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Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 10 2011
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Backpack52.00 Miles 8,887 AEG
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8,887 ft AEG
 
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Ahh,the Highline Trail.I first thought about doing this hike back in the late 70's when I hiked the Grand Canyon for the first time.For no good reason I didn't hike a whole lot after that, until 4-5 years ago.I'm going to turn 50 this year and it's making be want to tackle some hikes on my "hiking bucket list".Wally (of his own free will) :o agreed to do this hike with me.Bob agreed to hike 260-Hatchery with us and use his car for our cache.Grace(thanks dear)and I picked up Wally from dropping his car off at Pine Trail head and headed over to pick Bob up from the Hatchery.From ther it was off to the 260 to start hiking(5:00am).Just light enough to see and temps in the 40's,sweeet!From here to the Hatchery is my favorite part of the Highline! Lots of Pine,oak,maple and some creek crossings and very green.We took a break at Horton Spring(beautiful)and ate lunch by the Hatchery.Bob even brought some cold drinks.We left our day packs in Bob's car and put on our backpacks for the next 34 miles.From here to Washington Park it started to warm up.Lots of Manzanita,tall Ferns,and nice views.There is also many many ups and downs and very little shade.We reached Washington Park around 6:30 and we were pretty wore out.The cool water of the East Verde felt so good on our feet while we filtered water for the next section.We were able to set up camp and eat dinner before dark.I have to admit I was out not to long after that.Wally stayed up a little later and listened to the Coyotes and some kind of bird.The next morning we were up by 4:00 and on trail by 5:00.From here to Geronimo trailhead was a pretty nice section.The ups and downs weren't bad and some nice views,rock formations,ferns,and forest.after a snack and a couple more quarts filtred we were off to finish our last section.There seemed to be a lot of longer ups on this part and the temps were probably the hottest of the trip.Some nice areas and some exposed ones that felt pretty hot.Wally devoleped some blisters on this section but pushed on and we finished about 12:15.From ther it was on to Rimside Grill for a much needed lunch and dessert.We saw single Elk seven different times,one gopher snake and a wounded rat.Some people at the trailheads but no hikers until the last section.A big big thanks to Wally,Bob and Grace for making this highschool dream happen.You all Rock! :y:
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