Southeast of Camp Verde and north of Payson, a 19 mile section of the Arizona Trail traverses the Highline National Scenic Trail from the Pine Trailhead off SR 87 to General Springs Cabin on FS300 atop the Mogollon Rim. This section is popular with mountain bikers. The rugged country along the Mogollon Rim was once roamed by Geronimo and the site of many a skirmish between the Apaches and the U.S. Army. Today, the Rim running through the Tonto National Forest contains a great area for hikers, bikers, and horsemen that want to traverse steep, rocky trails.
To reach the Pine Trailhead for the Highline National Recreation Trail from Payson, head north on US87 for 15 miles to FS297. Turn right heading north on FS297.
Overall, Highline Trail is the 52nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 103 mountain biking rides in Arizona.