Phoneline Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Desert grasslands, different loop options, river valley view From the parking lot you'll jump onto the trail and within 10 yards the trail splits. You can take the Phoneline Trail to your left or continue on down the trail to the Cherry Valley Wash (where you'd take a left once you get to the wash). Either trail takes you to the same place (see map). Both trails parallel one another until you hit an intersection. You have the option to go straight along the wash or take a right and climb out of the wash. The trail to the right runs below and alongside phone lines. The straight trail travels through the wash and eventually you'll come to another intersection, take a right, climb out of the wash, and the trail will intersect with the trail under the phone lines. Along the trail under the phone lines there are a few junctions marked with signs where you can add loops to your hike which gives you a lot of options and flexibility. The trail markers are more frequent and noticeable when you're hiking in the washes.