North of Clifton in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the Highline Trail is a challenging 14.6 mile route. From east to west as it follows contour lines from 7600 feet to about 7000 feet in elevation. The vegetation remains constant with ponderosa pine predominating. As the trail winds west, the pine trees thin out and juniper and oak brush become more numerous. Big game animals are indigenous to the entire area as well as smaller mammals and many species of birds including wild turkeys. Some wildflowers are in bloom most of the year and cattle graze the hillsides, emphasizing the multiple-use concept of our forests.
0.0 Strayhorse Campground
1.0 East Eagle Creek and Trail # 348
1.4 Junction with Crabtree Trail #22
1.5 Crabtree Creek
2.4 Salthouse Fire. Burned in 1959
3.5 Cabin ruins on bottom of Salthouse Creek. Junction with Salthouse Trail #18
6.7 Bottom of Chitty Creek and Junction of Chitty Trail #37
8.0 Junction with McBride Mesa Trail #26; Helispot 166
9.8 Helispot #167
10.7 Junction with road to Saunders Cabin
11.1 Saunders Cabin; junction with Squirrel Trail #34
14.6 Junction with Dry Prong Trail #45
To reach the trailhead from Clifton, take Highway 191 north from Clifton for 61 miles to Strayhorse Campground. The trail starts on the west side of the highway at the north end of the capground.
Overall, Highline Trail is the 5th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona.