspective of what you are looking at from Gibson Peak and Ridge. If I only had time to do one trail in the Payson Area Trail System (PATS) I would do this trail.
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