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Aug 17 2019
Nightstalker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking6.40 Miles 1,545 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   2.15 mph
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Took the team up to Payson this weekend and my up with Mel and Mark who joined us to visit the old Railroad Tunnel. 59 degree start to the hike was well welcomed. We weren't on the trail long before we veered off to explore the area around the old hatchery. Ponds still riddle the landscape with pipes and other pieces of the old laying around. Tons of ripe blackberries hang from the ends of thorny vines in that area. Made our way back to the trail and off to the tunnel. After visiting the tunnel we explored some direct routes to the top. The girls and I retreated back to the Colonel Devin trail and met up with Mel and Mark at the top. Enjoyed the views for a bit and headed back to Washington Park trailhead. A very photogenic butterfly visited with us for quite some time, many pictures were taken.
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Jul 19 2019
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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
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Gallydoll
Hiking1.00 Miles 490 AEG
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I wanted to get out of the phoenix heat for the day so I decided to take my father on a little adventure. We hiked down to the tunnel which was very rocky. When we got to the tunnel there was a lot of graffiti. When I started the hike I thought i picked a place I had never been but once I saw the tunnel I realized that I hiked up to it from Washington Park last fall. Either way my dad was hesitant on taking the trail back and decided to create a new route going straight up over the tunnel. We scrambled up the mountain for a mile. We finally got to the road and walked back to the car. By the time the hike was done it was around noon and it was starting to get hot.
Jun 29 2019
kenandjude
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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 490 AEG
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The girls were out so it was time for the boys to escape the heat and do a trail that's been on my wish list for ages. There was even a smoldering fire on the rim road. Was surprised the road was still open. Had a great time and even took a detour and went to the fire guard cabin. Thank you Joe for providing the history of this tunnel!
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Sep 29 2018
Nightstalker
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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,106 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.34 mph
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Hiked up from Washington Park. 52 degree start at 7am, 77 degree at finish at 11:30. Easy trail to follow. In the trees, green everywhere, water to the left and right. Very pleasant hike up to the RR Tunnel split. The first sign you get to that directs you to the RR Tunnel is INCORRECT. Continue on the main trail to the next small sign 2 switchbacks up. Here you will find an easy enough trail to follow. After a bit, the trail becomes a scramble up the side of the mountain over loose rocks and gravel. Great views and fun trail. Saw a coral snake on the road section returning to the truck.
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May 06 2018
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Fred Haught via Washington Park, AZ 
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Hiking12.33 Miles 1,923 AEG
Hiking12.33 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.86 mph
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noticed this hike that @tough_boots had done a couple weeks ago
looked like a nice one
new territory for john and i
first time hiking from washington park
good roads getting there
got going a little after 0730, checking out the newly rerouted colonel devin trail
nice bridges and path on the lower section - well done
continued on an old roadbed after about a mile
took the detour over to the railroad tunnel, which was an interesting bit of history to visit
on up to the rim, then down a forest road to the general springs cabin where we caught the fred haught trail
very pleasant going through pine trees
water in the canyon at times
i greatly enjoy this terrain
found the cabin remains where we had a snack break
retraced our steps, except for accidently going down the powerline section :?
my bad
nice temps, good breeze, some high cloud cover
saw three people, all within a half mile of the trailhead
i've done pieces of all of the cabin loop trails, would like to hit what i've missed with a bigger hike
stopped for thai food in payson again
good hike with good company - thanks john :)
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May 06 2018
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Fred Haught via Washington Park, AZ 
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Hiking12.33 Miles 1,923 AEG
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A very nice hike! Thanks Kelly. :)
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Nov 24 2017
toddak
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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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toddak
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,122 AEG
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Very nice new trail route among the springs, adds a rating point.
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Upper East Verde River, AZ 
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Hiking5.66 Miles 1,201 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   1.74 mph
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Wanted to find fall color with water involved without the crowds and I knew this area would offer some potential.

Upon reaching Washington Park my eyes caught a flame of red along the creekbed and I instantly knew I made the right decision.

I wanted to stretch my legs and check out the display further up so I decided to head on up to the RR tunnel since it was so close.
It was cool to finally see the tourist tunnel but unfortunately has so much graffiti coated on the walls of the entrance.

