So one of my fav rides is up the Narrows, Payson Canyon. As you guessed, this trail goes up a narrow canyon, following the stream bed that made it! There are some amazing cliffs and narrow passages where you ride right up the streambed! (Great ride for a young horse getting familiar with water!) It is full of wildflowers and butterflies! Kinda enchanting!
Yes, we went cross- country and NO there is no trail!