MOGOLLON RIM TRAILS

Rising abruptly above the basin is the precipitous two-hundred-mile escarpment named the Mogollon Rim. A variety of vegetation often intermingles: the Ponderosa Pine Forest, with the Interior Chaparral and the Great Basin Montane Scrubland.

 

The area begins at an elevation of 5,000 ft. and goes up to 8,000 ft. It is very pleasant in the spring and the fall, but visits can be uncomfortable during the winter and the summer.

During the "monsoon season" in July and August, severe thunderstorms occur, sometimes causing potentially dangerous flash-flooding.

Albert Nature Trail #3

Leangth: 1.0

 

Easiest 

Oak Trail #16

Length: 3.2

 

More Difficult - This trail is part of the Arizona Trail. Oak Spring is a beautiful wooded setting.

Pine Canyon #26

Length: 7.9

 

More Difficult - The trail offers a variety of scenery including distant views of pine-covered hills and a bird’s-eye view of Pine Canyon.

Myrtle Trail #30

Length: 0.5

 

MOST Difficult - The Highline and Myrtle trails travel through the "Dude Fire" burn. This area is the scene of the most devastating wildfire in Arizona history. This area is ideal for the study of the rejuvenating power.

Derrick Spur Trail #32

Length: 0.9

 

Easiest - This trail winds through a cool Ponderosa pine forest. Spring brings many wildflowers. Autumn showcases breathtaking fall foliage.

Derrick Trail #33

Length: 2.2

 

More Difficult- This trail winds through a cool Ponderosa pine forest. Spring brings many wildflowers. AutumEasiestn showcases breathtaking fall foliage.

Babe Haught Trail #143

Length: 2.6

 

MOST Difficult- This trail, built by Babe Haught and his brother, was used to pack crops and supplies in and out of Winslow. There are great views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Fire is an important aspect of the wild environment. The "Dude Fire” of 1990 burned this area; thus, it is an ideal place to observe how our forests rejuvenate themselves after a fire.

Sinkhole Trail #179

Length: 2.3

 

More Difficult- The upper portion of this trail follows the original military road built by General George Crook. While building the road, the army came upon a sinkhole and used it as a water stop.

See Canyon Trail #184

Length: 2.4

 

MOST Difficult- A short but challenging trail that offers a variety of plant life and sights. Especially pretty in the fall when maple, aspen and oak show their fall colors. Idyllic setting along Christopher Creek, lined with mint, fern and grasses.

See Spring Trail #185

Length: 0.6

 

MOST Difficult- A short but challenging trail that offers a variety of plant life and sights. Especially pretty in the fall when maple, aspen and oak show their fall colors. Idyllic setting along Christopher Creek, lined with mint, fern and grasses.

Turkey Trail #217

Length: 2.5

 

MOST Difficult - Interesting rock formations, including a “balancing” rock.Wonderful canyon and rim views.

Horton Creek Trail #285

Length: 3.8

 

Easiest - This trail follows treads along Horton Creek, past waterfalls and winds through magnificent stands of pine.Great for loop hikes

Colonel Devin #290 & Railroad Tunnel Trail

Length: 2.0

 

MOST Difficult - Fort Whipple military personnel used a trail in this location on a maneuver to find renegade Apaches; the trail was named after Colonel Thomas C. Devin who led this group. In the early 1880`s, the Arizona Mineral Belt Railroad made plans to cash in on the need for transportation of ore from Globe to the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad in Flagstaff.

Drew Trail #291

Length: 1.0

 

MOST Difficult -This is an old pioneer trail built by the Drew family. The Drews homesteaded around Sharp Creek and constructed this trail to Winslow prior to 1909. This trail weaves its way through Ponderosa pine

Red Rock Trail #294

Length: 1.0

 

More Difficult -Red Rock Spring flows year round and was used by both Apaches and settlers as a watering hole.

Pump Station Trail #296

Length: 1.0

Easiest -Homesteaders created this trail to provide access to the Highline Trail. It has been rebuilt by Boy Scouts.

Valentine Trail #551

Length: 0 .7

More Difficult -From FR 188, Valentine Trail crosses a small arroyo, and then gradually climbs a ridge while following the contour on its north side.

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