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General Crook V107 - V114 East End Loop, AZ
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General Crook V107 - V114 East End Loop, AZ 
General Crook V107 - V114 East End Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking16.80 Miles 1,131 AEG
Hiking16.80 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   2.75 mph
1,131 ft AEG      40 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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We did not get to complete the General Crook trail last year before it got too cold and the snow started flying. Tortoises do not like the cold.

On this Mid-March hike, at 8 in the morning, there was frost on the grass and temps were in the mid 30's. Usually that's not too bad, but with the winds blowing in the mid 20's mph. It was a tad "Brisk" at times.

We picked up the trail and were off like a heard of turtles. Right away it was obvious that Denny had the Eagle Eye going today. Spotting chevrons, critters, and the remains of an old car.
Only a few areas today that were of minor concerns for route finding.

The Williams Ranch area has a 10' tall Elk Fences around it. There are quite a few buildings scattered across all the acreage. This is one of the oldest ranches in the area. The General Crook Trail used to go directly through it, but now bypasses it for a ways following the west, then the north fence line.

Finishing the General Crook at the Cottonwood TH was to say the least, a bit disappointing. There was no indication whatsoever that this was the General Crook Trail, nor all or any of the history surrounding it. Since we only needed 7 miles to complete the Crook, I turned this into a loop so we only had to take one car.

Fauna spotted on this day: 2 Elk herds (20+ total Elk), 7 Mule Deer, Coyote, 12 Turkeys, numerous Red Tailed Hawks, American Kestrel, Stellar Jays, Mountain Bluebirds, Wood Peckers.

The Boy Scouts did a great job back in 1976 hiking and marking this trail as part of their Bi-Centennial project. Without this effort, it would not have been possible for us to hike it. The trail is is a bit hard to follow in spots, Some spots are marked better than others.

We've really enjoyed our General Crook adventure and are sorry to see that it's over. Denny was my Hiking Buddy on the entire length of this trail. We started 1 day short of 13 months ago and covered a total of 144 Miles and 10,750 in AEG in 7 hikes. (Trails #64, #130, #140)

Thanks for joining me on this adventure Turtle! Good Times :y:
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American Kestrel

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Muddy, lots of tracks, Yuck

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Grover Spring Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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