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Juniper Ridge Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,380 feet
Elevation Gain 313 feet
Accumulated Gain 472 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.36
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Juniper Ridge LO/ Limestone ridge LO loop
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Los Caballos Trail #638
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15  2014-08-19
General Crook Connector / Juniper Ridge LO
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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The area to the west of the campgrounds was badly burnt in 2002 and it had not recovered as of 2012. The area north of Old Hwy-260 was also badly burnt; the trailhead has been moved to its current position. This path passes stands of Ponderosa pines, pinyon & juniper woodlands, and several varieties of cactus.


The trail from the north trailhead is one mile long. The loop from the west trailhead is 4 miles long.

The elevation of the trail varies from 6,400' to 6,500'.


NameLat & Lon
TH Juniper West in Lewis Canyon CampgroundsN34 16.966' W110 14.594'
Trailhead Juniper Ridge NorthN34 15.763' W110 05.985'
The GateN34 16.295' W110 13.903'
Pottery shardsN34 16.776' W110 14.544'
Lost the trailN34 16.266' W110 13.684'


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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Juniper Ridge Loop
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    General Crook Connector / Juniper Ridge LO
    This was the bizarro weather day!

    I'm used to leaving PHX in the sun/heat. Then when arriving in rim country, it would rain from noon till I left.This time it was pouring rain when I got to Ord. In fact there was fog on the beeline. It poured to about Heber. The rain stopped and I saw some blue in the clouds.
    On the way home there was clear skies all way till I got to Mt. Ord.

    Now the hike!

    "A tale of two trails"

    Since its close to a 3 hour drive to the Lewis Canyon TH, I wanted to squeeze out as much hiking as I could. So I planned on doing the General Crook Connector/Cottonwood trail and the Juniper Ridge trail. Both start at the same place.

    General Crook Connector
    This trail been a mystery for me since I finished the General Crook trail. Last year I tried to find where it the Gen Crook ended, but I couldn't. I had the route in the GPS, but there was no trail.

    This time I started at the other end by Pinedale. I got the campground and found the trail-head. There was a really nice trail map sign.I would say it was the nicest map I've ever seen. There are pegs in it representing the trail markers.

    The hike out was nice. There was a light rain through the day. Only 3 times it rained so hard that I had to put my rain jacket on. After 6 miles, the Gen Crook Connection trail ended and the Cottonwood wash trail started. I saw 2 Gen Crook Chevron on 2 trees :? ! I thought Bruce was playing a joke on me :) . I think that the cottonwood trail might have been part of the Gen Crook trail at one time. This would explain why the Gen Crook connector trail doesn’t actually connect to the Gen Crook trail.
    The cottonwood trail by Bald / Butler points was steep and loose. The rain made it slick and I fell down once. The trail markers dumped me into the Cottonwood wash. This brought back memories of last year when I went the Cottonwood wash lookin’ for trail. It started to pour and the road/wash started to fill up with water. I saw the BBQ that I went past year and decided enough. I was concerned if it keep raining the wash would fill up and plus I had my mind set on going to the Juniper Ridge look out. I turned around. On the way back I avoided the slick trail by the Bald / Butler points by going around it on forest road.

    Juniper Ridge Lookout

    I got to the campground a little before 6 and was determined to hit the LO before dark. The Juniper Ridge trail has 2 loops within it. There’s a short and long loop. Then there's a LO connector. Due to daylight, I took the shortest route to the LO. The trail hops road to road and the last 1.5 miles is trail. The trail is super easy to follow. There are trail markers everywhere. I got to the LO just as it turned dark and got some pictures in. You can see the Show Low city lights from the LO. After the sun dropped, the stars came out and a bitter cold wild started to blow. I had to put on two jackets for return trip. The hike back in the dark was a blast. The trail markers light up from a far distance. I flew down the trail JJ style! It think it was easier hiking the Juniper Ridge trail in the dark. When I got to the Jeep, the temps dropped down to 52!


    It was a really fun hike. On the drive up, I was doubtful if I wanted to hike in a rain storm. Most of the hike had no shade, so the
    clouds /rain made the hike enjoyable (minus the slippery mud).

    So my motto for the hike was "When given lemons, make lemonade". My wife would say that I'm just too stubborn.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Show Low drive west on 260; turn onto Pinedale Road; drive south past the small community to a Y in the road. The north trailhead: take a left turn onto Old Hwy-260, the parking lot is on the right. To access the west trailhead: go straight ahead to the Lewis Canyon Group Campgrounds. After checking in with the campground host and drive midway around the outer loop to the small parking lot, the trailhead is on the right.
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