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Deadman Highline Trail #325, AZ
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Deadman Highline Trail #325, AZ 
Deadman Highline Trail #325, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2019
markthurman53
Hiking3.93 Miles 936 AEG
Hiking3.93 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   1.89 mph
936 ft AEG      21 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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After the failure to complete the Round the Mountain Trail I headed back up the Old Columbine road to the Deadman Highline Trail. This trail follows an old logging road to a place 9800 feet up an unnamed Ridge. After a short side trip up a road that was not part of the trail I eventually got on the correct trail. This trail was much easier to follow at least for the first half. The last half the trail is there but easy to loose. I probably was off trail about a third of the way the last half. On the way back down I was able to stay on trail most all the way. Once on the ridge the views to the east are pretty good. Trees obscure the views though. Once on the ridge I continued up until I hit the 9800 foot elevation (Red Squirrel refugium) where I paused for a break before heading back down.

Nice hike with a continuous uphill climb but nothing strenuous. Saw about a half dozen turkeys and a couple of deer. The destination is kind of not exciting since it is somewhere along a ridge at an elevation of 9800 feet. The views to the east are good but you have to look between the trees. There was no one else on the trail, in fact I don't think there was anyone in the vicinity of Columbine. The temperatures were in the mid 60s which was kind of a welcomed change from the other hikes I have done this summer that were 85 plus.
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