East Verde River Trail

Payson, Arizona

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This extremely scenic, moderately rated trail can be driven as a loop by combining it with Mazatzal Wilderness Trail. The trail is fairly challenging, having several narrow sections as well as some loose surfaces on some of the climbs. However, the surface is generally good and the trail should be within the reach of all SUVs. Special Attractions: Hiking access to the Mazatzal Wilderness; Views of the Mazatzal Mountains; Backcountry camping near the East Verde River; Can be driven as a loop from Payson with the more difficult East Verde River Trail. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This extremely scenic, moderately rated trail can be driven as a loop by combining it with Mazatzal Wilderness Trail. The trail is fairly challenging, having several narrow sections as well as some loose surfaces on some of the climbs. However, the surface is generally good and the trail should be within the reach of all SUVs. Special Attractions: Hiking access to the Mazatzal Wilderness; Views of the Mazatzal Mountains; Backcountry camping near the East Verde River; Can be driven as a loop from Payson with the more difficult East Verde River Trail.

High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Payson
Distance: 13.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,900 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Payson North, Buckhead Mesa, North Peak, Payson; BLM Payson; USFS Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to East Verde River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2008
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This was definitely a fun jeep trail. It's located around Payson and just north of Payson up ST RT 87. This goes along some great scenery in the beginning, but towards the middle of the trail starts to turn into some tough rocky climbs and descents, and then down into some shrubby areas along the way. However, I would definitely make sure that you way have a 4x4 with skid plates or you will tear your vehicle up. Towards the end of the trail you have to cross into a small river and then drive straight ahead into the river for about a 100 feet. After this spot it's easy once you come up on the farm down the trail. The trail then continues all the way straight into downtown Payson. I will say that out of all the moderate trails I've been on this had some of the hardest spots.



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