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|Rock Springs Loop Trail
The Rock Springs Loop in Payson Canyon is a great singletrack ride with terrific views. This trail covers some of the same territory as the 18-mile Blackhawk Loop Trail, but at 11 miles it's significantly shorter. Starting at 7900 feet elevation, the trail climbs only 500 feet, but up-and-down riding will make the total vertical about 1800. Surface is intermediate technical.
|Riding Notes, opposite the Ranger Station:
0.0 From the fenced parking, head R up the ridge
Find the trail as the doubletrack ends
N 39° 55.535' W 111° 37.753'
0.25 Trail joins Blackhawk, turn R
N 39° 55.410' W 111° 37.574'
0.55 Fork R (L= Blackhawk Loop)
N 39° 55.147' W 111° 37.617'
1.9 Reach road, cross to parking area
Trail continues through fence
N 39° 54.542' W 111° 38.373'
(Ignore smaller trails, keep southwest)
2.6 Fork R and slightly uphill at trail sign
N 39° 54.155' W 111° 38.337'
4.4 Reach doubletrack, go R to paved road
Getting there: Going south, take the Payson exit
I-15 and turn left. Head into Payson on U-115 to the traffic light, then turn left (100
North, U-198). About 1/3 mile later, at the top of a small hill, turn right at 600 East.
Set your odometer now! Keep going up Payson Canyon.
To start from the Ranger Station trailhead, drive 12.8 miles from Payson. Just past Payson Lakes, you'll see a trail sign on your right. The dirt road here connects to the Rock Springs Trail 0.1 mile up. Go PAST this road 1/10 mile, and turn left across from the Ranger Station. Go 1/10 mile to park. The trailhead is at a tiny ways up the dirt road on your right, at the top of the ridge. GPS N 39° 55.535' W 111° 37.753'.
For the Blackhawk Trailhead, continue up the road to mile 14 and turn left at the fork to Blackhawk Campground. About 1/10 mile down the road, there's a turnout on the right. The trailhead is at the log fence, heading west. GPS N 39° 54.542' W 111° 38.373'.
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