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General Crook Trail - P20 to 0, AZ
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General Crook Trail - P20 to 0, AZ 
General Crook Trail - P20 to 0, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking23.51 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking23.51 Miles   8 Hrs   53 Mns   2.96 mph
1,601 ft AEG      56 Mns Break17 LBS Pack
 
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The original General Crook Trail started in Prescott at Fort Whipple (Currently the site of the VA Hospital). It provided a route to Fort Verde and then up the Rim and ultimately to Fort Apache.

I've been looking at, reading up about, and drawing routes for the General Crook trail for over a year.

This hike starts at the Westernmost part as indicated on the Topo Maps at P21. P21 indicates mileage to Campe Verde from the Prescott Side. Subsequent hikes, leaving Camp Verde will indicate the distance from Camp Verde as V2, V3, all the way to V113.

3D Denny also enjoys the History associated with these trails, so he's my partner on this and hopefully future hikes on the GC Trail. We had the shuttle set up in Campe Verde and were back to the TH to get this party started by 7:15. I'd seen pictures of a large General Crook TH sign at the place we were starting, but it no longer exists. Existing is a spot for maybe 2 cars.

The area west of I-17, is mainly rolling hills, scrub brush to begin mixed in with some grassy areas. It's not an Oooh and Aaah area, but very pleasant. We passed over numerous small creeks that were flowing, and found our way to the old stone corral area.

Two large Stone corrals were present. Little is known on this site, but it is believed to be a place where travelers on the General Crook Trail back in the late 1800's, stopped, bartered, and watered their horses. There is supposed to be a foundation of a building in the area. We never saw it.

The trail crosses south over 169. During this time you are on paths, old jeep roads. The Boy Scouts in 1975-76 Cairned the route pretty well and at one time had 4x4 wooden posts as mileage markers. The 4x4s are mainly gone now, but can be seen in spots. Those cairnes go all the way over to the Copper Canyon area on the other side of I-17.

The trail has changed some since the Boy Scouts went through. We had to route south around the Grey Wolf Plant area. We found Cairnes for part of the re-route, then lost them.

We had lunch up by the Bates Windmill and rested our bones a bit.

This next section I was interested in doing. This is the Copper Canyon area. When you are heading north on I-17, and you are making the drop into Camp Verde, this is the area just to the east and straight down below. We saw some bikers, Quads and lots-o-cows. A real pretty area.

The rest was just a walk to Fort Verde State Park to retrieve the Shuttle Vehicle.

Thanks for joining me 3D Denny. 6 or 7 more trips and we should have it done.
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