Highline National Recreation Trail

Payson, Arizona

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A long, scenic trail near the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Allow at least five days for traversing the entire route one-way. (Or sign up for the annual Zane Grey Ultramarathon and run, walk, or crawl the entire trail in one day! The current record is less than 9 hours.) Most of the route traverses forest consisting of an interesting mixture of ponderosa and pinyon pine, several species of juniper, Arizona cypress, and various oaks. Near water sources, deciduous trees become more dominant.

Highline National Recreation Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A long, scenic trail near the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Allow at least five days for traversing the entire route one-way. (Or sign up for the annual Zane Grey Ultramarathon and run, walk, or crawl the entire trail in one day! The current record is less than 9 hours.)

Most of the route traverses forest consisting of an interesting mixture of ponderosa and pinyon pine, several species of juniper, Arizona cypress, and various oaks. Near water sources, deciduous trees become more dominant."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Payson
Distance: 50
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,700 feet
Local Contacts: Payson Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Pine, Buckhead Mesa, Kehl Ridge, Dane Canyon, Diamond Point, Promontory Butte, Knoll Lake, Woods Canyon; Tonto National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Highline National Recreation Trail

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May 2018