Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Highline Two Sixty Trail Day Hike
when May 6, 2017
where Payson
the hike     Come join me to burn some calories before summer officially starts. If I can get a deputy hike leader, this will be both a C and a B hike. The C hike is just the Highline Trail out to the junction with the Drew Trail. We will be hiking just below the rim, and at breaks in the trees we can see the Verde Valley. The rim above us provides some nice views of the different rock formations. There may be a few wildflowers out, depending on how the rains have gone. At about the 4 mile point we will get to the Drew Trail and the C hikers will return to 260 Trailhead. This is at 6,780 feet elevation. Because this is an in and out hike, you can return to the trailhead from any distance.
    The B hike continues to the top of the rim on the Drew Trail. The Drew Trail is an old trail that the pioneers built before 1909. This trail gets to the top of the rim in one mile. It is a very steep and rocky trail. From the top you can see the Verde Valley. The wildflowers will now be “top of the rim” types. We end up at 7,600 feet in elevation.
    After the hike we may return to Payson for a meal and drinks. The two groups can then finish the day together.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water and a snack/lunch
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Walking sticks if doing the Drew Trail
distance 8 or 10 miles
time 4-6 hours
EC +-200' or +-1200' elevation change
elevations 6621' (Two Sixty Trailhead) to 7,600' (Mogollon Rim)
type in and out
starting at
Two Sixty Trailhead 34° 18.409' N,  110° 57.097' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Highline Trail and Drew Trail
rating "C" or "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Payson
meet 7:00 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the northwest curb away from Starbuck’s.
•  Take AZ-87 north to Payson.
At the intersection of AZ-87 & AZ-260 take 260 to the east.
Just before 260 climbs to the top of the rim (about 27 miles), take the signed road to 260 Trailhead. This short road leads to a large parking lot.
This trailhead has restrooms, no running water.

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