|when||Saturday, August 7, 2021|
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
• Small flashlight
|distance||6.0 miles in & out (5 if you do not do the Tunnel Trail)|
|EC||+-2280' elevation change|
|elevations||5,840' (Washington Park) to 7,240' (Mogollon Rim)|
|on trail||100% — Col. Devin Trail|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|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.|
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