Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Pine Canyon Day Hike
when Trip Report : June 8, 2019
  Trip Report : April 20, 2013
  Trip Report : October 31, 2009
  Trip Report : November 12, 2005
  Trip Report : November 8, 2003
where Pine Canyon, on the Pine Trail #26
the hike     This is an interesting hike. It starts high on the Mogollon Rim, then does a steep series of switchback to get to the bottom of Pine Canyon, where the trail meets up with Pine creek. The view of the Mogollon Rim as you go down the side is spectacular. Plenty of different rock colors as you cross the layers that make up the rim. This trail is not used much, so bushes may be close to or on the trail.
    You then get to the bottom with maples, box elders and gambel oaks. At a little past Parsnip spring we will find a good spot for lunch. In the bottom there are elk, deer and birds. We then get to climb 1,000 feet to get to the other side of the ridge, where we go down 1,000 feet to get to the Pine Trailhead and the Highline trail. We will cross near Dripping Springs, but the current trail has been routed away from the spring.
    Use the car we left at Pine Trailhead to retrieve the cars we left at Cinch Hook Trailhead. We will eat at a local restaurant after the hike.
    This hike is described in Footloose from Phoenix, by Ted Tenny, pages 229-234.
    This hike is also described on pages 82-85 of Day Hikes and Trail Rides in Payson’s Rim Country by Roger and Ethel Freeman, Gem Guides, 2005.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain gear
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Hiking poles
•  Camera
distance 11 miles
time 6-8 hours
EC +1000'-2600' elevation change
elevations 7243' (Cinch Hook Trailhead) to 5392' (Pine Trailhead)
type one way
starting at
Cinch Hook Trailhead 34° 27.052' N,  111° 25.033' W  [NAD27]
ending at
Pine Trailhead 34° 22.463' N,  111° 26.569' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Pine Canyon Trail #26
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Pine
meet 6:30 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 north curb away from Target.
•  Take the Beeline Highway (Arizona 87) north through Payson almost to Pine.
Leave a car at Pine Trailhead, then continue north on AZ 87 past Strawberry.
Cinch Hook Trailhead is an unmarked turnoff on the right, 1.2 miles after the left turn for AZ 260. There is no sign, but a short dirt road off the right side of the highway, and a gate.
85 miles from Target Center to Cinch Hook Trailhead. All roads are paved.

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