Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Pine Canyon Day Hike
when Saturday, August 6, 2022
where Pine Canyon, on the Pine Trail #26
the hike     Celebrate spring color in the high country! On the Pine Canyon Trail we’ll climb steeply down from the Mogollon Rim by way of Parsnip Spring, then meander along the western slopes of Milk Ranch Point by Dripping Springs before dropping down to Pine Trailhead. Enjoy panoramic views of Zane Grey country in the northern reaches of the Tonto National Forest.
    There will be shade, but also fallen trees on the trail. Walking sticks are recommended for the steep descent from the Rim and from Dripping Springs.
    Use the car we left at Pine Trailhead to retrieve the cars we left at Cinch Hook Trailhead. For those who are interested, we can come back to my rented cabin in Pine for lunch after.
    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 10-11 miles
time 6-8 hours
EC +1000'-2600' elevation change
elevations 7243' (Cinch Hook Trailhead) to 5392' (Pine Trailhead)
type round trip
starting at
Cinch Hook Trailhead 34° 27.052' N,  111° 25.033' W  [NAD27]
FH2M+84V Pine, Arizona
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
leader    Email the leader to confirm.
meet at
Meet at Pine Trailhead at 8 AM. I will meet the group in Pine.
meet in
Fountain Hills
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.
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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