Highline to Christopher Creek Professional Review and Guide
"Cutting Arizona in half like a massive tectonic scar is the Mogollon Rim. The rim is in fact the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, upon which much of northern Arizona rests. While the Mogollon Rim stretches from New Mexico through Arizona, nowhere is it more obviously a “rim” than in the Payson area. Volcanic action has hidden the cliff’s edge in the White Mountains and points east, and the rim is merely a trace by the time it reaches Prescott to the west. But for nearly one hundred miles, the Mogollon Rim is an obvious and visible cliff.
Today, the Highline Trail is an extremely popular national recreation trail. It’s technically difficult in spots, but not impossible to bike. If you stay in your seat and push yourself, this trail will make you a better rider. The rewards follow each hard section— smooth and fast singletrack. The Highline’s hypnotic path weaves toward the rim and down into a drainage gulch, then away from the rim and up to a rocky viewpoint. In and down, out and up, over and over until reaching the Christopher Creek split. Trail Surface: Singletrack that quickly changes from smooth to rocky. A portion of the trail is on AZ 260. There are numerous loop opportunities."