Trail 260 – Payson, AZ

Trail 260, Payson Arizona

Trail 260, Payson Arizona

27 miles east of Payson is trailhead 260. This is a great ride with awesome views. The ride starts out below the Mogollon Rim and climbs to the top of it. The climb is pretty tough and rough, but well worth the views and descent. I don’t recommend this ride to beginners, because of the climb and the possibility of getting lost. The trail isn’t marked very well in sections up on the Mogollon Rim on General Crook Trail. The descent is pretty hineous for any skilled rider. Also, missed turns are possible on the way down. We once missed a turn and ended up in Christopher Creek, which was a pretty long ride back up the highway to the trailhead. At least we found our way back.

Directions:
Take HWY 87 from Phoenix to Payson. Turn right onto HWY 260 and head east for 27 miles. The trailhead will be on you left. Start ride and head east on Hiline Trail about 2.5 miles. Once at top of rim take the wheelchair singletrack that runs along side the road. The views are spectacular from here. As the wheelchair trail ends in about 1.7 miles, jump on the General Crook trail and continue 2 miles to a jeep road marked #9350. Then about .6 miles turn left onto the Drew Trail at marked sign #291. Go between the posts. Down 1 mile and turn left back onto Hiline Trail and it is 4 miles back to the trailhead.

Rating:
Skill: Intermediate
Effort: Moderate
Type: Loop
Season: Summer
Mileage: 12

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An Arizona native, Jeff has been mountain biking and racing since 1997. A father of 2 awesome children Ryder and Skylar. He is the owner of Excelnet Media, an Internet Marketing company.

Comments

  1. Dave Harney says:

    A friend & I attempted to cycle this route in october 2006. The General Crook Trail proved impossible to find, if they were any sings they were often so vague as to where to find the trail head! After 2 hours up on the rim we had to turn back the way we came. I don’t doubt there’s some brilliant riding to be done out here …. but from the point of view of being a visitor just trying to find some good ridding this proved very difficult!

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  2. I did this trail and if you like the idea of pushing a bike up a mountain then this is for you. My idea of Mt. Biking is to stay on the bike not walking.

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  3. The Highline trail from the 260 TH is awesome. You have to know where you are going though that’s for sure. I recommend getting a GPS and downloading the tracks from someone who has ridden it.

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  4. Just did this trail over the weekend, and hated it. It’s way too rocky. I was walking my bike as much as riding it. The views, however, were impressive.

    I followed Mountain Bike America: Arizona’s guide for this trail. Incidentally, it is listed as one of the best single tracks in the state, so now I can only assume the author is a sadomasochistic. He recommends riding back to the trailhead along the highway. It was straight uphill for nearly 5 miles, not something you’d want to do after a grueling 8-mile trail ride. I know many experienced road cyclists who would not have attempted that road. The SUVs screaming by weren’t much fun either.

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  5. You guys are riding this trail totally wrong. Start at trail 260, but instead of heading east, head west toward chrisotpher creek along hiline trail. Take the road back to where you parked from christopher creek or if you’re a glutton for more keep going to Tonto. Some of the best single track in the area. Just rode this trail 2 weeks ago, it was awesome! If you like it thank the Payson Area Single Track Association (PASTA), saw them up there working on the trail while I was riding. Perfect 85 deg, shaded most of the time, and even a little mud!

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