The main purpose of this trail is to provide access to the hiking trailhead for the Mazatzal Wilderness. However, it also gives access to a few other backcountry trails, including East Verde River Trail. The road leaves from the center of Payson. Once it leaves the edge of town, it quickly deteriorates to a roughly graded road. It winds along through open shrubland, giving excellent views of the Mazatzal Mountains, in particular North Peak (7,449 feet).
Special Attractions: Long, easy shelf road; Spectacular views of the Mazatzal Mountains; Mount Ord Lookout Tower. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
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