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Anytime you’re on a mountain bike riding along one of the 50+ trails on Mogollon Rim, is like a mini vacation just in itself.
Whether you are into the adrenalin rush surrounded by the great outdoors or into the subtler calm way enjoying natures beauty, riding the trails on the Rim can leave you feeling thoroughly rejuvenated.
The best thing about riding in Rim Country is how each trail takes your breath away — not just from pedaling your bike uphill, but the scenery itself that is so captivating. You’ll also discover how many of the trails wind their way around at some point to a vista. It’s these views that you that you will find yourself awestruck and appreciating the ride you took no matter the distance. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself uprooting to Payson.
Here are a few suggested biking Trails from The Payson Round Up:
Rim Lakes Area – (Lower Impact Riding)
Located on top of the Rim, 40 minutes east of Payson, you’ll find the Rim Lakes Recreation Area. This area around the Rim Lakes offers the rider the mildest riding experience in Rim Country. The Carr Lake Trail system is located in the area and is a series of interconnected trails that riders can take in any direction. Rides can go from short and easy to a 30-plus-mile ride that incorporates all levels of riding. Depending on the route, you can include a stop at one of the lakes, with campsites, connecting trails and fish.
260 Highline Trail
Below the Rim, 20 miles east of Payson, is Rim Country’s quintessential mountain biking trail — the 260 Highline Trail. The 260 Trail is fun, technical and challenging singletrack. Riders can go out-n-back on it or make a loop by using Highway 260. For more challenge, loop the trail up and down the Rim using the Military Sinkhole, Rim Vista, General Crook and Drew trails. Another popular trail below the Rim and east of Payson is the Horton Trail.
The terrain and topography around Payson is diverse and the trails are challengin. The Payson Area Trails System includes only a few easy and intermediate trails, but the best in-town trails are the Houston Mesa Loop, the Granite Dells loops and the Peach Orchard loop. Trail 200 is one of the most recent trails in the Granite Dells area offering challenging singletrack. Head down East Phoenix Street of the 87 as you enter into the heart of Payson.
Houston Loop Trail
Just north of Payson, the Houston Loop is a great ride for intermediate to advanced riders with challenging hills and rocks and speedy curves. The 3.5-mile loop starts several miles into the Houston Trail and is deeply rutted and eroded. Reach the trailhead by heading north out of Payson to the Houston Mesa Road turnoff. Head east one mile to the trailhead.