General Crook Trail No. 130

  

Update 2016-09-23: Burn operations are planned starting Monday, September 26, 2016. Fire managers will conduct burn operations to establish a perimeter for the Pinchot Fire. During operations, all or part of the Houston Brothers, Fred Haught, and U-Bar trails will be closed. See closure announcement on Inciweb for official forest order and a map.

The current schedule is dependent on the weather and subject to change. Watch Pinchot Fire on Inciweb and follow @CoconinoNF on Twitter for updates on the fire and related closures.

This is a section of the trail which the famous Indian fighter General George Crook blazed from Camp Verde to Fort Apache. See a brief biography of General Crook (PBS.org). Besides being of historic note, the Crook Trail follows one of the more striking geologic features in Arizona, the Mogollon Rim. This 2,000 foot escarpment, named for one of the Spanish colonial governors of New Mexico, forms the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau.

View from the Mogollon Rim looking southThe trail plays tag with the edge of this 400 mile-long cliff and the road that parallels it across the Forest. At a number of places the path crosses the road to hug the rim and offer spectacular views of the state's central mountains and desert. Four Peaks, the Sierra Anchas, and the Mazatzals stand out among the scenery. At night, the lights of Payson wink up from 2,000 feet down and 15 miles away. (Click on "Photos & Multimedia" in the right column for an enlarged view of the photo above and of an interpretive sign explaining the trail's origin. This sign is about 1.5 miles east of Kehl Springs Campground..)

If you would rather not hike the entire 25 mile length of the trail, you can easily retrace just a part of the route. Nearby roads, most notably FR 300, provide easy access to all portions of the trail. Portions of this trail are part of the Cabin Loop Trail system.

Rating: Easy

Hiking time: Up to three days

Notes:

  • No motor vehicles on the trail; they must stay on FR 300

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At a Glance

Open Season: April
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Happy Jack, AZ
Operated By: Mogollon Rim District 928-477-2255

General Information

Directions:

Location: 65 miles (about 2 hours) south of Flagstaff in the cool pines of Mogollon Rim country.

GPS (Map): 34°27'15.4"N 111°22'47.8"W

USGS Maps: Dane Canyon

Access: Drive about 55 miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3. Turn south (right) on AZ 87 and drive 9 miles to FR 300. You'll find a number of access points along this road. FH 3 and AZ 87 are paved. FR 300 is graveled and suitable for passenger vehicles except during winter when it is closed.

 

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Map of General Crook Trail


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