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Railroad Grade Trail

Elk along the Railroad grade trail
Railroad grade trail
Ridgebacks give chase to a Pronghorn along the Railroad grade trail
Views of Sunrise ski park along the Railroad grade trail
Railroad grade trail
Hikers on the Railroad grade trail
Map: Railroad grade trail
Elevation plot: Railroad grade trail


How to Get There
This hike is located near McNary, AZ.

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.
White Mountains and Eastern Arizona

Hike details

7.30 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
This trail is over 20 miles one way, so the turn around point is arbitrary. We turned around near the Geneva reservoir and the total distance ended up to be 7.3 miles.
3.75 [Hours]
Our hike took us 3.75 hours
Elevation Change
200 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
Only about 200 ft elevation change.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features
  • Water
  • Wild Animals


Best Season
  • May
  • June
  • September
  • October
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Date Hike completed
May 26, 2013


Solitude Details
Outstanding. On a Memorial Day weekend, we had this trail all to ourselves.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
The lack of significant elevation change makes this an easy hike. Keep an eye out for the wildlife in the area!


Be Aware of
mountain bikes

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.


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