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Verde River Trail from Twin Buttes Professional Review and Guide
"This hike follows the northern third of Verde River Trail down the well-named Hardscrabble Mesa and into the Mazatzal Wilderness. It then follows Road Mesa down, crosses a drainage, and climbs up and over Cedar Bench before finally descending toward the Verde River near its confluence with Fossil Creek. A mile from the river, the trail forks, giving a near-even choice of camping on the banks of the Verde River or those of Fossil Creek. Don't be fooled by the latitude; this is a very tough hike in the summer heat. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Wildlife, isolation, scene overlooks of several canyons, choice of two riverbanks to camp at."
--Tony Padegimas, Day and Overnight Hikes in Tonto National Forest (Menasha Ridge Press).
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