Verde Rim Trail #161

The views from this long trail are spectacular. Most impressive is the general view of the extremely rugged country extending below the rim to the Verde River. From here you can also see the Mazatzal Mountains to the east, Four Peaks to the south, and the Bradshaw Mountains to the west. Verde Rim Trail #161 is fairly level, traversing along the edge of its namesake landmark for most of its length. The final ascent to Pine Mountain, however, is steep and difficult. As of May 2011, the section of Trail #161 that lies between Willow Springs Trail #12 and Pine Mountain Trail #14 is in good condition. The remainder of the trail, however, is rocky, overgrown, and difficult to find and follow. This is especially true south of Pine Mountain where the trail passes through a burned area.

This trail lies within the Pine Mountain Wilderness. Motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. There is no water at the trailhead or on the trail. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage—please, leave no trace.


Printable Trail Description and Map (701 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Approximately 1.5-2 hours from I-17 via FR 68G; 1 hour from I-17 to Trail #159 via FR 68
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

General Notes:

Beginning at I-17, take Dugas Exit #268. Turn right onto Dugas Road (also FR 68) and travel 6.7 miles to the Dugas homestead. Continue on FR 68 for another 2.3 miles to a fork in the road. Bear right to remain on FR 68 and go 1.8 miles to the junction with FR 68G. Proceed straight at the intersection and take FR 68G east for 10 miles. You will pass Trail #27 on the left before arriving at the trailhead. Parking is poor. FR 68G is suitable for high clearance, 4WD vehicles only and portions may be impassable. FR 68 is graded dirt. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. 4WD may be necessary when the road is wet.

As of May 2011, FR 68G is in poor condition. It is suggested that Trail #161 be accessed via Trail #159. To reach the Trail #159 trailhead, follow the directions above to the intersection with FR 68G. Turn right at this intersection to remain on FR 68 and continue 6.9 miles to Salt Flat Campground and the trailhead for Trail #71 and Trail #159. There is parking for 5-10 vehicles.


Day Hiking

  • This trail traverses the Pine Mountain Wilderness and provides hikers with a unique opportunity for solitude.
Difficulty Level: Moderate


  • This trail connects with several others to provide backpacking opportunities in the Pine Mountain Wilderness.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

  • This trail accesses the Pine Mountain Wilderness and connects with several others to provide opportunities for single or multiple-day rides.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.1 miles

  Elevation : 
6,806 feet