• Mogollon Rim to Highway 87


  • 15.4 miles

Southern Trailhead: FR 300 Trailhead


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.

Northern Access Point: Highway 87


From the intersection of AZ 87 and AZ 260 north of Pine, drive northeast 19.5 miles on AZ 87 then turn right (south) on FR 138. (This is about 0.8 miles west of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station on AZ 87.) Signs on the highway point to Moqui Campground. The trailhead is about 100 yards south on FR 138, on the left (east) side of the road.

Trail Route Description

Passage 27 traverses north on top of the Mogollon Rim. The trail through this section follows a mix of single and doubletrack across meadows, forests, and canyons.  It features aromatic pine trees, flowing water, and the historic General Springs Cabin. 

The trail crosses pristine natural beauty such as the quiet sanctuary of General Springs Canyon. It passes through thick stands of pine and fir trees and drops into East Clear Creek. Although roads bisect much of the passage, none are heavily traveled, and their presence does not spoil this quiet corner of the Mogollon Rim. 

This passage is mostly flat, with two notable exceptions. The first is the 500-foot-deep gorge carved by East Clear Creek, which flows into Blue Ridge Reservoir. The second is the steep drop from Blue Ridge to Highway 87. Neither is particularly difficult, and this passage as a whole is relatively easy.


  • Moderate



Water may seasonally be found at Blue Ridge Campground when open May – October and in stock tanks in the vicinity of the trail. There is also seasonal water in some of the drainages the trail crosses.  Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.


  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • When Blue Ridge Reservoir is full, by turning right in the East Clear Creek drainage area, the water can be reached within 1/4 mile. When the reservoir is low, water may be several miles away.
  • An interesting side trail leads off of FR 123E to a monument that was erected at a battle location. It lists the names of the Indian warriors and U.S. Cavalry members who fought in the Battle of Big Dry Wash.  For more information, download the January 1931 Arizona Historical Review from http://hdl.handle.net/10150/623320 and see “The Battle of Big Dry Wash” by Will C. Barnes, page 36.


  • Map of Passage 27
  • USGS Topographic Maps: Kehl Ridge, Dane Canyon and Blue Ridge Reservoir.
  • Coconino National Forest – Visitors Guide.
  • Coconino National Forest – Recreational Opportunity Guide.
  • Coconino National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

For more information

  • The Passage Steward
  • Coconino National Forest, Mogollon Rim Ranger District, 8738 Ranger Road, Happy Jack, AZ 86024   (928) 477-2255.
  • BLM Information Center  (602) 417-9300.

Current Passage Info

Still Fire Forces Closure of AZT Blue Ridge Passage

Still Fire Forces Closure of AZT Blue Ridge Passage

As of Sunday, October 1st, a closure order is in effect for the northernmost portion of AZT Passage 27 - Blue Ridge due to activity from the lighting-caused Still Fire. The closure order includes the portion of the Trail between Hay Meadow and East Clear Creek. According to the Forest Service: "Coconino NF often strategically manages lightning-caused wildfires to benefit the overall health of the fire-adapted forest and plans to use the natural ignitions of Still Fire in this manner. Wildfires are a natural part of the Coconino NF’s ecosystem, and when managed diligently and properly following the requisite planning process, improve the landscape long-term in several ways." Trail users are encouraged to utilize the alternative routes identified by the Forest Service as described in this map. From the Forest Service: "For Arizona Trail users heading southbound, follow these directions to detour around the closure areas: At County/Forest Road (FR) 211, head south on 211 for approximately 1.5 miles. Cross HWY87. You are now on FR 95. Follow 95 for approximately 10.75 miles to the Cabin Loop Trail system, Pinchot Cabin Houston Brothers TH. This will get you off the road. You will see a 3-Panel kiosk w a locator...
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Fire in Mogollon Rim Country Likely to Impact AZT

Fire in Mogollon Rim Country Likely to Impact AZT

A lightning strike has caused a small wildfire on the Coconino National Forest near Blue Ridge Reservoir. Six miles of the Arizona Trail's Passage 27 (Blue Ridge) between East Clear Creek (AZT mile 494) and Hay Meadow Trailhead at Highway 87 (mile 500.7) may be closed in the interest of public safety. More information about the Still Fire and potential trail closures or reroutes will be posted as soon as more information is available.
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No known issues as of summer 2019.
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