20.7 miles
3,912 ft
-2,094 ft
1 mile
High Point

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Arizona Trail: Passage 26 - Highline is a 21 mile popular expert route located near Payson Arizona. This hike primary route. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 3,912 ft with a max elevation of 7,205 ft then descends -2,094 ft.
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More Stats for Arizona Trail: Passage 26 - Highline mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    1,819 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,386 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,386 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,205 ft
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,494 ft
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AZT - Highline
May 23, 2024 @ 12:18pm
May 23, 2024
Posting some trail details because I was curious about the recent trail improvements and I know others are as well. Rode Pine TH to Geronimo TH and a bit past. Mostly machine rebuilt route is solid. Don't expect Prescott quality but this is some of the best I've ridden near Payson. Solid blue backcountry xc route. Some pines/shade and some scrub oak. Needs more tires on some of it to buff out elk damage when it was wet. Last mile (from 8 to 9) has not seen machine attention and is black level and a bit overgrown but then ends in a lush stream crossing. Went a bit past Geronimo to the east and that looked nice for next time. Pine trailhead itself is closed for logging but the sign specifically says Highline is open so just park across the street.
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