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Highline Trail Rehabilitation



The Highline National Recreation Trail, so designated in 1978, is located north of Payson, Arizona and below the Mogollon Rim, which marks the edge of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona. Over fifty miles long (the second longest NRT in Arizona), it follows a course below the rim between Pine Trailhead, off Highway 87, and the 260 Trailhead off of Highway 260. The original highline was constructed in the 1880's to connect ranches located below the Rim. This old route appears on topo maps and is evident in many locations today.



More background information includes historical information and more about the trail and the area, funding recieived to support the work and plans for future work on the various parts of the trail.



Upcoming Events
November 3 - 5, 2017  Horton Creek Trail repairs
The start of the Horton Creek Trail off the Hatchery road needs some fixes. We will bring in the ST240 to help us rebuild the high water crossing just past the start of the trail. We will base at the fee campground (no fee to volunteers) at the trailhead. One day a small crew may drive up toward the Hatchery trailhead to rebuild some cairns where the Highline Trail passes over slick-rock.

Completed Work
Number of Events: 35
Total Volunteer Hours: 2736
Total Participants: 224
Project Outputs
Feet of existing trail maintained: 5000
Other (miles of trail survey+GPS+ohotopoints): 24
Feet of existing trail maintained (feet): 2960
Other (feet of trail closure): 750
Other (hardened stream crossing): 1
Rock steps built: 11
Other (feet of cut brush cleared from trail): 300
Feet of realigned trail built (feet of trail worked to a finished grade): 800
Feet of new trail built (feet): 1240
Other (feet of trail corridor clearing): 2000
Feet of realigned trail built: 700
Hardened drainage(s) built (feet built): 35
Feet of degraded trail rehabilitated (realignment and rehab): 1000
Feet of barbed wire fencing removed (feet of fencing removed): 1000
Other (bridge repaired): 1
Feet of new trail built: 2900
Other (Foot Bridge): 1
Other: 8000
Feet of realigned trail built (feet): 890
Switchbacks built: 3
Other (fire rings removed): 28
Feet of trail closed for revegitation: 250
Other (Corridor Clearing): 10000
Feet of degraded trail rehabilitated (feet): 300
Feet of trail closed for revegitation (feet of old trail closed): 180
Rock steps built (stepping stones): 6
Other (check dams): 40
Feet of trail closed for revegitation (feet of trail closure): 550
Feet of rock wall built: 40
Hardened drainage(s) built: 2
Feet of realigned trail built (Cleard of 1.5 Mile realignment): 1000
Other (corridor clear): 5000
Other (Trail corridor cleared): 10000
Other (5500ft corridor clearing): 1

Completed Event Reports

April 29 - 30, 2017  Removal of old fencing wire & posts
No Report Information
April 15 - 16, 2017  Trail & Trailhead Grooming
Post-construction trail grooming. Equestrian/hiker crossing of East Verde River
Total Volunteer Hours: 90    Total Participants: 6
Event Outputs
Feet of existing trail maintained: 1000
Other (hardened stream crossing): 1

November 5 - 6, 2016  Removal of old fencing & Mtn Bike Tour of Highline
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMx00KygBIZNsdy0Uj3ihNv5AWv35507gDl0BMhtfF22Gz2b9zm196j8n6lVyy0pA?key=M1ZfLVhvWDlMTkpkV3phREtNdzBTdmtZeHE3SXZB

Saturday, four volunteers gathered rolled barbed wire and T-posts and moved them to a location that will accessible by a quad for removal. Volunteers also cut loose another stretch of old fencing by cutting the clips holding the wire and pulling out the T-posts. The country sure looks prettier without fences!

