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Col. Devin Trail Day Hike
Mogollon Rim
August 7, 2021
by Chris Everett
group
Trailblazers at the bridge. [photo by Mona]
left front:  Gail, Terry, Carolyn, Mona, Michael, Carl
right back: Tery, Cindy, Chris, Tom
group
We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
left front: Gail, Terry, Carolyn, Michael, Carl
center: Chris and Tom (hiding in the back)
right back:  Chris, Terry, Cindy

We started at the Target where we all met. We drove up to Payson to the McDonald’s.

Then we drove up to the trailhead down a long dirt road. We decided to hike to the top and do the Railroad Tunnel on the way down. There was 11 of us brave hikers, starting on this short but fairly steep trail.

The trail gained over 2000 ft elevation in 3 miles. It was well marked and was in good shape. We all met up at General Springs Cabin. This cabin was built in 1918 and is in good shape. It was a deluxe 1-bedroom cabin.

We ate lunch at the cabin. It was nice and shaded at the top.

cabin
“Luxury living, off the grid,” Cindy tells Tom.
hikers
Hmmm, this looks interesting, Carl and Terry.
hikers
Carl and Mona check this out.
Carolyn
Carolyn bets they have cell phone service.

After lunch we started back down to the side trail go to the train tunnel. When we got to the side trail, it was a very steep and more difficult trail to the tunnel. We finally go the tunnel and it was also a very nicely shaded area, which we all enjoyed another well-deserved break.

The tunnel never made it through to anywhere. After we got done enjoying the tunnel, we proceeded down the trail back to the vehicles. For such a beautiful place, no one took very many pictures.

hikers
Terry and Gail enjoy a snack.
Tery
Tery
Cindy
Cindy
Mona
Mona
Carl
Carl
Chris
Chris
tunnel
That is some railroad tunnel! [photo by Carolyn]
tunnel
There’s light at the end of the tunnel. [photo by Carolyn]
ruins
All that’s left.

We decided to eat in Payson. We stopped at Macky’s Grill, and the food was great.

The hike was 6.0 miles with a elevation gain of 2200 feet.
Everyone seemed to really enjoy this hike!

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updated August 9, 2021