Edwards Park Trail

Payson, Arizona

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Scenic Edwards Park Trail (FR 422) follows the Mazatzal Divide, the ridgeline that runs north of Four Peaks to Edwards Park—a distance of just over 10 miles. There are, however, a few good turnaround points. This trail is rated as a 6, mostly because of a few steep rocky sections. On the north end of the trail there are areas with close brush. As the trail follows the ridgeline, it offers expansive views to the east over the Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake, to the west into the valley, to the south to the Superstition Mountains, and to the north toward Mount Ord and the Mogollon Rim. Special Attractions: Boating, swimming, picnicking, and camping at three lakes along the Salt River; Indian ruins at Tonto National Monument; Popular tourist trail that follows Arizona’s first historic and scenic highway. This trail is for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is potentially dangerous, with large rocks, ruts, or terraces that may need to be negotiated. It may also have stream crossings at least 18 inches deep, involve rapid currents, unstable stream bottoms, or difficult access; steep slopes, loose surfaces, and narrow clearances; or very narrow sections of shelf road with steep drop-offs and potentially challenging road surfaces.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

Scenic Edwards Park Trail (FR 422) follows the Mazatzal Divide, the ridgeline that runs north of Four Peaks to Edwards Park—a distance of just over 10 miles. There are, however, a few good turnaround points. This trail is rated as a 6, mostly because of a few steep rocky sections. On the north end of the trail there are areas with close brush. As the trail follows the ridgeline, it offers expansive views to the east over the Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake, to the west into the valley, to the south to the Superstition Mountains, and to the north toward Mount Ord and the Mogollon Rim.

Special Attractions: Boating, swimming, picnicking, and camping at three lakes along the Salt River; Indian ruins at Tonto National Monument; Popular tourist trail that follows Arizona’s first historic and scenic highway. This trail is for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is potentially dangerous, with large rocks, ruts, or terraces that may need to be negotiated. It may also have stream crossings at least 18 inches deep, involve rapid currents, unstable stream bottoms, or difficult access; steep slopes, loose surfaces, and narrow clearances; or very narrow sections of shelf road with steep drop-offs and potentially challenging road surfaces.

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Payson
Distance: 10.8
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, best September to May
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Four Peaks, Mine Mt., Boulder Mt., Tonto Basin, Theodore Roosevelt Lake; BLM Theodore Roosevelt Lake; and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Edwards Park Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/4/2009
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Start from the El Oso Road parking area located about 1 mile off of from HWY 87. Great trail for ATV and UTV; El Oso Road is smooth and easy, and Edwards Park trail is moderate and rocky at times (avoid FR 463 and 422A). Scenic overlooks are excellent, and topography and temperature are ever changing.



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