May 25, 2015

Payson Hiking: Houston Loop Trail

Hike Like a Local

This trail is one of my favorites because you can hike it, run it, quad it, bike it.  I also love the old abandoned seismograph underground bunker. It was used to monitor nuclear blasts around the world during the cold war!

How to Get there:
From Payson, take HWY 260 east toward the town of Star Valley, AZ. 4.3 miles from the turn (and just outside of the town of Star Valley) turn left on signed Mayfield Canyon Road (right before you drive up the hill and outside of star valley). Quickly stay left here to stay on the correct road (the other road to the right is private). After 0.2 miles, the road turns to well graded dirt. After 0.3 miles, turn left at the signed junction for Houston Loop trail. You can park here or if you have a high clearance vehicle, you can go another 0.2 miles or so (cross the dry creek) to the trail start. Look for the small brown signs that mark the Houston trail.

Distance: 4.3 Miles
Time: 2 Hours
Difficulty: Easy
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