Cabin Loop Trail

Happy Jack, Arizona 86024

Cabin Loop Trail

Cabin Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This loop on the pine-, fir-, and aspen-forested ridges and through deep canyons north of the Mogollon Rim, uses the recently rediscovered historic General Crook, Houston Brothers, Barbershop, U Bar, Fred Haught, and Arizona Trails to wind past three historic cabins.

Camping is plentiful on the broad ridges between canyons on this loop, as well as in some of the canyons. General Springs Cabin at the trailhead is the first of the three historic cabins on the loop. These cabins were built as fire guard stations in the days when access to the forested backcountry was by pack animal and trail. An extensive road system has eliminated the need for local fire guards. All three cabins have been restored as historic sites."

More Cabin Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A loop hike on a series of historic trails that connect several historic cabins south of the Mogollon Rim. The entire loop makes an enjoyable backpack trip, or you can do shorter segments as day hikes.

Dane Canyon has a permanent stream and offers plentiful campsites on grassy meadows. A lush forest of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine covers the canyon walls, spiced by an occasional aspen, limber pine, or white fir."

Cabin Loop Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Happy Jack
Nearby City
2,940 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
12 hours
May through November
7,280 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,820 feet
Top Elevation
Coconino National Forest, Mogollon Rim District
Local Contacts
USGS Dane Canyon, Blue Ridge Reservoir
Local Maps

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Oct 2018