Best Loop Hikes Arizona
by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)
© Bruce Grubbs/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This trail is a pretty good, relatively easy two-three day backpack trip. The main problem is the lack of trail blazes. The trail is VERY difficult to find at times and blazes are not fresh nor easy to see. Pay close attention to the directions, do not expect to do this hike without a good map and written directions. The worst part was when you reach the rim at the end of the Houston Brothers trail and the beginning of the Gen. Crook trail. There are little to no trail markings here. Walk down the road (to the right) about 2 tenths of a mile and you will see the trail go up to the left where the road curves. This trail however, the Gen. Crook, was in very poor condition (May 2008). There were many trees down and few markers, it looks as though the trail has been neglected for some time.
We actually just walked along the road at times, it is always right alongside the trail. Also, be careful where the Fred Haught trail turns right, 2.5 miles past General Springs cabin. If you reach a road and a fence you've gone too far.
Overall this was a fun weekend hike. Camping at Dane Canyon was very nice, with a stream and a nice campsite. We also saw a few elk and several deer and one coyote along the way. Just always look for trail blazes or you may waste time backtracking.
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