Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meadow-Sinkhole Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : September 19, 2020
where Mogollon Rim
the hike     Beat the heat! Enjoy a cool walk in the woods and along the edge of the Mogollon Rim. The Rim Lakes Vista Trail has many outstanding overlooks. The Meadow Trail and the General Crook Trail parallel roads until we turn south on the Military Sinkhole Trail.
    Those preferring a longer hike can do the eastern part of the Rim Lakes Vista Trail and continue to 260 Trailhead with deputy leader Michael Humphrey.
    The historic General Crook Trail is marked with yellow chevrons tacked to some of the trees, and the re-routed General Crook Trail is marked with white chevrons. Once you cross the road, you sometimes can’t see the next marked tree. Just keep going in the same direction and remember that the trail is never far from the the road.
    The eastern part of the Rim Lakes Vista Trail has been re-routed so it doesn’t go near the communications tower or the road leading to it. The trail now takes an easterly route and connects with the original trail farther north.
distance 4 miles (short) or 6 miles (long)
time 3-5 hours
EC +-300' elevation change
elevations 7519' (Mogollon Rim) to 7588' (trail junction)
type loop or one-way
starting at
Military Sinkhole Trailhead 34° 18.541' N,  119° 55.515' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Rim Lakes Vista, Meadow, Military Sinkhole, and General Crook Trails
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Heber
meet 8:00 AM at the Rim Top Trailhead.
•  Take the Beeline Highway (Arizona 87) north to Payson.
Turn right and go east on Arizona 260.
Drive east 29 miles, past Kohls Ranch to the top of the Mogollon Rim.
Take the first left turn, on FR 300.
Go west a quarter mile to Rim Top Trailhead, where we’ll meet.

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