Highline Access

Payson, Arizona (Gila County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.72 miles
Highest Elevation: 6600 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Payson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Payson
Official Road Name: FR31
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Payson


Highlight: Highline Access
If camping and exploring trails with your 4x4 in the pines sounds like a great time, then this would be the spot to start. Camping in this area makes a great starting point for exploring the Arizona Mogollon Rim country near Payson, Arizona. The trail is easily accessible from FR64, Control Road and located near the East Verde Creek at Verde Glen. All within an easy trail ride from camp, you can hunt geodes at Brody Hill, rock crawl Pyeatt Draw or go for a hike on the Highline Trail #31. The trail has many beautiful dispersed campsites along the way, the one at the end is below the Mogollon Rim, allowing access to the Highline Hiking Trail.


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1. Trailhead FR31 (0 mi)
Exit FR64 and travel north on FR31. There are two entrances close to each other. One is very washed out, the other is easy.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Payson, AZ

From Payson, Arizona, travel north on Hwy. 260 until Houston Mesa Road, across from the Home Depot. Travel north on Houston Mesa Road for 10 miles. Once into Whispering Pines, turn right, east on FR64 Control Road. Travel on the dirt road for 6.5 miles until FR31 on the left, north side of the road.



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website https://www.xploremor.net to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvpVThlbR-IwMLX4tlRRcg
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