Temperatures on the rim have been absolutely perfect lately, comfortably warm during the day and nice and cool once the sun starts to set.
The remainder of the evening was spent underneath the canopy of foliage taking photos of one of the best displays of water and fall colors I have personally experienced.
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Maples, Oaks, Sycamores and even some Aspens in the upper elevations are all rocking with color.
Some past prime but yet side by side next to green, rather strange foliage patterns.

dry East Verde River - Source Dry Dry
Running water and pools stop exactly at .6 miles above Pieper Hatchery Spring.

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Aug 17 2017
rayhuston
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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking14.74 Miles 2,319 AEG
Hiking14.74 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.53 mph
2,319 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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This has been on my to do list for a couple of years. With a planned day off and a picture perfect weather forecast along the Rim, I decided to make it happen today.

I loaded (and followed) the official route up the Colonel Devin trail, not knowing that there was a reroute of the first mile or so. A nice reroute as it turned out, but I didn't notice until I was coming down.

The railroad tunnel to nowhere was fun, worth the trip. I wish I had come back down the same way; bypassing #390 on the way down was not the shortcut I'd hoped for.

The absolute highlight of the hike, though, was the Fred Haught trail. The word that kept coming to mind was tranquil. A nice easy trail with a canopy of pine through most of it, I felt like I could walk all day.

My legs told me otherwise at Quien Sabe Spring, so I turned around there and found a spot for lunch. After lunch it was time to go home. Out and back hikes do that to me.

I saw one person the whole day. A man was walking down the RR tunnel trail not far from the rim as I was walking up.

The weather was as perfect as the forecast. Gorgeous!

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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
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Hiking8.07 Miles 1,617 AEG
Hiking8.07 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.28 mph
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Another glorified dog walk. Started at Washington, climbed to the rim, took Fred Haught down a couple miles, or so. Plenty of water, plenty of squirrels to chase. As with what is expected for this time of year, we ran the final tenth of a mile to the car to beat a down pour and nasty little storm cell.

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Jun 11 2017
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Devin Tunnel Haught Rim Romp, AZ 
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survivordude
Hiking13.11 Miles 2,193 AEG
Hiking13.11 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   3.32 mph
2,193 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Needing to beat the heat and have been seeing a lot of posts about the Rim lately so a 4:30AM drive up the hill started my day. Gabby and I began at the Washington Park TH. I really started feeling that elevation difference the first mile and a half. Even my sneezes couldn't get a full breath! Colonel Devin mostly follows an old road under the power lines the whole way up. Also, this desert cat didn't bring a sweater and the wind blowing almost had me freezing my pumpkin off. I wanted that AEG climbing up the Rim but what's it worth if I didn't enjoy it? Railroad tunnel - check.. Made it up top in one hour. Passed General Springs Cabin and there were several cars at the Fred Haught TH. Anyone remember that movie 'Ferngulley'? Pretty sure it was filmed on location on this trail. (Nevermind it was animated, ok?) Sooooo many giant ferns everywhere it was very lush and beautiful. The trail crosses the creek several times as it heads north away from the Rim. The AZT signs every 500 ft were a little excessive. Went just past where the AZT splits off and then had to turn around due to time and commitments. Saw several elk that scattered immediately when they saw us. Was not looking forward to the return trip down the Rim but the views were really great and the sun felt great. Never thought I'd say that in June. No Mogollon Monster sightings today, but Gabby did walk right over a gopher snake crossing the path, I was really surprised she didn't even smell it. Really enjoyed the forest and nice weather today.
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Apr 26 2017
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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 490 AEG
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we left Mesa at 6:30 and drove to Strawberry, then began looking for road 300 off hwy 87. The road was narrow and gravel, but in very good shape. The drive along the Rim Road was spectacular and I wanted to stop at every vista to take pictures. The sample in the photoset gives you a great idea of the grandeur of the drive. When we reached the Tunnel Trail, it was steep downhill as well as back up hill at the junction where it turns back up toward the rim. The trail was well cairned. The area of the tunnel was very interesting. On the return, we opted to follow the trail toward the lower junction where we hiked up the utility pole maintenance road. Not sure which trail would be easier.
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We saw Indian Paintbrushes and a number of other flowers that are not familiar to me. I did recognize the dandelions and elk droppings scattered all along the rim.
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Apr 22 2017
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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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DbleDutch
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.89 mph
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Left from the Washington Park TH and up 290 to the Tunnel Trail 390. Too many hikes at our desert elevation left us in slow gear for the hike up. The last section of the Tunnel Trail has two options and cairns. We took the direct assault on the left not seeing the option right. A sketchy route up the waste from the tunnel. A survey from the top showed the bottom of the ravine and coming up behind the powder house is the better route. Enjoyed a lunch break and exploring the tunnel area. Back to the TH is all downhill and passed quickly with only a pause at a trail guardian. A buzz worm said I was too close at about 10' and I agreed with a couple retreating steps.
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Aug 27 2016
kelraen
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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
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kelraen
Hiking1.00 Miles 490 AEG
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Had a good hike up to the railroad tunnel during the twilight hours. Not too bad of a hike, a little steep but short. Once turning off onto the Railroad tunnel trail off of the railroad tunnel loop 390 trail, it became VERY necessary to look at my GPS constantly (got lost a few times). In the daylight on the way back it was just fine, but getting up there with nothing but flashlights was tough. The tunnel itself and powderhouse/moonshine spot was really interesting. Don't know if that was the best place to put a railroad, but it sure helped the next morning when it started hailing/raining at about 5 am to get out of the water's way. Overall, a great trip and an enjoyable place to hike/camp at! Having spent a lot of time in the East Verde, it was great to be able to see where it starts! Definitely worth a return trip.
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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,122 AEG
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My parents were visiting from Southern Oregon this weekend. They wanted to see some historic sites and hike on the Rim. We started the day with Montezuma's Well and Castle, and after a late lunch, headed out to FR300. I originally recorded my track on Route Scout, but when I got home to upload, it wasn't showing up on the app :-k

