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Stewart Pocket - Balanced Rock Loop
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2022-05-21  
2019-04-14  
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Stewart Pocket - Balanced Rock LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking4.68 Miles 511 AEG
Hiking4.68 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.13 mph
511 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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After hiking Gibson Peak Loop earlier in the day, we drove a little further east to the cul-de-sac at the end of Phoenix Road to check out Stewart Pocket. There are a lot of nice houses in the area, though it's interesting to see how the neighborhoods transition quickly into small trailers a few miles to the west. Parking wasn't an issue...it sounds like these trails can get busy, and maybe it was because we were starting later in the afternoon, but we didn't have any trouble finding a spot.

We hiked the loop clockwise, and there seemed to be a lot more unmarked trails than the two "official" ones on the sign near the trailhead (Cypress and Boulder). It was quick, easy hiking all the way...the reward-to-effort ratio is pretty high here, with beautiful granite formations and views of the rim with relatively flat, smooth trails. Again, it may have been the time of day, but it was surprisingly empty out there--we only saw one trail runner and no bikers.

There was nothing particularly noteworthy about the hike other than being consistently pleasant, and it was too bad we didn't have time for the longer Grand Circle route. But this one was a good add-on after hiking Gibson Peak earlier in the day, and it was nice to see the landscape up close after looking down on it from above earlier the day.
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[ checklist ]  Mogollon Rim  Stewart Pocket
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