Arizona Trail Hike - Highline Section (Passage 27)

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 06:00
Dan Rothman - 480-991-1647
Bev Koslow - 480-415-7147
A/B LENGTH: 19 mi/9.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 2400 ft/1100 ft PACE: Fast/Medium

Meet at 6:00 am (depart at 6:15) at Wendy’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills. This hike involves a car shuttle, participants must sign-up in advance by calling one of the leaders no later than Wednesday, October 30th.

We’ll drive to the Pine Trailhead and drop cars off, then continue to the north trailhead on FR 300 where both groups will start the hike.

Bev’s hike will descend from the top of the Mogollon Rim to the Railroad Tunnel Trail which is steep and rocky but filled with history. The tunnel was started in 1881 to carry mined silver ore to Flagstaff but abandoned after just 70 feet. Due to steepness, this 1.5-mile part of the hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Following this segment, Bev’s group will continue on the Rim with a beautiful, gentle, moderately paced hike through pines, maples and oak trees, hoping that the fall colors will still be around.

Dan’s full-passage hike will continue down from the top of the Rim to Washington Park. From there, the full-passage hikers will head westward on the Highline Trail, progressing at a slightly faster pace (2.7 mph moving average, 2.5 mph overall) to ensure that we finish with daylight. This section of the Arizona Trail is a beautiful, up-and-down stretch which passes Bray and Webber Creeks, the Geronimo Trailhead and Red Rock Spring as it skirts the southern edge of Milk Ranch Point on the way to the Pine Trailhead. Bring plenty of water, electrolytes, lunch and snacks, and sturdy hiking boots. Depending on the weather, you may also wish to have warm clothes and gloves. Dan's group will stop for dinner in Payson on our return trip. Cost to non-members is $5.