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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking9.13 Miles 1,982 AEG
Hiking9.13 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   1.73 mph
1,982 ft AEG      38 Mns Break40 LBS Pack
 
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Wanted to check out the conditions on top of the rim so hiked up from W-Park with a little bit of exploring below the rim before and after I made the trek up.
Just as I was about to crest out on the CD I heard voices and looked down and saw 3 backpackers who took the powerlines down from the top for whatever reason so we never crossed paths but I would soon appreciate the snow they broke on top but even with the help it was tough.
Some nice patches of grass and small areas void of snow but on the contrary there is also still 2-3 foot snow drifts covering a lot of terrain making walking without snowshoes quite a workout since at this point it’s the semi frozen pie crust snow crap with each step breaking the surface to the bottom and sinking up to my knees at times.
Enjoyed a familiar favorite, had lunch on the edge and then headed back down enjoying more water in every canyon and drainage around here than I’ve ever seen not to mention a couple of falls literally pouring off the edge of the rim itself.

It’s certainly going to be a very special spring and summer in the Mogollon, perhaps one for the ages when it comes to water features and wildflowers

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Verde River - Source Medium flow Medium flow
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Verde River @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 General Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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