The Colonel Devin Trail seemed like a good combination of Mogollon Rim views mixed with a bit of a creek hike. We started on FR300 and headed south, almost all the way to the Pieper Hatchery Spring. I missed the actual trail on the way down, which lead to a steep descent of the old power line road that follows the East Verde wash. Building that power line must have been a tremendous task to take on. On our return, we followed the actual trail and linked to the Railroad Tunnel spur trail. I wish I would've read the history of the tunnel before we arrived. But it's still interesting in retrospect!

The most exciting part of this hike, for me, was seeing the headwaters of the East Verde and the many springs that seep, and sometimes gush, down the canyon and into the channel. Fascinating to think about the links between surface and groundwater!

Overall, fun and simple hike to end a chill day of sightseeing. Oh but wait, there's more! Had to stop at That Brewery on the way home ;)

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout side springs come in about 100 meters south of here.
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Jul 09 2016
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Bear Canyon - Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ 
Bear Canyon - Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking18.90 Miles 3,318 AEG
Hiking18.90 Miles   9 Hrs   26 Mns   2.00 mph
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Upper 70's looked refreshing so the adventure was on. Devin is a straight shooter and gets you to Kyle/Hank country quick. Stopped at the first cabin heading in and out to rest and enjoy the cool breeze.

The meat of the hike was Bear Canyon. It's nice. Big pines, occasional water and such. Nearing six miles negotiating downed trees with no prize on the horizon was losing it's lure. We agreed to forego the next two miles and jump out. It was steep. We stumbled upon an old long gone road on a finger of a ridge. Based on the stumps and trees in the road it looks like it was logged back in the 50s.

Then onto FR719 thinning is obvious in areas that include countless slash piles. Semi amazing as this is a blip of an iota in a sea of canyons and ridges on the rim.

Out General Springs with a stop to the Railroad Tunnel utilizing the upper trail we've never hiked. Ran into the gossip wagon heading home...lol
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a few nice specimens are out, several large areas of Wild Bergamot

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Bear Canyon - Cabin Loop via Washington Park, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking18.93 Miles 3,318 AEG
Hiking18.93 Miles   9 Hrs   25 Mns   2.32 mph
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Headed off to Cyle Kountry for some cooler temps and tall pines.
Temps on the day ranged from 71 to 91, The Coolest in the morning after the climb to General Spring Cabin. The warmest at the Railroad Tunnel in the late afternoon. It was in the 80's most of the day and perfect in the shade and with a breeze.

First time driving to the Washington Park TH and any vehicle could easily make it there.

