Highline Trail 31


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Highline GPS tracks

Video from Drew junction down towards See Canyon.
More vids of the Highline from 260 TH to See Canyon: VholdR Videos

The Highline Trail 31 skirts the Mogollon Rim from Pine to the 260 Trailhead. 51 miles of untamed rim country riding. The most popular section for mountain bikers is the 6 mile segment from the 260 Trailhead to the See Canyon Trailhead (as shown in the map above). I have not yet ventured out to explore anything west of See, but I have heard from other riders that it is epic with plenty of hike-a-bike.

The epic route (as mapped above):
Take the Highline Trail from See Canyon trailhead to the 291 Drew Canyon Fork. Ride (HAB) up the rim along the Drew Trail 291 to FR 300. This is a huge climb (recommended for sadistic climbers who like hike-a-bike).

Hook up to the FR 300 via FR 9350 (or add some miles by continuing on the 291 to trails in the Carr Lake system which will drop you off at the Carr Lake trailhead on the 9350) and take a leisure stroll along the 300 to Military Sinkhole trail.

Then it’s down, down, down, sweet, sweet, sweet. There is short stint of rideable baby heads and usually a few downed trees to add to the adventure. Sinkhole is not for the timid. If you are new on the bike, or wary of steep downhills, ride Willow Springs Lake. Through the 260 trailhead back to the Junction with Drew.

From the 260 to Drew is beautiful trail. It follows the contour of the mountain weaving in and out of canyons and gullies, small climbs and small descents while generally gaining elevation. Once at the Drew fork, the Highline drops into some serene slickrock, rugged roots and gorgeous tree cover descending fast and furious. A couple of small climbs and fast bombs and your back at See Canyon. Nearly 18 miles of epic riding.

September 2006 Highline Ride Report

Local Bike Shop in Payson: Hike Bike and Run

Forest Service Guide to the Highline

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Spide June 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

The route shown above looks fine but avoid See Canyon Trail! It is in horrible condition. Lots of downed trees (like hundreds), rock slides have taken out the trail in many places. Difficult to hike in cycling shoes and a useless ~30 lbs of metal, plastic, and rubber (your bike).

2 RHP September 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Avoid See Canyon for sure. I read the route wrong and See Canyon ended up being a 3k foot Hike in about 3 miles. Absolutely brutal. I wont make that mistake again.

3 joe November 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

Military sinkhole and 260 TH to Drew are extremely rocky. Many loose rocks litter the trail making it slow going and not as enjoyable.

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