Arizona January 18, 2018
The Amazing Hiking Trail In Arizona That Takes You Through An Abandoned Train Tunnel
Spring will arrive soon and I think it’s about time we start looking at things to do in our state’s typically snowy areas. If you’re looking for a hiking trail that is short, remote, and yet a workout, then we know of just the trail for you. Read on for more information.
The trail can be found in the Mogollon Rim, one of Arizona's most striking geological formations. This area is also home to a beautiful ponderosa pine forest and plenty of places to enjoy outdoor activities!
Among them: hiking! There are tons of hiking trails around here but the one we're looking at is located just off Rim Road 300, and is less than a mile long in total length.
The short but steep trail will take you to this abandoned railroad tunnel, which was once an attempt to create a massive tunnel up the Rim.
The ambitious endeavor took place in 1883 when a mining company attempted to connect a rail line between Globe and Flagstaff. The project never fully panned out, however, since the company blew through their funds on two occasions before finishing the project. In fact, of the original 3,100 feet proposed for the tunnel only 100 feet was bored through the landscape before it was abandoned within a short time period.
It is difficult to tell from most photos you'll find online but the tunnel isn't an easy find at first! The train tunnel actually looks something more like a bear cave hiding behind brush but if you look closely, you'll spot it.
Also nearby are the ruins of an old structure nearby. The details on whether or not it is related to the tunnel remains a mystery.
Have you hiked this short trail? Let us know your experience and any other nearby locations you've enjoyed hiking!
The Tunnel Trail is 0.8 miles in total length and can be found near Happy Jack via Rim Road 300. You can find details about the hike on
hikearizona.com or alltrails.com.
Want to explore another railroad-related hike in Arizona? Read about the Peavine National Recreation Trail in
You’ve Never Experienced Anything Like This Epic Abandoned Railroad Hike In Arizona.