HIKE UP RAILROAD TUNNEL
In the early 1880s, the Arizona Mineral Belt Railroad made plans to cash in on the need for transportation of ore from Globe to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in Flagstaff. The scheme called for a tunnel to be excavated through the Mogollon Rim. The plan was discarded after they twice ran short of funds. Now all that can be seen of the tunnel is a hole in the rock.
Important Trail Information:
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Length, one-way: .25 mi
Lots of history - Native American and US Army skirmishes and an attempted railroad tunnel.
From Payson, travel north on Hwy 87 and turn right onto Forest Road 300, 12.2 miles east of Hwy 87 to Battle Monument on the north side of Forest Road 300. Trail 390 starts .5 mile down Trail 290 and goes for another .25 mile up to the tunnel. Alternate access is 100 yards east of Washington Park Trailhead on Highline Trail.
Fees (as of 2004):
Payson Ranger District, 1009 E. Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541. Phone: (520) 474-7900