Hike of the Week: Boulders Loop in the Payson Area Trails System

Mare CzinarFebruary 24, 2023
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True to its name, this iconic Payson trail wanders among a bizarre wilderness of rock. The 4-mile loop trail twists around weathered granite forms and crosses Stewart Creek several times for a never-boring walk in the woods.

LENGTH: 4 miles

RATING: moderate

ELEVATION: 4,550- 4,750 feet

BEST SEASON: October – May



At the State Route 87/260 junction in Payson, turn right and go less than a mile east on SR 260 to Granite Dells Road, located just past the Safeway center. Turn right and go 3.3 miles on Granite Dells Road, which will turn into Forest Road 435 after 1.3 miles, and park at the Monument Peak trailhead on the left.


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