Colonel Devin Trail #290, is as steep at the top as I remembered from doing AZT #27. We took a cool down snack break at the cabin and then headed SE through the woods to Bear Canyon Upper. I'd done this portion before. There are quite a few areas that the game have provided a nice path to follow. It's a lush area with tall cliff walls that is very picturesque. The places where the game had not left a trail was slow going and takes a toll on you. After 5+ miles we cut our track short and scrambled straight up and out of the the creek bed.

On to the ridge line, we ran across a long ago tree cleared roadbed, that made navigating the forest to FR719 a breeze.

Once on the Fred Haught Trail #141 it was clear sailing in the pines. Here we ran into HAZ Lurker Samantha, who gushed about the Web Site and an unlikely member. "Do you guys know AZChumley" :sl:

On the way down, we decided to check out the Railroad Tunnel Trail from the top. Neither of us had been on this section before. Some might want to use this as an alternate route to the top, as it is a less steep alternative.

On the way home, while gassing up, we ran into the before mentioned AZ-Chumley, one of his partners little Johnny 8K, Jackie who was watching after the Leemobile that had be commandeered, and Linda aka Lindaagm. Great to meet you. Be careful of the company you keep. :o
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Good, Clean, Cool flow. Yum

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Plenty in the area

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There waster in the Concrete Spring area (along with other stuff), but there are better sources in the area.

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The_N
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
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The_N
Hiking23.36 Miles 5,013 AEG
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Almost did this as a backpack 2 weeks ago, decided on a day hike today instead. Started from the Pine TH where I crossed paths with a couple of dog walkers, that was the last human contact until Washington Park TH. Being fairly familiar with this area I flew through the first 9 miles as if on auto-pilot. Topped off my water supply at Webber before continuing on from Geronimo TH. Took a few small detours to check on Bear and Poison Springs. Highline was easy to follow through the burn area between Bray and N. Sycamore, although very little shade. There is some deadfall along this segment, not too bad. Worst of the deadfall was just before Chase Creek. Around East Branch of Chase Creek the Pine forest returned, making this an ideal camp area with plenty of water, shade & firewood. By the time I arrived at Washington Park I was feeling the effects of having hiked 20 miles on no more than a PB&J so I decided to stop and snack while topping of my water supply again. Headed up Colonel Devin and took the Tunnel Trail to the top of the Rim just as the sun disappeared behind the mountains. Knowing I was going to beat my ride back down at Washington Park TH, I continued on to General Springs to kill some time before making my way back down. All sections are free of snow. Just a few pockets on the North facing slopes near the Tunnel and some on top of the Rim.
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Enough to filter if need be.

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Surprisingly dry.

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This one surprised me by how much water was flowing. Great area to camp as well.

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Decent flow from spring down across the trail.

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Good flow, clear water.

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Good amount of water flowing. Easily filtered.

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Muddy seep.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Poison Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Good amount of water coming from a pipe just under the cement box.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Red Rock Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Spring box was full. Crystal clear water running down across the trail coming from the spring source on a hill just before the box.


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Webber Creek @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow
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AZWanderingBea
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Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking4.37 Miles 1,270 AEG
Hiking4.37 Miles
1,270 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Last day 3 of my 4-day solo camp on the Rim. Link to the camp triplog: http://hikearizona.com...

After packing up camp, I stopped off at the Battle Ground marker and headed down towards the Washington Park trailhead. The upper part of this trail is steep and mostly loose rock. But it gets better quickly. There was a good breeze and some cloud cover, both making this very enjoyable.

Some heavy equipment had used the lower portion of the trail as a route up to a side road. Along the way they'd done some heavy trail maintenance. At least the loose dirt was better than the loose rocks up top. Saw a hiker going up along this part of the trail.

Had a quick snack beside the stream at the lower trailhead. Pretty spot.

Headed uphill and ran into the same hiker as before. He'd been to the top. We chatted for a few moments and I mentioned HAZ. He wasn't aware, but seemed appreciative of the info.

Made better time going up than anticipated. Rain started just as I reached the Jeep. Time to go home, but this was anice leg stretcher before the drive back to the heat of the Valley.
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East Verde River
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pieper Hatchery Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Nice flow.
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nonot
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Railroad Tunnel Trail #390Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2014
nonot
Hiking1.50 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
820 ft AEG
 
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