Cabin Loop Trail

Happy Jack, Arizona

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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.
Best Loop Hikes Arizona

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Bruce Grubbs/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Happy Jack
Distance: 21.6
Elevation Gain: 2,940 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 12 hours
Season: May through November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,280 feet
Top Elevation: 7,820 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Mogollon Rim District
Local Maps: USGS Dane Canyon, Blue Ridge Reservoir
Driving Directions: Directions to Cabin Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2008
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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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