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General Crook Trail - 0 to V20, AZ
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General Crook Trail - 0 to V20, AZ 
General Crook Trail - 0 to V20, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking20.58 Miles 3,791 AEG
Hiking20.58 Miles   9 Hrs   1 Min   2.57 mph
3,791 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Our second trip on the General Crook Trail. Last time we started on the Prescott side and hiked in 22 miles to Camp Verde. Today we started at Fort Verde in Camp Verde, and started the climb to the Rim Country.

It has helped for the planning and route finding, that I was able to purchase a copy of an old book. It is the documentation of the Boy Scouts efforts back in 1975-76 to hike, document, and remark the General Crook Trail. (P20-0 and 0-113 [133 Miles]). I have been able to find no information on the trail from Lewis Canyon (South of Pinedale) to Fort Apache.

Neither of us looked forward to the first 5 miles, which is basically a road walk along Rt 260. It got better as we made our turn into the Clear Creek Campground. Lush green trees, running water and Trout in the stream.

A GPS is handy starting at this point, although remnants of the Boy Scouts work still survives. This includes 4 x 4 wooden posts (minus any signage), I believe these were supposed to have been placed at 1 mile intervals. Cairns, caged cairns, and the "V" chevron's become more prevalent. The old roadbed/path is visible off and on.

Until you cross West Clear Creek at about the 6 mile point, the trip has been basically flat. From here though, it's a pretty steady climb until about mile 16.

Nothing overly exciting about this particular hike. Although the views of the Verde Valley were pretty sweet. Thirteen Mile Rock Butte is the main landmark to the east. It seemed to take forever to get there.

I love the history aspect of this hike and knowing how hard it must have been back in the 1870's to clear this.

The weather was perfect, company excellent, and for both Denny and myself, we were able to witness the largest Elk herd either of us has ever seen. At one point there was a line of Elk at least 1/2 mile long. We were estimating aprox 100 in the herd.

A video of the herd and other clips can be found here===> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W63PTdrHok

42 Miles done...
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Thirteenmile Rock Butte

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Muddy tank, with animal noticeable tracks in the area.

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Muddy tank, with animal noticeable tracks in the area.

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Muddy tank, with animal noticeable tracks in the area.
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