Rock Wall Trail #608

Mogollon Rim

Covert art for the hike video I made last time I hiked Rock Wall Trail #608.
Covert art for the hike video I made last time I hiked Rock Wall Trail #608.

After last week’s hike to Tonto Natural Bridge, this is the second week in a row where I would not have enough time to make a hike video, or an extended hike description, due to commitments the following week. Whereas last week I repeated a hike only three weeks later, today I repeated a hike a year later: Rock Wall Trail #608.

Parked in the same large lot on the west side of AZ-87. The barbwire gate between AZ-87 and Rock Wall Trail #608 was down. Trail surface and condition were no different than last year. I did notice that there were two or three sets of vehicle tires in the trail surface. A half mile up 608, near the first rock wall, I bumped into the two pickups, with some people camping. They had a campfire, but it was already extinguished. I thought that odd, since I was under the impression fire restrictions were in effect — the day’s local fire status was “very high” — and I thought the trail was non-motorized. I said “good morning”, then moved on.

At the three mile mark, where the road splits, last year I went left towards AZ-87 on FR 9367R, this time I continued straight on 608. (Other than a short side trip to the very steep edge of Pine Canyon.) I only took four photos during my hike: No sense wasting time if I’d photographed the hike before.

All the elevation gain occurs in the first three miles, so while I moseyed to the furthest limit of 608, avoiding two sets of Winnebago campers, I booked it back the way I came, only pausing when I got back to where the two pickups had been. They were gone, and thankfully the ashes were cool.

Great view looking down into Pine Canyon from FR 9388R. Mogollon Rim opposite,
Great view looking down into Pine Canyon from FR 9388R. Mogollon Rim opposite,

Since I finished just before noon, my wife & I stopped at the Old Country Inn, in Pine, for a wood-fired “Meat Pie” pizza and a couple of prickly pear beers. :-)


When I can’t get out for a hike, or don’t have time to create a hike video, I make a withdrawal from my video “bank”: My bank is where I stash videos of other things I am interested in, or like photographing: Graffiti, food, beer, my t-shirt collection, #cloudporn and #flowerporn are amongst the deposits. Unlike money banks, hopefully there is high interest. :roll:

So, this week’s withdrawal from the Video Bank is “Graffiti 2”, featuring throw-ups and pieces from the Netherlands, Houston and Maryland, plus Phoenix, Prescott, Ahwatukee, Copper Creek and Shaw Butte in Arizona. Not encouraging, just documenting. ;-)

Note: There was no graffiti on this hike. And please don’t leave any. :!:

Distance: 9.07 mi.

AEG: 1,327 ft.

Time: 3h 12m


Graffiti 2 Video

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