Highline Loop

The trail travels 17.0 miles through mountain parks, aspen groves, and spruce/fir forest, and along alpine ridge tops above timberline.

photo: San Juan National Forest. Photo by USFS. Type: Backcountry
Length: 17.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: N of Payson on SR 87 18 mi. at a point on along the Mogollon Rim. Turn right into the trailhead. Also accessible from SR 260 at milepost 279.
States: Colorado
Counties: Montezuma
Latitude: 37.4517329331423   Longitude: -108.011470503269

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Description

Several trails traverse the high country, including the Highline Loop National Recreational Trail. The trail travels 17.0 miles through mountain parks, aspen groves, and spruce/fir forest, and along alpine ridge tops above timberline. It is a high elevation trail that is somewhat difficult to follow. Excellent views of Hermosa Creek can be seen from the trail.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Soil

Average Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 9,000
Elevation High Point: 12,000
Year Designated: 1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Lloyd McNeil
San Juan National Forest
Dolores Ranger District
P.O. Box 210
Dolores , CO 81323
(970) 882-7296
lloydmc_neil@fs.fed.us

 

Photos

San Juan National Forest. Photo by USFS.

San Juan National Forest. Photo by USFS.

San Juan National Forest. Photo by USFS.

San Juan National Forest. Photo by USFS.

 

San Juan National Forest. Photo by USFS.

San Juan National Forest. Photo by USFS.

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