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Meadow Trail Loop Day Hike
Mogollon Rim
May 2, 2015
by Ted Tenny
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Jim’s GPS Map
Jim’s Elevation
Ted, Arturo, Rudy, Emma, Biljana, Chuck, Jazmin, Jim, Dave, Tamar, John.

The day was pleasantly cool and cloudy as eleven enlightened Trailblazers set out from Rim Top Trailhead to troop the Meadow Trail Loop. A few wildflowers were blooming along the trail. Although there had been spring rains, we saw only a few wet spots and no pools of water.

Mahonia haematocarpa - Red Barberry
Heliomeris longifolia - Longleaf False Goldeneye
Senecio lemmonii - Lemmon’s Ragwort
Horned toad is well camouflaged.

“It was flooded here one time,” Ted explained as we traversed a basin with depression contours. High and dry today.

Soon we arrived at the first overlook of the Mogollon Rim. The Rim Lakes Vista Trail isn’t aptly named, because you can’t see any lakes from the trail. But it sure has vistas!

O.K., Ted. Here’s the Rim. But where are the lakes?
Trailblazers enjoy one of the many grand overlooks.
John explains it all to Tamar.
Twisty alligator juniper on the Rim.
The trail is paved on the west end, as is the Meadow Trail, which parallels the road to Woods Canyon Lake. We went as far as the General Crook Trail, then turned east.

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. We soon found ourselves in a place where no one could see the next white chevron.

Ted took us east along the road, to the Military Sinkhole Trail crossing. From there we walked north to the junction with the General Crook Trail, where we should have been in the first place.

Pink ribbons adorn a most welcome trail sign.
Devil’s Tower? Nope. This one has me stumped.

The rest of the hike was a pleasant walk in the woods with chevrons tacked to trees to guide us. Clouds filled the sky. A cool breeze refreshed us and smelled like rain, but it never rained.

Jim’s Hike Statistics
Total Distance:7.46miles
Starting Time:9:07AM
Moving Time:3:05hrs:min
Stopped Time:0:33hrs:min
Finishing Time:12:45PM
Avg. Speed Moving:2.4mph
Avg. Speed Overall:2.1mph
Starting Elevation:7,528ft
Minimum Elevation:7,477ft
Maximum Elevation:7,579ft
Total Ascent:228ft
Starting Temperature:70°
Finishing Temperature: 66°

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