Backpack up the Mogollon Rim via Washington Park

Arizona Trail (Washington Park TH), Payson, Arizona, United States

  • Activities:

    Hunting, Camping, Photography, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1500 Feet

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

This awesome little gem of a hike is just about 2 hours north of Phoenix, AZ. Whether you want to do a day hike or a multi-day backpacking trip, this is a great trail to do it on!

This trail begins at the Washington Park Trailhead which meets up with passage #27 of the AZT. You begin traveling northbound as you ascend the great Mogollon Rim. The trail takes you through a gorgeous forest and rewards you with an awesome cliff side view at the summit. 2.25 miles into the trail, it intersects forest service road 300...here you can choose to continue traveling North on the AZT or take the 300 rd. This time, we chose to wander 2 miles East down the 300 road. Along this road there are many perfect camping spots with an incredible view. Although the 300 road is closed during the winter season to motor vehicles, it made our backpacking all the more enjoyable....peace and quiet! We set up camp for two nights and enjoyed some pretty spectacular sunsets!! This is my absolute favorite place to camp in Arizona.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Personal essentials (deodorant, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Clothing for the season
  • Water filter
  • Food
  • Camera
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I found the place pretty easily but unfortunately on the message board it states that it is closed to camping until March 31, 2017 because they are trying to protect the habitat of one of the frogs out there. It is, however, open to day use in an absolutely gorgeous area. Because I was planning on camping I ended up having to drive down the road a little bit to find a place to pull off outside of the protected area. I will definitely be back in a few months when this opens up to campers again.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Kaylee Sypherd

On my way to earning a degree in Conservational Biology/Ecology and enjoying as many adventures as I can along the way!

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