Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Washington Park to Camp Geronimo Day Hike
when Trip Report : May 19, 2018
  Trip Report : July 27, 2013
where Mogollon Rim
the hike     The club has done this hike once before, led by Scott Green. This trail is part of passage 26 of the Arizona Trail and is also part of the Highline Trail. Given the challenge of placing cars for a car shuttle, I plan to do a key swap. Hopefully we will get enough hikers to make that work. If not we can always to a car shuttle. We will caravan from Payson via Houston Mesa Road (FR 199) to the intersection with FR 64 (Control Road). From there, half the group drives north on FR 32 to Washington Park and the other half drives west on FR 64 to FR 440 to reach the Camp Geronimo Trailhead.
    The hike stays below the Rim between elevations 5400 and 6250 but there are lots of ups and downs along the way. After the hike we can reconvene at the junction of FR 64 and FR 199 to get drivers and passengers back into the cars they drove up in. We can then journey back to Payson for eats and drinks.
    This hike is described on pages 22-24 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 poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Small flashlight
distance 10.5 miles
time 6-7 hours
EC +-1800' elevation change
elevations 6,097' (Washington Park) to 5,526' (Camp Geronimo)
type one way, possibly key swap
starting at
Washington Park 34° 25.850' N,  111° 15.650' W  [NAD27]
ending at
Camp Geronimo 34° 24.054' N,  111° 21.902' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Highline Trail #31, which is part of the Arizona Trail, passage 26
rating "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 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 northwest curb away from Starbuck’s.
•  Take Highway 87 north to Payson. We’ll make the usual MacDonald’s stop in Payson for restroom breaks and any last-minute breakfasts (to go).
From Payson drive about 7 miles north on Highway 87 to Houston Mesa Road (FR 199).
Turn east on FR 199 and travel 10.3 miles to FR 64 (Control Road). We will pick a spot trade cars and to meet up after the hike.
To Washington Park Trailhead: Turn west on FR 64 and travel 0.7 miles to FR 32. Turn north on FR 32 and travel 3.3 miles to FR 32A. The trailhead is 2 miles north on FR 32A. Facilities are limited to a corral. FR 32A is not recommended for low clearance vehicles.
To Camp Geronimo Trailhead: Turn west on FR 64 and continue west about 5 miles to just before the bridged crossing of Weber Creek turn north on FR 440 for about 1.8 miles and look for AZT trail signs. You will be near the Geronimo Boy Scout Camp.

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