Colonel Devin Trail #290
Colonel Devin Trail is along the Highline Trail, which can be found within the lush Northern Arizona forest. While trekking to the top of this trail, you will be treated with spectacular views, Arizona history, and even a calming creek. This trail leads you up the side of the Mogollon Rim which is located in Payson, Arizona.
To access the Colonel Devin Trailhead, park in the Washington Park Trailhead. There is no fee for parking here, and space shouldn’t be an issue.
To the very left of the parking lot you will find trail information, behind these two signs is where you must begin to access Colonel Devin Trail.
Follow the trail directly behind the Washington Park Trailhead sign.
Be sure to leave your mark!
After hiking for about 1.75 miles you will reach the Railroad Tunnel Trail Loop sign, out of curiosity my mother and I took this path. However, if you would like to continue on the Colonel Devin Trail continue straight.
Fair warning, when reaching the switchbacks DO NOT climb up the path that looks like it will be shorter (when faced with this split go on the less inclined route) this path is very dangerous. Luckily my mother and I made it up safely, but once at the top we could not find a trail which caused slight panic. All in all by taking this “path” we became closer to each other and lucked into stunning Rim views.
By climbing to the highest point on the Mogollon Rim I was able to spot a Rim Road 300, which lead us to the parking area to General Springs Cabin.
This area is filled with Arizona History. The Battle of Big Dry Wash happened here over 130 years ago. General Spring’s Cabin is still standing tall for hikers to explore.
The neat part about General Springs Cabin is that Arizona allows visitors to explore the two room log cabin free of charge!
To find your way back to Washington Park Trailhead, follow the signs leading back to Tunnel Trail. This trail will turn into Colonel Devin Trail.