Bennie Creek Trail Horseback Riding
The 25th most popular equestrian trail in Utah.
Tuesday 5 July 2016 05:17 GMT
South of Payson in the Unita National Forest, the Bennie Creek Trail (#071) is a 4.5 mile horseback riding route that gains 1,200 feet of vertical. The route is popular with mountain bikers, and is shared by hikers, horseback riders and dirt bikers.
From the western trailhead on the Nebo Loop (GPS position N. 39.952055 W. 111.674722), the trail winds uphill through forests and meadows. The trail joins the Loafer Mountain trail for 0.1 miles after the intersection with the Loafer Mountain trail (N. 39.952972 W. 111.641666) before continuing east, where it follows a small stream downhill towards Birdseye, ending at the eastern trailhead (N. 39.941916 W. 111.610083).
To reach the trail from US15, take the North Payson/Benjamin exit (currently exit #254; after autumn 2004 the exit number will change to #250). Travel south on Main Street to 100 North and turn left (east). Continue east to 600 East and turn right (south) for approximately 3 1/2 miles to the mouth of Payson Canyon, the beginning of the Mount Nebo National Scenic Byway (Nebo Loop road, #015). This is the most popular access - from the western trailhead along the Nebo Loop, 8 miles south of Payson. The trailhead is marked with a sign and there is room for parking on both sides of the road.
The western half of this trail was previously named the Bennie Creek Cutoff before it was combined with the eastern half. The entire length is now called Bennie Creek.
Overall, Bennie Creek Trail is the 25th most popular horse trail of all 25 horseback rides in Utah. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Bennie Creek Trail including American Fork Canyon and Fifth Water Trail.