Tunnel Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Happy Jack, AZ and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Followed the arrow on the sign and went down following the power line.. Wrong way :( didn't find the tunnel
Got into Payson to see the in-laws in the early afternoon and weren't quite ready to settle in for a night of talk about metal working and the news about the recent neighborhood bobcat sightings, so we went up to the Mogollon Rim and went in search of the old railroad tunnel to nowhere. With no cell service and only a basic memory from a decade ago, Cheryl and I went exploring. We had heard that there was a trail from the top of the Rim down that was pretty easy, but 1) to hell with easy and 2) we had no idea where we were going or how to get there, hahaha! SOOO, we found an old forest service road with warning signs and a sign with a picture of a hiker with bullet holes Swiss-cheesed throughout and we decided that this was our road. we found the trail with little problems and started up the canyon. We got maybe a hundred yards before realizing we weren't going the right way so we bushwhacked our way through the pricker bushes to the other fork in the trial and kept on going up the canyon. Before long we came to another fork and went the right way, but then found another fork and went the wrong way and ended up finding that trail mentioned earlier on the top of the Rim by climbing to the top of the Mogollon Rim and then turning around and going back another trial before finding the "right" way up to the tunnel. With the sun setting fast and the temperature dropping faster our visit to the historical tunnel was a short one, but we found time to play around and take a few pictures before we had to double time it down the hill. By the time we made it back to the car it was nearly dark and we were happy to sit by the fire and listen to any and all stories about the villainous bobcat while we fell asleep.