Highline Trail Horseback Riding

The 8th most popular equestrian trail in Arizona.

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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 7,600 feet to about 7,000 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.

Trail Log:

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 8th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Highline Trail including AD Bar Trail, Arizona Trail - Highline Horse Trail, East Eagle Trail, Woods Canyon Overlook, Reynold Trailhead and Cascade Recreation Area.

Best Highline Trail Horseback Riding Review | Payson, Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (AZ/US)

Best Highline Trail Horseback Riding Review | Payson, Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (AZ/US)


Local Contact(s):  ASNF (928) 687-1301; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816; Arizona Horsemens Assoc. (602) 390-6806.

Best Season:  May - Dec

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf/

Article Source:   Best Highline Trail Horseback Riding Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HORSE&id=13946

GPS:  33.5525, -109.319

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  8/12/2016

ID:  13946

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