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Control Road Professional Review and Guide
"Control Road follows a loop along the base of the Mogollon (pronounced “muggy-own”) Rim. Most of the trail runs through tall ponderosa pines, which provide shade over a number of campsites. Many small trails crisscross the main trail, giving access to the base of the Mogollon Rim and into the pine forest on the south of the trail. Other side trails lead to hiking trails. Special Attractions: The East Verde River and views of the river valley; Remains of the Crackerjack Mine; Varied vegetation and scenery; Views of the Mazatzal Mountains. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Arizona (Adler Publishing ).
Wouldn't really call this a trail. It is a well maintained dirt road with a 0 difficulty rating. However, there are smaller true trails that branch off from the main road that can be fun and some small rock climbs and even a few muddy areas. Lots of camping locations and although I visited it in winter can imagine that it would be very crowded during peek season. Would suggest combining it with the rim road, but warning rim road was closed this winter due to a small amount of snow.
Nice, easy trail. I can't imagine any passenger vehicle that couldn't drive this dirt/gravel road, though I suppose after heavy rains, etc.
Nice views of pines and still, a good view of the aftermath of forest fires. Though everything we saw was green, it was easy to see where the forest fires from years ago have taken their toll on parts of this trip.
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