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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Volunteer avatar Oct 14 2017
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Following on to "mazatzal's" excellent trip report ...

Day 3. continued
While the volunteers worked on signs, Rob continued the earthwork around the bridges and closed the social trail going north from the parking lot. He obliterated the tracks to the north bridge left by the trucks and crane, including rocks and logs laid back on the track. The trail on the north side was marked with a couple large sittin-rocks, and the crew tested them for lunch spot suitability.

Day 4
Earthwork near the lower bridge continued. The excavator was used to remove cut log rounds near the bridge, close off the access route across the stream south of the new bridge and then contour the western approach. This proved the most problematic.

The soil was either large rocks or sand the consistency of talcum powder, with large areas of ash from years of campfires. This does not make for sustainable trail but following a couple hours of work, everyone was about to accept this as the best available but imperfect situation--you have to work with what nature provides. Then Tracy suggested using the trailer to haul a portion of the loamy soil that formed the berm near the TH. Bingo!

So Rob contoured the approach with nearby soil, loaded 6-7 yards of soil on the trailer, then spread and compacted it to provide a less-erodible cap to the approach. We raked and polished the results and were feeling about done when Rob said he thought the large flat rock halfway up the trail to the TH would make a great sittin-rock if it was near the bridge. But it's huge! Nevertheless, he started dragging one side then the other a little ways at a time, until it was in the perfect spot.

A quick photo shoot of the caution tape coming down and the trail was open!

The disturbed areas will be reseeded with native seed as winter and more moisture approaches. We'll add a few more signs, open the trail around the north side of the parking lot, add a kiosk and consolidate the signs at the TH as part of the overall project. The FS wants a rail fence around it as well, and if that comes to be we'll help with that.

Thanks again to Rob, Roger, John, Joe, Tracy and Richard and countless others for the incredible help on this project.
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