Rim Lakes Vista Trail

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Rim Lakes Vista Trail
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KatWat39
Canton, GA436 contributions
Ideal Places to See Spectacular Views
Oct 2019
This is a short paved trail with pullouts to see different views of the edge of the Mogollon Rim along the way. It's the best view of the rim that we saw during our visit. You can see great views from the parking lot. Or, walk a few steps down the rocks to take in the entire view. These are steep rocks with drop offs, so use caution at the edge. It is a short drive, so you can take as little or as much time as you want.
Written October 29, 2019
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CrankingChick
Tucson, AZ7,883 contributions
Easy, Paved Trail with Spectacular Views
Oct 2018
This National Forest trail (#622) was one of my favorite activities on our trip to Payson and the Mogollon Rim. It's easy to get to- just a mile or two north of AZ Highway 260 on Rim Road (aka NF300). Rim Road is 29 miles east of Payson and 22 miles west of Heber. Along Rim Road there are parking areas for Rim Lakes Vista and Woods Canyon Vista with access to the trail. The trail leads about 3 miles between Rim Campground and Mogollon Campground, following the rocky edge of the rim. There are many places to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the forest below. The trail goes close to the edge of the precipice with steep drop-offs and no railings or guardrails, so be cautious. Almost two miles of the trail is paved with asphalt. It was in good condition when we visited (fall 2018) and it's suitable for wheelchairs, bikes and strollers. There are some grades so wheelchair users may need assistance. If you'd like a longer hike, another paved trail called the Meadow Trail (#505) connects to the Rims Lakes Vista Trail at the Woods Canyon Viewpoint and leads 1.5 miles north along Woods Canyon Road through several campgrounds to Woods Canyon Lake.
Written September 17, 2019
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Violette54
Payson, AZ3,644 contributions
A Popular Stop
Jun 2019 • Couples
The Rim Trail runs right along the edge of the Mogollon (say mugghee on) Rim. It is easily accessible from the Rim Road, which is also called FR 300. The best views are right before the turn to Woods Canyon Lake Road, as the Rim Road is nearest the rim's edge there.There are several turnoff parking areas, (none with facilities) and in my opinion, the best is Rim Lakes Vista Overlook.
The rim edge is quite near the parking area. There are trails along here and several are paved and in good shape. It's not a tough walk. This view is south and west and during the day, the view provides vistas of several mountain tops, including the Four Peaks. The sunsets are great from the vantage points, and then when the stars come out on clear nights, it's like a window into heaven.
It's cool here at just about 7,000 feet and there is often a gentle breeze blowing across the rim edge.
There are no guardrails, and it is very inviting to scramble around on those huge boulders. The drop is steep, straight, and hard, landing on more rocks, so use caution. The are benches in various places to sit and admire what you see. If you bring snack food, please pack out the trash, and leave this place pristine for the next person.
Written June 20, 2019
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karen0rchid
Phoenix, AZ48 contributions
Jaw-dropping views of all areas west of Mogollon Rim. Just GO!
Sep 2018 • Solo
This trail is on the edge of the Mogollon Rim, in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. You are facing west, looking down at the Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto National Forests. -- The trail is EASY, in fact it's paved for part of the way. But along the trails, are places to sit & view. This is more like a way than a hike. However, you can combine it with other trails in the park to make loops of various length, allowing you to also take other sites such as Rim Top Trail, Rocky Point Trail & some of the lakes.
Written September 23, 2018
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