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Rim Vista Loop Day Hike
Mogollon Rim
June 29, 2019
by Ted Tenny
Ted’s   GPS Map 
Bill’s    GPS Map 
group
Trailblazers at the Military Sinkhole Trailhead. [photo by Lin]
front:  Gabrielle, Ted, Bill, Heather, Mimi, Jeanne, Li, Michelle, Bettye, Tom, Robert
back: Michael, Joe, John, Scott, Terry Chuck, Debbie, Chris, Mark, Jim, Becky

The Rim Vista Loop was my first hike with the Motorola Hiking Club, led by club founders Tom and Jeannie Van Lew in 1999. I’ve been back many times since then, and have seen floods, logging, a new road and communications tower, and the trail re-routed around them.

camera
All right, John, you can take a picture. [photo by Tom]

Jeanne and Chuck walked northward with me, down into the Military Sinkhole. General George Crook used the sinkhole to water Army livestock 150 years ago.

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General George Crook used the sinkhole to water Army livestock.
ferns
Where the tall ferns grow.
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More depression contours north of the Military Sinkhole.
hikers
Jeanne and Chuck are great hiking companions!

Sinkholes are formed when the soil dissolves and the ground sinks after a storm. They are shown on topographic maps as depression contours. There’s a second set of depression contours on the trail, north of the Military Sinkhole.

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. “There’s lots of them where you don’t need them,” I remarked as we hiked the western part of the trail, which is well-defined. But once we crossed the road, we sometimes couldn’t see the next marked tree.

pink pink
Hibiscus denudatus - Paleface
wood
Sea creatures?  I don’t think so.
clouds
Clouds are rolling in.

The trail follows the fence line between FR 300 and the dirt road west from Rim Top Trailhead. Strangely, it is marked at the south end but not at the north end. When we crossed FR 300 we were on the Rim Lakes Vista Trail.

A couple years ago they were logging. Then they built the Communications Tower and the road leading to it. Then they re-routed the trail to bypass them.

tower
The new trail doesn’t take you over the edge.
tower
“No trail to the Communications Tower,” I say.
pink
Onobrychis vicifolia - Sainfoin
brown
We deserve a place in the sun!

Folks on the 6-mile hike and 9-mile hike started catching up with us as we approached the Military Sinkhole Trailhead. The 6-mile hikers were done, but the 9-mile hikers still had 3 miles to go.

view
What a great view!
hikers
Chuck and Jeanne explore one of the overlooks.
bridge
Engineering 101: where are the bridge supports?
break
Our longer-distance companions take a snack break.

Jeanne, Chuck, and I had a nice lunch at El Rancho. On our way out, a lady told us the Beeline Highway was closed because of a multiple-car wreck. Police cars heading south as we came in gave her credibility.

So we decided to go home by way of Camp Verde, longer but not closed (ha!). I agreed to drop Chuck off at his house. But Loop 101 was closed at the 51 and restricted to one lane getting there. Major slowdown.

I dropped Chuck off at his house and Jeanne at Target Center. Finally got home (east Mesa) after 6:30.

Ted Tenny  

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hikers
Trailblazers start westward from the Military Sinkhole Trailhead. [photo by Lin]
group
6 and 9-mile hikers on the Mogollon Rim. [photo by Bill]
lizard
This is my home. [photo by John]
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Cirsium arizonicum - Arizona Thistle. [photo by John]
trail
The western part of the Rim Lakes Vista Trail is paved. [photo by Li]
Michael
“This is the way,“ says Michael. [photo by Tom]
tree
Bent, but not broken. [photo by Li]
hikers
Michael leads us eastward along the road. [photo by Lin]
hikers
Hmmm, this seems like the right way. [photo by Lin]
hikers
Yes, I can see a chevron on a tree. [photo by Tom]
view
Many fine overlooks on the Rim Lakes Vista Trail. [photo by Bill]
hikers
Let’s enjoy the view. [photo by Bill]
hikers
Snack break before we get down off the Rim. [photo by Li]
trail
The trail gets steep on the way down. [photo by John]
trailhead
Made it to 260 Trailhead. [photo by John]
outside
A fine meal after the hike. [photo by Tom]
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