Back during our first year of full time rving we stopped for a week in Payson and rode a different section of the Highline Trail. This time we started at the Highway 260 Trailhead and rode west to the See Canyon Trailhead and back.
The Highline Trail follows the base of the Mogollon Rim and and travels 55 miles through every single canyon or drainage that comes off of the Rim — and there are many. Our ride was just a portion of it. Starting high up at we rode west through the forest. The trail flows beautifully with some rocky sections and a lot of forest. After passing through a fence at the junction with Drew Trail, the character seemed to change from mostly pine to a lot of maple and oak as well.
It was generally downhill to the See Canyon trailhead from here and we turned around at the creek. I think this is spring-fed from See Spring. The last section into the creek is extra rocky but all rideable with skill. This is a densely forested section of trail, and after some steep climbs out of beautiful canyons we were back up on the ridge. We were here during a weekday and only saw two hikers but as always, a weekend sees more folks.
On a side note, as I was looking back at our pictures from last time in Payson, I saw this post and felt it worth linking to, the pics are beautiful! https://www.beerbikesandcampfires.com/2019/11/02/fossil-creek-wild-scenic-river/