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Highline Trail 260 Loop

Average Rating:    (3.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

Killer singletrack thru an ancient forest on the Mogollon Rim. And an awesome downhill that seems to go on forever
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Latitude
34.252676117101515
Longitude
-111.324462890625
Trail Directions
From Payson go 27 mi. up highway 260 towards showlow
Trail Length
12 mi.
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Payson
   


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Review Date
August 23, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: shznit65 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Well, I rode this trail today and I would say that it could use some help. A few downed trees would help me HIKE UP THE FIRST PART BETTER...........YES, HIKE AND BIKE IS WHAT THIS TRAIL IS ABOUT. There are a few areas that you can ride but it gets better when you get to top and you get on another trail. So, you need to pay to the gravity gods and this trail is it. SUCKS!! Then take the road that turns gravel west and enter the camp area on the left. We asked the camp area host where the next trail was and it was about a half mile from his camper on the left side marked with 2 wooden posts just off the rode about 40 feet. This is where it gets good. Loose downhill with rocks and oh Sh** sections that are not for the beginner. Speed helps.....believe me! It is mostly loose and rocky till the next trail junction that we went left back to the parking lot about 5 miles to the east. Absolutely wore us out! Skinned knees and one busted chin between the 6 of us and we are fine and we did it. MARK IT OFF THE LIST!

Recommended Route:
THE ONE THAT YOU CAN RIDE..........NOT HIKE AND BIKE!



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Review Date
June 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dirt diver ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
ok, for a newer review, there was a fire if you didnt hear about it. i started at see canyon TH and worked up from there. the trail was ruff, but ridable. there was a lot of ash and fallen trees. the forest service tried to clean it up, but it could use a little more help. after that, it cleared up all the way to the rim. the lung busting climb up the rim was exhausting, but paid off on the downhill. other than that, the rest of the ride (except the rim climb!) was fun.

Recommended Route:
whatever is fine. next time i'll go up to the 260 TH to start cuz i was wiped out from see canyon.



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Review Date
September 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gm289 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I paid for the downhill by riding up from the See Cyn TH to the Highline, then Mil. sinkhole and along the rim to FS road 300 and then about 6 miles past the 9350 campground. Yeah, I missed it. I was looking for the right numbered trail in the wrong area. In leaving "Fat Tire" out of my pack, i forgot to write down the critical number of the road that leads to the top of the Drew trail and the best part of the loop, the killer downhill. So I came down the highway because I was running out of time. however, I would ride it again in a heartbeat because the hike a bike up was great! Only about 10 trees down and lots of technical to practice on. Not wanting to be a weenie and complain about the lung busting needed for the uphill and the 4 mile section of the Highline part but the Mil. Sinkhole was the killer. Looking back, i got a chance to improve my lung capacity, learn a valuable lesson about route finding, ride alone in beautiful Mogollon Rim country for 3 hours, and get another day of great mtn biking with challenges I've never faced before. All in all, a winner

Recommended Route:
Ride it from See Canyon TH to 260 TH via the Highline trail. From there it depends on what you want. The climb to the top is tough and for your hard work you get good views, an 8 mile flat ride to the top of Drew and of course, the scary 1 mile descent. Or you could return on the Highline to practice hops, rocks, drops and logs to get almost all the downhill back to See Cyn TH. You will need lots of water and food.



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Review Date
July 2, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chris2fur ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This review is of a different route than most who reviewed this trail took (see "Recommended Route" below). Great mix of challenging short climbs with rocks, roots, etc. to clear. Great for honing skills. Good mix of switchbacks, too. Very good mix of ups and downs on Highline up to the juncture. The downhill to Christopher Creek is very fast and just enough short drops and obstacles to keep the adrenaline flowing. Can't wait to go back.

Recommended Route:
From Payson, take HWY 260 to the "Two-Sixty Trail Head." Take Highline from the trailhead (the trail next to the restrooms). Take to the junction of "Rim" and "Christopher Creek." Go left on Christopher Creek (great downhill singletrack!). Cross the creek, go down the very fast, fun forest road to Christopher Creek Village, back to HWY 260 and take the climb back to the trailhead (yes, on the actual freeway--plenty of shoulder room, but it is a long sustained road climb.



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Review Date
May 25, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: justsomebiker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is the only trail I have riden in Payson. I took this loop straight from Cosmic Ray's book. I read the reviews for this trail and I almost didn't do the trail. Just had to write to give this trail a fair shake. This is a great trail!! The forest service must have done some work over the last couple of years cause the trees are pretty much gone from the trail. There are still some trees, probably something like 15, not hundreds as reported by someone in a previous review. If you are looking for a lung busting, technical, leg burning, brake smoking workout this is your trail. Savage climbing then tough, somewhat technical, hard to control your speed downhill. There are still some trees you have to huck yourself over in the downhill, so be carefull. The trail has great views, and you are in the trees most of the time. All and all great trail, don't have much planned for the rest of the day, cause you will be spent.

WARNING...Not a beginner trail, If you are not confident in your skills go somewhere else. There are some spots with big exposure that could ruin your day!! There is a small town store just before you turn on to the road to the trailhead that will be happy to take your name and time you will be back. If you don't come back they will call for help for you. They said last week someone got seriously injured and had to be rescued after spending the night out there.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the route in the guide book and you will be fine. I read that some guys got lost, don't really know how, the trail is very well marked at all intersections. I took right around 4 hours for this trail and I did stop to look at some of the views. Bring food and lots of water, and of course bike tools for emergency repairs. The mileage was just under 18 miles.



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