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Zane Grey Highline Trail 50

Saturday, Apr 27, 2019

Rim Top Trailhead
Payson, AZ 85547

30th Annual
Regarded as the toughest, roughest and most beautiful 50 mile trail runs in the country. It run on the Highline trail near Christopher Creek, Arizona, at the base of the Mogollon Rim.

The Mogollon Rim is an escarpment defining the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Its central and most spectacular portions are characterized by high cliffs of limestone and sandstone, namely the Kaibab Limestone and Coconino Sandstone cliffs. The escarpment was created by erosion and faulting, cutting dramatic canyons into it, including Fossil Creek Canyon and Pine Canyon. The name Mogollon comes from Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, the Spanish Governor of New Mexico from 1712 to 1715.

The Highline Trail dates back more than 100 years to the 1870’s, when trails were built below the Mogollon Rim in Central Arizona to connect the homesteads to early settlers and pioneers. The beauty of the area is overwhelming. The four miles just east of Christopher Creek are thought by many to be the most beautiful section of this scenic trail.

The trail, which lies entirely in the Tonto National Forest and runs from just south of Pine, AZ to several miles east of the town of Christopher Creek, was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1979. The Forest Service and many volunteers including several runners have worked countless hours over the years to restore, maintain, clear and mark this scenic and historic trail.

Course Information:
The Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile run is one of (if not the most) difficult 50 mile races in the country. It is an advanced degree run for experienced ultrarunners. This means if you have never participated in an ultra distance run before (sorry…triathlons don’t count) then do one of the many other ultra runs around the country before running the Zane Grey 50. There are sections of this course where you are out on your own for very extended periods of time without aid. You have to have proven that you can be self-sufficient. Race management would like to avoid having to send out search and rescue to retrieve runners on the course. We’ve had to do this several times in the past (we’re not kidding).

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