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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2017
mazatzal
Hiking2.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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A group of us got together to complete the bridges along the new trail and add some signs further up the trail.

Day 1:
A large semi and trailer arrived at the trailhead with two 44 foot, 6000 pound bridges. Along with the semi is a 3 axle, 10 wheel truck and a rough terrain hydraulic crane. Cool!

Craning bridge 1: transfer the first bridge to the top bars on the truck, make the short drive down to the first crossing, unload and turn the bridge right way up, crane into place, threading the bridge in between all the trees! The bridge fit perfectly onto the abutment / bolts.

Craning bridge 2: transfer the second bridge to the top bars on the truck, make the longer drive up to the second crossing along the power line road including two steep rough sections! unload the bridge, crane into place, threading the bridge in between all the trees! And again the bridge fit perfectly onto the abutment / bolts after a bit of boulder modification.

The crane team depart, what a great company and team they are.

The rest of us start the remaining work of adding the 60+ planks for the tread. Bridges done.

Day 2:
Further up the trail, above the upper bridge, the trail again leaves the power line and heads towards the Railroad Tunnel trail. We installed new signs at the power line and at the Tunnel trail junction. Back near the trailhead we dig one hole for a new sign and then lastly we head over to Geronimo TH and install a metal AZT sign.

A very fun couple of days with a great group!
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