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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. 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 reasonably level, traversing along the edge of its namesake landmark for most of its length. The final ascent to Pine Mountain, however, is steep and rugged.
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. However, the remainder of the trail 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.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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