April 6, 2012
IF YOU GO
DONAHUE TRAIL No. 27
From Payson, drive 18 miles north on Highway 87. Just before Pine, turn east at the signs for the Pine Trailhead. The hike begins easterly out of the parking area on the Highline Trail. For the first half mile, the trail is flat and easygoing. The trail follows a small creek to a signed junction where you continue right, crossing the creek. After another half mile, a small sign for the Donahue Trail points north up the Mogollon Rim. From there, the trail is well marked and follows a series of switchbacks before leveling off in a rocky area. Stop here or continue north, where the trail eventually connects with a Forest Service road.
Distance: From parking lot is about 3 miles one way.
Elevation: 5,600 to 6,700 feet
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