Sunday was devoted to hiking or biking. Two volunteers stayed at camp and rode the stretch of new trail.
Total Volunteer Hours: 30    Total Participants: 4
Event Outputs
Feet of barbed wire fencing removed (feet of fencing removed): 1000

October 25 - 27, 2016  Power Clearing - Washington Park
corridor clearing w/ paid crew
Total Volunteer Hours: 30    Total Participants: 2
Event Outputs
Other: 8000

September 27 - 29, 2016  Power Clearing - FSR 144 #3
No Report Information
Total Volunteer Hours: 9    Total Participants: 1
Event Outputs
Other (corridor clear): 1000

September 19 - 21, 2016  Power Clearing - FSR 144 #1
No Report Information
Total Volunteer Hours: 60    Total Participants: 3
Event Outputs
Other (corridor clear): 4000

April 30 - 1, 2016  Removal of old fencing wire & posts
No Report Information
March 26, 2016  Maintenance/Rehabilitation west of Hatchery TH
March 26, 2016


It had been freezing on Friday night and Paul had a bad cold, so we cancelled the work for Sunday, deciding not to camp Saturday night. The three volunteers and Paul finished 800 feet of trail on Saturday. Two runners came by while we were working and waxed ecstatic about the improvements in the trail. They were training for the foot race in April.
Total Volunteer Hours: 25    Total Participants: 4
Event Outputs
Feet of realigned trail built (feet of trail worked to a finished grade): 800
Feet of trail closed for revegitation (feet of old trail closed): 180
Other (feet of cut brush cleared from trail): 300

January 30, 2016  Hike/Ride 'tween 260 & See Canyon TH's
No Report Information
October 10 - 11, 2015  Hatchery Road Area - Maintenance & Repair


A crew seven, mostly female. Performed maintenance and installed upgrades on 4,000 feet from the Zane Gray homestead area to the Tonto Creek crossing.

Total Volunteer Hours: 94    Total Participants: 8
Event Outputs
Feet of existing trail maintained: 4000

September 29 - 30, 2015  Trailhead Finishing
Sept 29, 2015 at Christopher Creek


Volunteers accomplished a variety of work, including closing and disguising old trail sections, obliterating many fire rings, building hardened drainage and adding guide stones to point out the continuation of the trail heading west. We camped at the pretty meadow of the old CCC camp. We hope to be able to use that camp site in the future again.
Total Volunteer Hours: 116    Total Participants: 8
Event Outputs
Feet of trail closed for revegitation (feet of trail closure): 550
Hardened drainage(s) built (feet built): 35
Other (fire rings removed): 28

May 30 - 31, 2015  Corridor Pre-Clear
On Saturday trail corridor was cleared prior to work by mechanized crew. Sunday additional tread finishing was provided on the new alignment VOAz completed earlier this month. No pics for this one
Total Volunteer Hours: 50    Total Participants: 4
Event Outputs
Other (feet of trail corridor clearing): 2000

May 2 - 3, 2015  New Alignment at Christopher Creek
Photo Album

Volunteers finished building 1200 feet of new trail, including a rock wall reinforcement. The new trail route had been prepared by machine. The finishing work included mucking out grass and some small roots. Crushed rock filler was used in some places where large rocks were removed leaving holes.
On Sunday local volunteers brought their two charming sons and mascot Taco the dog.
Total Volunteer Hours: 140    Total Participants: 10
Event Outputs
Feet of new trail built (feet): 1200

April 4 - 5, 2015  Corridor Clearing
Cleared about 1000 feet of corridor..new alignments..along 1.5 miles of trail
Total Volunteer Hours: 122    Total Participants: 9
Event Outputs
Feet of realigned trail built (Cleard of 1.5 Mile realignment): 1000

March 31 - 3, 2015  BLM Natural Resources Youth Program
No Report Information
March 14, 2015  Bridge Repairs at Horton Creek
Repairs to VOAz Bridge at Horton Creek


Five technicians from the Bridge Construction & Maintenance Division of VOAz completed this job in one day. The work entailed packing over 80 pounds of gear 3.5 miles in and back out from the Horton Creek TH. It was a tremendous day and we were treated to high water along the creek.
Total Volunteer Hours: 47    Total Participants: 5
Event Outputs
Other (bridge repaired): 1

