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    Houston Loop Trail

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    8.2 km
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    132 m
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    Enjoy the forested wilderness right on the fringes of Payson on the Houston Loop Trail, a moderate hike that’s easy to reach right from town. This hike offers a pleasant forest setting and no significant challenges to consider. It’s suitable for most skill levels and doesn’t take very long to complete, so add it to your list if you’ll be in the area.

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    Route Description for Houston Loop Trail

    The Houston Loop Trail is a shaded hike that shows off the beauty of Arizona’s pine forests. It’s a serene outing that’s easily reached on the edge of town, making it a simple adventure to add to your day if you’re in the Payson area. This hike is easy enough for most skill levels.

    Parking in the neighborhood where the trail starts can be a bit difficult. If you can’t find a good place to park that doesn’t block a driveway, you can park at the dog park and walk over to the trailhead. Some users report seeing bear scat on this trail, so bring bear spray and hike in a group if you’re at all concerned about encounters with wildlife. Finally, there can be all sorts of traffic on this route from horses to offroad vehicles, so keep dogs leashed and share the trail.

    The footing can be a bit uneven and loose because of washout. Good boots will help. If it’s rained recently, it could be a little slick in some parts. You can do the loop either way and the trail is easy to follow no matter which way you decide to go. Have fun!

    Getting to the Houston Loop Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Houston Loop Trail is at the end of Chaperrel Pines Drive.

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