There have been a few fires since I last visited here, including the nearby Wagon Wheel fire – so I cannot guarantee how much of the specific topography is still accurate.
I started two separate hikes from the Washington Park trailhead, smack in the middle of the Mogollon Rim: the Col. Devlin/RR Tunnel trail and then the Highline Trail west to Camp Geronimo.
Stats given below reflect both hikes combined.
START TIME: 11:40 am
END TIME: 7:25 pm
TOTAL ACTUAL MILES: 13.2
My mother helped me set up the car shuttle for this, which was a blessing and a curse. My mother is not a morning person, so an early start was never a possibility.
There a part in the intro of the book where I talk about her dropping me off at a trailhead: this hike.
Ben had been invited to go, but was pouting for some reason, and missed out on one of the cooler trails – at least from an 11 year old perspective. So let that be a lesson for the young readers.
Col Devlin was one of the shorter hikes in the book, but contained a serious grade. I still got lost. The note at the end about not following the goat-trails around the ledge: GAFDE.
One of my sources for the history of the Railroad Tunnel: http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/MountainRecreation/NaturalLandmarks/MogollonRim/tabid/232/Default.aspx
And the Sharlot Hall museum provided good source material on Col. Devin.
I personally believe that the Highline Trail, as a multi-day through hike is over-rated. You beat up your knees for not much variation in scenery. The Highline was built for horses. You’re better off on top of the Rim on the General Crook trail.
I was very grateful for the one flowing stream in the middle of the hike.
There was a lot of fire damage when I hiked through,and now there is even more. Better views. Less shade. How long until the whole Rim is naked?
Followed the last of the switchbacks in the last of the daylight, but didn’t need to pull y flashlight out of the bag.
Don’t try both of these on the same day unless you’re very hardcore (or behind deadline).