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Donahue Trail #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2013
guyinthewoods
Hiking8.15 Miles 1,937 AEG
Hiking8.15 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
1,937 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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I definitely broke a sweat on this one. This hike is great if you like punishing yourself with endless switchbacks and rocky ankle twisting brutality. All exaggeration aside, it's a nice challenging hike with enjoyable views of the Pine area... but overall pretty average when compared to other trails along the rim.

From the Pine trailhead I started up Pine Canyon trail, but took a quick right on the shortcut trail that leads over to the Highline. I passed through the creek bottom and turned right at the intersection of Pine View trail #28 and Highline trail #31. From there it was a quick half mile to the beginning of the Donahue trail. Everything up until here was pretty smooth walking, but it got pretty intense as I started heading up the side of Milk Ranch point.

The trail is very easy to follow, but extremely rocky and eroded along most of the uphill part. Luckily, there are a few scattered shady spots along the way up. The switchback section is long and exhausting, but cresting over that ridge rewards you with some great views. The scenery quickly disappears as the trail continues uphill and into taller pines, junipers, and oaks. Just when my legs had recovered from all the climbing and I was picking up the pace through the forest, FR218 came into view and I had reached the upper end of the trail.

I feel like this trail is merely okay by itself, but it would be better as part of a loop with the Pine Canyon trail or West Webber trail.
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