Drew Trail 291 is a sweet spur off the Highline trail that makes for a nice connector trail to or from FR 300 and Military Sinkhole up on the Mogollon Rim. It’s a steady brutal climb, nearly 900 feet in in just over a mile.
I’ve been up the Drew and down it. While I totally prefer to go down, climbing Drew is a satisfying accomplishment. I was far from cleaning this mile of steep and even the hike-a-bike was greuling. But finally seeing a sliver of blue sky above the rim and rounding the last switchback as I climbed to the top was as sweet as it gets.
Coming down Drew trail is a scream fest, a blurr of rocks and roots, exposure and extacy. To ride from the top of Drew down to the See Canyon trailhead is three miles of bumpy bliss.