Take a hike
The Payson Area Trails System program has free, guided hikes planned once a month, now through May.
On the agenda are American Gulch South Saturday, Jan. 21; Monument Peak Loop Trail, Saturday, Feb. 18; Cypress Trail and Boulders Loop Trail, Saturday, March 17; Peach Loop Trail, Saturday, April 14; and Boulders Loop Trail, Saturday, May 19.
Participants in the January hike are asked to meet at the American Gulch South Trailhead, 2.6 miles west of Highway 87 on Main Street (at the Doll Baby Ranch Road) at 9 a.m.
The route includes majestic views off of high points in the Rim Country toward Fossil Creek, along with mountain meadows. The three-mile hike is considered to be of moderate difficulty.
The February hike also starts at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at the Monument Peak Trailhead, 4 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road.
This is a beautiful route, which features occasional views of the Mogollon Rim and a year-round spring. It is an easy, three-mile hike.
Participants should bring water and wear proper hiking boots and dress in layers for the varying temperatures of the area.
Look for details on the other hikes in future issues of the Review or visit paysonparks.com.