October 23, 2014  Horton Creek Trail finishing & closures
Significant realignment was completed allowing the old trail in the rutted old road to be converted to a drain and revegetation work. Additional trail and drainage improvements made.
Total Volunteer Hours: 33    Total Participants: 4
Event Outputs
Feet of new trail built: 600

October 10 - 12, 2014  Horton Creek Trail finsihing & closures
Horton Creek 10-11-14


Volunteers built 40 check dams along 750 feet of eroded trail and cut saplings and branches to place above the dams to catch silt and aid revegetation. Clumps of grass with the damp soil were added hoping they would take root. Eventually this section of trail will be closed when the realignment is ready.
Total Volunteer Hours: 133    Total Participants: 9
Event Outputs
Other (feet of trail closure): 750
Other (check dams): 40

October 3 - 5, 2014  Horton Creek Trail finsihing & closures
No Report Information
September 23 - 26, 2014  BLM Crew – Horton Creek Trail
No Report Information
September 12 - 13, 2014  Pre-clear corridor for Highline Trail realignment
No Report Information
Total Volunteer Hours: 54    Total Participants: 6
Event Outputs
Other (5500ft corridor clearing): 1

April 19 - 20, 2014  Tonto Creek - Wall, Xing, Trail Finishing


Before this event got underway, we spent two days with the STY240 trail machine building a dry crossing at Tonto Creek. The images below are from that week.

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Tonto Creek Crossing Construction


Here are the image from the weekend of work that followed:
Tonto Creek - April 19-20 2014


On Saturday volunteers rehabilitated about 200 feet of existing trail immediately to the east of the Tonto Creek crossing. They also finished the first 50 feet of the realignment leaving Tonto Creek and created a stock ford at the crossing. All work was finished on Saturday. On Sunday remaining volunteers hiked/surveyed the loop from the Fish Hatchery trailhead through to the Horton Creek trailhead. Sections of the trail that have been worked by VOAz are very nice. The runners next week should enjoy the improvements.
Total Volunteer Hours: 83    Total Participants: 6
Event Outputs
Feet of degraded trail rehabilitated (feet): 250

April 14 - 15, 2014  Wall & Stream Crossing at Tonto Creek
No Report Information
Total Volunteer Hours: 15    Total Participants: 5
Event Outputs
Feet of rock wall built: 40

March 29 - 30, 2014  Horton Creek Trail - Lower Creek Crossing
Horton Creek - March 30, 2014


Volunteers rehabilitated the existing trail as a hikers' crossing for dry conditions or a stock ford. 50 feet of a new high water trail was built leading to stepping stones, which were placed across the wash.
Total Volunteer Hours: 136    Total Participants: 11
Event Outputs
Feet of degraded trail rehabilitated (feet): 50
Feet of new trail built (feet): 40
Rock steps built (stepping stones): 6

March 25 - 28, 2014  BLM Natural Resources Youth Program
No Report Information
March 16 - 17, 2014  Corridor Clearing out of See Canyon
No Report Information
Total Volunteer Hours: 100    Total Participants: 6
Event Outputs
Other (Trail corridor cleared): 10000

October 19, 2013  Foot Bridge at Horton Creek
From Horton Creek Bridge Construction


Twelve VOAz volunteers hike the four miles from the Horton Creek TH up to the work site on a beautiful fall day. The bridge was completed except for setting four rebar anchors. Than was done about ten days later. Thanks to Janet for serving as EM and lunch maker.

Photography by Marilyn Ringland
Total Volunteer Hours: 115    Total Participants: 12
Event Outputs
Other (Foot Bridge): 1

September 28 - 29, 2013  Trail maintenance and construction
Sept 28 2013 Horton Creek


On Saturday 12 volunteers completed 300 feet of new trail and “reclaimed” 250 feet of old trail along Horton Creek. There were many hikers to contend with on this very popular trail. Most were happy to use the new trail, but some mistook the old, rocky jeep road for the ascending route. A cairn was added to alleviate confusion. One obstinate hiker descending the path pointedly refused to use the new trail after direct requests were made.

