Arizona Trail - Highline Horse Trail

The 2nd most popular equestrian trail in Arizona.


  August 1, 2016

This 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.

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. Visitors will find challenging trips for the day or extended packing adventures. The backbone of the area is the Highline National Recreational Trail (#31), an historic route established in the late 1800s to link various homesteads and ranches under the Mogollon Rim. In 1979 it was designated a National Recreation Trail. The Highline Trail provides 51 miles of spectacular views as it traverses the steep country just below the rim. It begins at Pine Trailhead on Highway 87 and ends at Two-Sixty Trailhead on Highway 260. Several trailheads and spur trails provide access to Highline Trail at midpoints along its length, allowing it to be hiked in segments and loops (Pine Canyon (#26) for example). Trails from the Highline to the top of the Rim are generally steep, rocky and rugged, with elevations ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 feet. The trails within the Highline National Recreation Trail Area do not meet Forest Service standards for wheelchair accessibility and although wheelchairs are allowed, their use is not recommended. The Dude Fire of 1990 burned over 21 miles of the Highline and associated spur trails from Washington Park Trailhead to Hatchery Trailhead. These trails are open. However, please be aware of hazards such as falling snags, burned out stump holes, and unstable footing. Dont forget to check out the Verde Hot Springs and then ride on the General Crook Trail in the White Mountains.

To reach the Pine Trailhead from Pine, go 2 miles south on SR 87. The trailhead is on the east side of the road.

Overall, Arizona Trail - Highline Horse Trail is the 2nd most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Arizona Trail - Highline Horse Trail including AD Bar Trail, East Eagle Trail, Highline Trail, Woods Canyon Overlook, Reynold Trailhead and Cascade Recreation Area.

Local Contacts:  TNF (520) 474-7900; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816; Arizona Trail Association (602) 252-4794; Arizona Horsemens Assoc. (602) 390-6806.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Merritt Lodge, Payson (800) 414-9880

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  34.367, -111.4328

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  8/1/2016

ID:  13737

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