Railroad Grade Trail
To the Trailhead: From the Show Low area, go East on HWY260. You'll pass the turn for HWY-273 and the Sunrise ski resort. Stay on HWY 260, driving another 1.6 miles and look for the parking area and signed trailhead on your right. There is a restroom here but no water.
- Wild Animals
Hiking along the Railroad grade trail in Eastern Arizona.
This trail used to be a railroad line servicing the logging activities in the area. After it's closure, it was converted into a gently graded hiking and mountain biking trail.
From the signed trailhead, walk along the easy to follow trail. The trail stays in the meadow, but you can see the edge of the forest here. Since there are no trees to restrict your views, this is an excellent hike to spot wildlife. During our hike we saw a Pronghorn and an Elk. The Elk was standing in the middle of Geneva Reservoir with a young calf.
There is very little elevation change on this hike, which makes it a good mountain biking trail.
The trail goes for over 20 miles, so the turn around point is arbitrary. We turned around soon after the views of Geneva Reservoir.