On Sunday 9 remaining volunteers cleaned up the first section of the new Derrick Trail Head. This work included removing several large juniper stumps happily growing in the middle of the tread. The official opening of the new trail was slated for that day.
Total Volunteer Hours: 175    Total Participants: 12
Event Outputs
Feet of new trail built: 300
Feet of trail closed for revegitation: 250

March 16 - 17, 2013  Derrick Trail Rehab and Realignments
https://picasaweb.google.com/voazalbums/201303HighlineTrailEvents

Total Volunteer Hours: 83    Total Participants: 5
Event Outputs
Other (Corridor Clearing): 10000

November 17 - 18, 2012  Derrick Trail Rehab and Realignments
2012 11-17 Derrick Trail

Dot and her able operator completed a mile of new rough tread, step, and drain work and is now 2 miles in from the trailhead.

Total Volunteer Hours: 130    Total Participants: 10
Event Outputs
Feet of degraded trail rehabilitated (realignment and rehab): 1000
Rock steps built: 11

November 3 - 4, 2012  Derrick Trail Rehab and Realignments
Highline Trail Rehabilitation-Derrick Trail Rehab and Realignments

Total Volunteer Hours: 151    Total Participants: 23
Event Outputs
Feet of new trail built: 1300

October 20 - 21, 2012  Derrick Trail Rehab and Realignments
VOAz 10-20-12


The 10 volunteers on Saturday and 7 on Sunday completed 700 feet of realigned trail and two magnificent switchbacks. Joe is a true rock master. Again Michael spent both days breaking new trail with the Compact Excavator. Marilyn provided dinner for us on Saturday night but was not able to stay overnight. Richard Anderson attended as crew-leader-in trailing along with Sue Thiebes, Joe Zweglich and Rick Kesselman. By Sunday they had us out numbered! The bears neglected us again.
Total Volunteer Hours: 157    Total Participants: 12
Event Outputs
Feet of realigned trail built: 700
Switchbacks built: 2

October 6 - 7, 2012  Derrick Trail Rehab and Realignments
VOAz 10-6-2012

Although there were several one-day volunteers, we had 11 volunteers on each Saturday and Sunday completing 700 feet of new trail, 2 drainages and a switchback. Michael worked on breaking the new trail with the Compact Excavator. The campsite is right at the trailhead for Horton Creek. It is beautiful and has restrooms but no running water. Kathleen Tucker came to help the Event Manager with meal preparations. Some of the volunteers contributed dishes to the meal. We did not go hungry. There had been bears visiting the campsite a few weeks before the event, but no bears joined us for dinner. Some of the local people went home for dinner.
Total Volunteer Hours: 177    Total Participants: 15
Event Outputs
Feet of new trail built: 700
Hardened drainage(s) built: 2
Switchbacks built: 1

March 31 - 1, 2012  Hatchery Road Area - Maintenance & Restoration
VOAz Highline 3-31-12


5 volunteers worked Thursday and Friday with a mini excavator to widen the trail tread and move extra large rocks before othe volunteers arriveds. Saturday and Sunday volunteers worked on nearly 3/4 mile of trail, including 7 realignments from 40 feet to 265 feet in length for a total of 890 feet and 2,960 feet of maintenance. Chelsea Muise worked with us along with two volunteers from the Friends of the Forest.
The group of volunteers included two runner, Karsten Solheim and Deva Lingemann, who plan to run the Highline next week.
Total Volunteer Hours: 229    Total Participants: 13
Event Outputs
Feet of existing trail maintained (feet): 2960
Feet of realigned trail built (feet): 890

October 15 - 16, 2011  Work Needs Assessment
Teams of three walked four of the eastern section on Saturday and two more on Sunday to establish baseline data for planning the work, starting in 2012, to improve route legibility on the ground a enhance access for all non-motorized users
Total Volunteer Hours: 152    Total Participants: 11
Event Outputs
Other (miles of trail survey+GPS+ohotopoints): 24



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