Highline Trail 31

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

National Recreation Trail. Beautiful vistas of rim canyons, brushy hills and distant mountains. Unique rock formations and wonderful stands of Ponderosa pine. Fire is an important aspect of the wild environment. The Dude Fire of 1990 burned portions of the forest along the Highline Trail; thus, this trail is an ideal place to observe how our forests rejuvenate themselves after a fire. The Highline Trail, established in 1870, was used to travel between homesteads and to attend school in Pine. Zane Grey and Babe Haught used the Highline Trail while hunting. The portion of the Highline Trail from Washington Park TH and Pine TH is part of the Arizona Trail.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles are allowed. Pack it in pack it out. Carry an adequate supply of drinking water. One gallon per person per day is recommended during hot periods. Portions of the trail are rough in places and should be traveled with caution. Hikers, yield the right of way to trail stock.



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Day Hiking

This trail ties to several other trails, providing opportunities for loop hikes and rides. Be sure to allow plenty of time if you are not familiar with the routes. The Highline Trail runs essentially east to west, below the Mogollon Rim and roughly following it.
Elevation descWest end: (5,360 feet elevation): at Pine Trailhead East end: (6,620 feet elevation): at 260 Trailhead
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding & Camping

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  Area/Length : 
50.2 miles

  Elevation : 
West end: (5,360 feet elevation): at Pine TrailheadEast end: (6,620 feet elevation): at 260 Trailhea - 6,620