Highline Professional Review and Guide
"The first 17 miles of Passage 27 follows the Highline Trail, a National Recreation Trail that is visually stunning, historically significant, and brutally challenging. The AZT heads east from the Pine Trailhead, and once it reaches Washington Park Trailhead, it leaves the Highline Trail and makes a steep climb to the top of the magnificent Mogollon Rim. The Highline Trail dates back to the 19th century, when ranchers traveled back and forth on horseback to neighboring homesteads.
The trail passes in and out of areas burned in the tragic 1990 Dude Fire, in which six firefighters died. It crosses numerous drainages and several springs as it traverses the steep sandstone slopes of the rim, with outstanding views to the south and great glimpses of the rim itself. There are many good locations for camping, and several creeks have flowing water most of the time, but they occasionally dry up. Its numerous access trails and evenly spaced trailheads (see Alternate Access, page 209) make this passage ideal for day-hiking."