Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona broke out their tools Nov. 3 to tidy up the new trail at Rumsey Park.

In the spring, the group used roughly $16,000 in grant money to build a one-mile trail on the water tank hill — the first new mile of trail built in the town in years.

Michael Baker, president and executive director of VOAz, said addressing erosion is part of their one-year guarantee on all new trails.

Despite a rash of storms, the Rumsey trail is holding up well. However, erosion has cut into the path in a few places. Baker marked areas of erosion and a handful of volunteers added rock drainages.

The trail is the first of many Baker hopes to have built in the area.

The trail starts at the parking lot near Taylor Pool. Park on the far west side of the parking lot and the trail is a short distance up a dirt utility road. Ridden clockwise, it weaves through several switchbacks, across a dirt service road that leads to the water tanks and continues to weave up and around the hill. The path is wide and the turns easy to make on a bike. The trail continues all the way around the hill, taking in sweeping views of the town at every turn. It truly is one of the best ways to see Payson from a bird’s-eye view. Total elevation gain is 80 feet.

It takes about 15 minutes to complete the 1.07-mile loop. Most riders complete one loop, turn around and ride it the other direction.

The Rumsey trail is the smallest project VOAz has completed in Rim Country. For years, they have been working on the Highline Trail, making it more hiker and biker friendly. The group has rehabilitated nearly all of the trail running between Pine and State Route 260 with one final section still in the works.

For more information on VOAz, visit VOAZ.org.

Contact the reporter at abechman@payson.com

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