A hidden gem on the Mogollon Rim.
We recently hiked this section of the Arizona Trail near Payson, Arizona — you follow several flowing mountain streams with multiple, small waterfalls and end up at an unfinished train tunnel that dates back to the 1880s. Areas of lush ground cover feel like you’ve stepped into the Pacific northwest, and as you break through the tree line you are greeted by incredible views of the Mazatzal Mountains to the Southwest.
The no-fee parking lot is a bit small, but even on the weekend there were only a few other hikers on the trail and there was plenty of parking (just be prepared for some bumpy roads the last couple of miles). Overall not a very taxing hike besides a bit of a scramble at the very end. Definitely worth checking out at least once, I know we will be back for a repeat at some point in the future.
4 Miles +/-
1000 FT +/-