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Apr 12 2021
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Stewart Pocket Grand CirclePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2021
Yoder
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,320 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.46 mph
1,320 ft AEG   14 Hrs   50 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This was the second attempt to do this hike. The first attempt failed due to not being able to find the trailhead parking.... Well, the fact of the matter is that there really is no trailhead parking areas. On the first attempt we took the Car and went down to the end of Phoneix Street to the Cypress Trailhead (34.2251820839363, -111.29247060834693). This is a cul-de-sac, Only signs to be found are "No Parking". This is an area of lots of constructions for new houses. There were no trailhead signs with the exception of a little 2" sticker on a small post next to the edge of a building. We did Identify another possible trailhead to this hike at the Boulders Loop Trailhead (34.227968868554356, -111.26212670023746) but couldn't get to it due to the wife not willing to take the car on a dirt road. So we came back the next week in the truck.

The Boulders Loop Trailhead was no better then the Cypress Trailhead. A gate bars entrance to where Google Maps shows the trailhead. Again, No signs. Looks like there is some private property down this road (maybe a resort?). Anyhow, My conclusion on the trailheads is that these people really don't want non-locals hiking the trails. Upon further inspection of the Cypress Trailhead, I think you might be able to park one or two cars there, but don't block the driveways, PAT needs to do something about these trailheads if they want them to be used, or maybe the plan is that it's really just for the locals who know not to pay much attention to the signs.

Anyhow, At the Boulders Loop Trailhead road(Est Granite Dells Road), We parked the truck on the side of the road at the locked gate and were able to get on the trail quick enough.
Once on the trail, it was easy enough to follow, but there were a number of unmarked intersections you will need to use your GPS to ensure you take the right one. Also an odd area where the Stewart trail intersection part of the hike, the trail to take has a number of sticks and logs across it indicating you should not take the intersection, but if you continue on the main hike you will end up somewhere else. Ignore the sticks, and after 30 ft or so you are on the well defined Stewart hike, shortly after getting on the Stewart, metal markers are placed every 1/4 mile.

Scenery was nice, and I did enjoy the hike.
Flora
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Claret Cup Cactus
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Some cacti are starting to bloom.
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Oct 24 2020
donqcryer
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72 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Stewart Pocket Grand CirclePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
donqcryer
Hiking7.00 Miles 802 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.33 mph
802 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Just posted the Guide and Route for this Trail. This is one of Payson's best, if not THE BEST. The 2mi Old Fox Farm connector section keeps on being hidden by branches as was today. See Photoset to help locating the intersection. Absolutely beautiful hike and nice to have a longer loop in Stewart Pocket.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Sporactic yellows, but this trail never is a good fall foliage
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average hiking speed 2.4 mph

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