We'd spoke about doing the Highline as an overnighter, this weekend seemed like a good time to go for it.
Pine TH to Washington Park TH.
This AZT stretch of Highline is in great shape. Lots of new signage in the beginning. A smooth re-route and a couple nice Cypress groves. Stopped for a nutrition break at Webber Creek. The flowers along the creek are out already. Made good time to Washington Park. Clouds had loomed all morning but the sun made it's first real appearance as we crossed the East Verde.
Washington Park TH to Hatchery TH.
The 'burn area' may now be the best stretch of Highline, tread wise. Trail crews were still out working as we put several miles of freshly groomed trail behind us. Truly a highway until the grass lands begin and no navigational issues at all. Stopped at Bonita Creek for water and decided we should look for a camp spot for the night. Settled on a nice little flat in the sea of manzy beyond FR144. Enjoyed a nice sunset, awesome fire and a decent night's sleep. In the a.m. we knocked out the rocky half of this segment, Ellison Creek area and cattle country on down to Tonto Creek for a snack break.
Hatchery TH to 260 TH.
After a nice sunny stroll we were glad to hit some pines again. We made our way down to Horton, expecting somewhat of crowd on a nice day. No crowds at all. We converged on the spring area at the same time as Linda and the kids. Had the place to oursleves while briefly chatting. That ended up being a nice breather before the climb up and away from Horton and East Fork of Horton. Plenty of new deadfall along this stretch. Made our way down to See Cyn where we added Rosie to the mix and she finished out with us. A very pleasant weekend in Rim Country.