June 21, 2011
This map shows a section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail that passes through Rim Country. The trail runs the length of the state and will be finished next year.
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North-south state trail passes through Pine, Strawberry and will be finished in time for Arizona Centennial bash
Joe Longbotham, a wiry man with a beard, a twinkle in his eye, a jaunty step and a love of the outdoors, channels the spirit of John Muir. He started hiking four years ago to keep healthy in retirement, then lost 30 pounds hiking more than 500 miles each year. He also got deeply involved in the all-out effort to complete the Arizona National Scenic Trail, which traverses the whole state north to south and passes through Pine and Strawberry. The efforts of a host of volunteers like Longbotham will conclude next year with the completing of the last link in that trail.