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General Crook Trail - V61 - V80, AZ
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General Crook Trail - V61 - V80, AZ 
General Crook Trail - V61 - V80, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking22.19 Miles 962 AEG
Hiking22.19 Miles   8 Hrs   57 Mns   2.82 mph
962 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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To date we have completed the trail from its current start, 6 miles east of Dewey, through Camp Verde, up the hill to FR300, across the Mogollon Rim, and just east of Forrest Lakes. This is a bit more than 110 miles and 12,500' of AEG.

Another near perfect day for hiking. Temps started in the high 50's and got no higher than the 70's. A majority of this hike meandered under tree cover and through grassy meadows. This was without a doubt, the easiest section we've had to follow. The trail was well worn and well marked in most places, with two exceptions.

:next: The First was just past Mile Marker V71 at FR300. The trail went away, but we were able to find the old road bed and followed it to the Rim Visitor Center.
We learned that in this section, closer to the SR260/FR300 intersection, that the trail was marked with 2 different color "V's" in places. Cream indicates the Original Trail route (Which we've been following, and Orange, indicated the "Preferred" Hiking Route. Cream is of course our choice

:next: The Second was climbing past Mile Marker V75, close to SR260, all markings went away. After 30 minutes of circling, Denny spotted a marker back in the woods.

Notable Items.

The Promontory "V" Tree 63 - This tree is actually located at V62.

Promontory Lookout - It was locked up tighter than a drum.

Hole-in-Ground - At about 64.5, is a sink hole a couple hundred yards around and about 80' deep.

Obvious Wagon Wheel Grooves - Most notable around V70.

2.5'w x 5'T x 6'd Traps - We found these in 3 location about 2 miles apart. More than likely they were Bear Traps.

Our 3rd Grave - Headstone says "Al Fulton - Shot 1901". Conflicting stories, the first was he was shot as part of the Pleasant Valley War in 1901. The original headstone said Murdered 1888. The second story is that he was one of three that were hung (A bit farther up the trail, and moved here). FYI...As you drive uphill on the 260, the point off to the right from the Rim Visitor Center at FR300 is "Al Fulton Point"

Jacob's Well - located around 75-3/4, is another interesting sink hole.

Another insulator - (Aprox V76) From the original Telegraph that interconnected Ft Whipple, Fort Verde and Fort Apache.

Thanks turtle for another excellent adventure and another GC section completed! Good times my friend.....
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A steep climb down, you could find some water here

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I'm sure if you really needed somw water, you could find some in this grassy, marshy area.

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Grassy marshy area probably has water if you look hard enough
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