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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2017
rayhuston
Hiking14.74 Miles 2,319 AEG
Hiking14.74 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.53 mph
2,319 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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This has been on my to do list for a couple of years. With a planned day off and a picture perfect weather forecast along the Rim, I decided to make it happen today.

I loaded (and followed) the official route up the Colonel Devin trail, not knowing that there was a reroute of the first mile or so. A nice reroute as it turned out, but I didn't notice until I was coming down.

The railroad tunnel to nowhere was fun, worth the trip. I wish I had come back down the same way; bypassing #390 on the way down was not the shortcut I'd hoped for.

The absolute highlight of the hike, though, was the Fred Haught trail. The word that kept coming to mind was tranquil. A nice easy trail with a canopy of pine through most of it, I felt like I could walk all day.

My legs told me otherwise at Quien Sabe Spring, so I turned around there and found a spot for lunch. After lunch it was time to go home. Out and back hikes do that to me.

I saw one person the whole day. A man was walking down the RR tunnel trail not far from the rim as I was walking up.

The weather was as perfect as the forecast. Gorgeous!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Verde River @ Highline Light flow Light flow
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