Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meadow Trail Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : May 2, 2015
where Sitgreaves National Forest
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 parallels a road until we turn east on the General Crook Trail and leave all signs of civilization.
    The General Crook Trail is marked with chevrons tacked to trees – yellow near Rim Top Trailhead where it follows the historical route, and white where the hiking trail has been rerouted. The trail is distinct in a few places. But mostly it is a walk in the woods with chevrons to guide you. In places where you can’t see the next marked tree, just keep going in the same general direction and eventually you’ll see one. Some of the marked trees have fallen down.
distance 7 miles
time 4-5 hours, with stops to see the many overlooks and flowers.
EC +-300' elevation change
elevations 7519' (Mogollon Rim) to 7588' (trail junction)
type loop
starting at
Rim Top Trailhead 34° 18.333' N,  110° 53.806' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Rim Lakes Vista, Meadow, and General Crook Trails
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Heber
meet 7:00 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the northwest curb away from Starbuck’s.
•  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 the hike begins.

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