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Colonel Devin Trail #290
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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2021
Sredfield
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,166 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
1,166 ft AEG
 
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The gate near the top of the Col Devin trail fell victim to a falling rock, and the rancher felt his cattle were moving up the rim along this trail. I doubt that without someone, or more likely something chasing them. This is bear and lion country so maybe the wayward cows had a good excuse to stray.

Regardless, since the trail is also part of the Arizona Trail, the FS asked if the ATA was interested in installing a special gate there. We visited the site a few weeks ago and found that the ground and back wall is all rock, and while we have installed a steel AZT gate in rock, at Bray Creek, this just didn’t seem to warrant such heroics. Acknowledging that a regular gate to keep the cows home is not really our job, since we were already involved to some extent a couple of us went out today to put in a wire cowboy gate.

We anchored the wires to the sandstone wall with steel anchor bolts and tied the latch end off on a tree. The upright stays came from an oak thicket just downhill from the gate. All quite simple but it took most of the day. Several day hikers came by but no AZT thru-hikers.

The real story began as we were back on Highway 87 returning to Pine when the dreaded “where’s my phone” panic hit. Not in the car, so back out the Rim Road, down and up the trail and back down. As we were standing at the gate Tracy’s phone rang. “We found your phone,” said the saintly Samaritan calling from Washington Park, a mile or so downhill. She left it at Home Depot in Payson and we picked it up there. Hallelujah!

Another fine day on the AZT!
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Shawn
The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.
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