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General Crook - V39 - V61, AZ
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General Crook - V39 - V61, AZ 
General Crook - V39 - V61, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking27.85 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking27.85 Miles   11 Hrs   43 Mns   2.72 mph
3,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
For me and 3D, our fourth Trip working on the entire length of the General Crook trail from West to East.
97.5 miles completed, 65+ to go (including the Connector Trail).

This section was to be from Kehl CG, to Promontory Butte. I had low hopes for this section, but was pleasantly surprised. I had visions of lots of road walking and log hopping. There was some of both, not not anywhere near as much as feared. The road walking ended up being a blessing at the end due to
(1) Darkness, (2) all I had was my prescription sun glasses,(3) Denny's headlamp was not working.

We also had a 50% chance of rain up on the rim. Lucked out again only getting 20 minutes of medium rain and lightning, and a bit of a mist to end the day/night.

Temps also cooperated, starting at 70, getting to a high of 78 and dropping to 59 by the time we finished.

Half the fun on this General Crook trail, is the history of the Rim and discovering it along the way.
We were lucky enough to find
:next: 11 of the markers the Boy Scouts placed back in 1976, http://hikearizona.com/photo=360009.

:next: Remnants in four places of the old telegraph that went between Ft Whipple, Ft Verde, and Ft Apache, http://hikearizona.com/photo=360011.

:next: The Grave of an old Trapper, http://hikearizona.com/photo=360015,

:next: An old car at the bottom of the Rim http://hikearizona.com/photo=360002,

:next: The original spring box at the General Springs area http://hikearizona.com/photo=360008

We saw around 20 Elk along the way, with some pretty impressive Racks.

For the most part, we were in and out of wooded areas, sometimes close to FR300, but you could not tell it was so quiet up there. Rim views are to die for. Wish we had more time to do some exploring. Lots-o-places right on the Rim to check out. Denny and I have some ideas for the further exploration.

Up at 4am, home at 11pm.... another long and enjoyable day on the trail.

Thanks for another excellent hike Dennis.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dude Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
Muddy pooled in areas. Signs of animal traffic to the water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max General Springs Dripping Dripping
Pooled water south of the cabin. Could be accumulated from recent rains.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horseshoe Lake 26-50% full 26-50% full
Water in the middle of this marshy area

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lake Number Four 1-25% full 1-25% full
Muddy pooled in areas. Signs of animal traffic to the water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lake Number Four 1-25% full 1-25% full
Muddy pooled in areas. Signs of animal traffic to the water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Myrtle Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
Muddy pooled in areas. Signs of animal traffic to the water.
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