Passage #26 - Highline

Day hikers near the beginning of the Highline passage Location:  Pine Trailhead to the Mogollon Rim

Length:  20.2 miles

Southern Trailhead:  Pine Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates:  34.37432° N, 111.44310° W
- Access: Drive south of Pine on AZ 87 for 0.6 miles and turn left (east) to reach a large parking area and the trailhead.

Northern Trailhead:  FR 300 Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates:  34.45368° N, 111.25088° W
- Access: From the intersection of AZ 87 and AZ 260 north of Pine, drive east 2.6 miles on AZ 87 then turn right (south) toward FR 300. Go 0.1 miles and turn left onto FR 300. Avoid the frequent side roads and drive 12 miles on FR 300 to a turnoff on the left (north) at a historical marker for the Battle of Big Dry Wash. This is where the AZT crosses FR 300. Turn left and follow a power line 0.3 mile to General Springs Cabin. The road curves right to a small parking area and the trailhead.

Trail Route Description:  From the Pine Trailhead the trail works its way east along the Highline Trail (#31). It skirts the southern edge of Milk Ranch Point, passes by Red Rock Spring and reaches Geronimo Trailhead and Webber Creek. Continuing east, the trail passes Bray Creek and then comes to the Washington Park Trailhead. Here the trail turns north on the Colonel Devin Trail. It follows along the west bank of the East Verde River, crosses it and does a steep climb to the top of the Mogollon Rim. The passage terminates on the south side of FR 300 near the Battle of Big Dry Wash historical marker.

Difficulty:  Moderate

Bray Creek Season(s):  Spring, Summer and Fall (current weather forecast)

Water:  Water may be found at Red Rock Spring, Pine Spring, Webber Creek, Bray Creek, North Sycamore Creek, Chase Creek and Pieper Hatchery Spring


  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • Over 17 miles of this passage follows the well-established Highline Trail in the Tonto National Forest. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979, this historic trail was established in the late 1800's to link various homesteads and ranches under the Mogollon Rim.
  • North of Washington Park the trail passes the junction with the Tunnel Trail. The Tunnel Trail leads to what remains of the failed attempt to build a 3,100 foot tunnel through the Mogollon Rim for carrying ore from Globe to Flagstaff.


  • USGS Topographic Maps: Kehl Ridge and Dane Canyon.
  • Earth Tracks - Mogollon Rim West map.
  • Arizona Highways - Rim Guide Hiking map.
  • Highline Trail brochure from Payson Ranger District - Tonto National Forest.
  • Tonto National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.
  • Day Hikes & Trail Rides in Payson's Rim Country by Roger and Ethel Freeman,
    Gem Guides Book Co., Baldwin Park, CA., ISBN 1-889786-24-1.

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