Memorial Day means three days of fun in the outdoors, but the holiday also means sharing the places we love with some different recreation users. ATVs, side-by-sides, other mountain bikers, and a shit load of car campers created bumper to bumper traffic as we headed into Payson, AZ. We were uneasy as we rolled on down the highway, hoping that the trail of cars would thin, but it neglected to meet our expectations. Luckily we planned accordingly and headed farther East to a little community called Mcnary. We turned onto the dirt rolled and bumped our way into the Los Burros Campground (free) to meet our friends, who had snagged a spot. The campground was 3/4 of the way full. Oddly as the weekend went on the campground thinned out. It was a pleasant surprise, as we were expecting much worse! We spend the weekend enjoying the White Mountain Trail system on bike and on foot, and rolled as happy campers Monday Morning.
5:00PM Saturday- 'Wanna go hiking tomorrow?'. 'Sure, where at?'. 'IDK. You pick.' A few hours later we found a mild loop hike on the Mogollon Rim outside of Payson. The loop started from the 260 Trailhead (where the Highline Trail Trip began) and shot up to the rim. From there it followed the rim for a few miles, promising expansive views, before plunging back down to the Highline Trail and back to the trailhead. Sunday morning we loaded up and hit the road to escape the heat.