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Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole, AZ
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Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole, AZ 
Highline - Woods - Crook - Rim - Sinkhole, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.43 Miles 2,144 AEG
Hiking18.43 Miles   8 Hrs   21 Mns   2.49 mph
2,144 ft AEG      57 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I've done variations of this loop in the past. You can make it as little as 12 miles or stretch it out with the big boys.

Highline Trail #31 - Starting about 8am from the 260 TH, we were the 4th vehicle in the lot. I enjoy this stretch of the Highline. Mostly tree covered as is rollercoasters over almost 4-1/2 miles to the Drew Trail. There are great views to the Rim.

Drew Trail #291 - This is a steady climb on a mostly tree covered trail. You gain 800' in a mile. There is a nice break spot at the top to dry off.

Aspen Trail #411 - This winds through the Carr Lake Campground before meeting up with the General Crook #140 for a bit. Mostly flat to rolling terrain.

From here we headed on an easy off trail, down Woods Canyon, west to east.

Woods Canyon Lake Trail - We meet up with the trail on the west end of the lake. There were plenty of people enjoying the day on the lake and on the trail here. We opted for the use trail that skirts the lake vs. the official trail.

At the dam, we continued down canyon for another 2 miles before jumping out to an unnamed canyon. From here cross country'd it, to meet up with the General Crook trail again

Rim Lakes Vista Trail #622 - Some parts of this heading south right off of FR300 are hard to follow because of recent logging. When you first reach the rim, there is a brand new cell tower. The trail along the rim has some top notch views. This a a great Rim Sampler trail for introducing out of town guests or casual hikers to the othe Arizona.

Military Sinkhole #179 - Heading off the rim and back to the 260 TH there was 2.25 miles remaining, starting as an old road, it turns off and on to a single track. It takes you through old growth pines and even a few stands of maples.

Over all excellent weather. There was a 60% chance of showers on the day and bringing the rain gear and umbrellas paid off as insurance. No rain ever got close.



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