Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Col. Devin Trail Day Hike
when Saturday, August 7, 2021
where Mogollon Rim
the hike     We have done this hike a number of times over the years. This is almost a "C" hike with a slow uphill for the first 1.9 miles of the trail. The first 1.9 miles does 2,000 foot of elevation. The trail then makes a quick and hard uphill to get to the top of the Rim. This is one of the most spectacular hikes in Arizona’s Rim Country. From the top you can see over the Verde River Valley.
    From Washington Park we take a short trail to the Highline trail, where we pick up the Colonel Devin Trail. The Colonel Devin Trail follows a pipeline all the way. The trail is wide and easy to follow. It goes through a nice fir and pine forest for its complete distance. There are a few small creeks to jump over, but that is not a problem. We will cross the rim road at the top and see the Battle of Big Dry Wash historical marker, then continue on the trail to General Springs Cabin & spring.
    Stop for a rest and lunch break at the General Springs Cabin & spring. After lunch we will hike back down and take the Tunnel spur trail to the old railroad tunnel. The group spreads out on the way up, so the way down is the best time to get everyone on an unmarked spur trail. The Tunnel Trail leads to what remains of the failed attempt to build a 3,100 foot tunnel through the Mogollon Rim for carrying ore from Globe to Flagstaff. After we inspect the tunnel, we will return to the cars and have lunch/dinner in Payson.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Small flashlight
distance 6.0 miles in & out (5 if you do not do the Tunnel Trail)
time 5-6 hours
EC +-2280' elevation change
elevations 5,840' (Washington Park) to 7,240' (Mogollon Rim)
type round trip
starting at
Washington Park Trailhead 34° 25.850' N,  111° 15.650' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Col. Devin Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Payson
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 6:00 AM in the parking lot of Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the northernmost curb facing Shea Blvd. opposite the Target store.
•  Take Highway 87 north to Payson. We’ll make the usual MacDonald’s stop in Payson for restroom breaks and any last-minute breakfasts (to go).
From Payson drive about 7 miles north on Highway 87 to FR 199 (Control Rd).
Turn east on FR 199 and travel 10.3 miles to FR 64.
Turn west on FR 64 and travel 0.7 miles to FR 32.
Turn north on FR 32 and travel 3.3 miles to FR 32A.
The trailhead is 2 miles north on FR 32A to Washington Park Trailhead. Facilities are limited to a corral. FR 32A is not recommended for low clearance vehicles.

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