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Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 25 2017
DallinW
Backpack51.15 Miles 10,000 AEG
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Completing the Highline as one continuous trip has been on my radar pretty much since I started backpacking. Back in 2015 I had one "test run" from 260 to Horton, and a failed attempt which wasn't really even an attempt because I never started, I was sick so I went home. Fast forward a couple years, the Highline isn't very high up on my list of things to do, but the idea of making it a little bit of a push in 2 days made it attractive for me. Nick was in on the idea so we decided to go for it.

We saw some bear tracks on day one, and some lion tracks on day two. We didn't see as much wildlife as I had hoped, but there was signs of activity. We saw a few elk in the burn area and that was pretty much it.

Had a run in with Linda on Day 2 at Horton. We knew it was her because we could hear screaming kids and yelling for about a quarter of a mile. :sweat:

Nick's aunt Pam met up with us at See Canyon TH with Poweraid and burritos! The idea of ditching the packs for the last ~6.5 miles came up and I was all game. With burrito in belly, and all that weight off our backs, we picked up the pace and cruised to the finish in a little over 2 hrs. Day 2 started feeling like a slog for me before mile 10, so it was just what I needed to finish strong.

My opinion of the Highline didn't change much after completing it. I like both ends of the trail (Pine to Washington Park, and the Hatchery to 260), but the burn area got old for me quickly. The washed out rocky trail in that section can be quite annoying. I don't know if i'll do another hike straight through on this one again, but if I do it would probably be in the fall to change things up a bit.
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