Rim Lakes Vista and Old Rim Road Loop

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Sitgreaves National Forest

Rim Lakes Vista and Old Rim Road Loop is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Forest Lakes, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

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forest

partially paved

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wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Heber: Follow State Highway 260 west for 26 miles. The main trailhead is located just west of State Highway 260 along Forest Road 300, immediately across from the Rim Visitor Center.

If you go counter clockwise you are on a boring road for the first half and it’s all pretty flat and your decent is down. If you go clockwise you can get a little more exercise but you ending view is terrible. I would suggest and put and back going clockwise for best view and workout.

The rim trail was beautiful and easy to follow. The second half was on a combo of the old rim road, which was well marked but more like a rock road than trail, and general crook trail, which was more or less unmarked. Overall a great hike with beautiful views

hiking
26 days ago

Enjoyed the trail along the rim section (beautiful views), but was disappointed with the Old Rim Road section. It appears there was a recent fire that burned through this area - definitely not beautiful and limited shade! Recommendation: Stick with the section closest to the rim and then hike onto the Military Sinkhole Trail if you want a longer hike. Return on the same trail vs doing the loop.

recorded Recording - Apr 27, 10:24 AM

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off trail
1 month ago

views

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muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

What a great easy trail! We recorded 4.5 miles and followed the trail other than a short off trail to hike part of the General Crook. At least a dozen vistas the last 1.5 miles for great photo ops or just to take a break.

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

Diverged from the map on the southeast section of the loop but the trail is well marked. Beautiful views of the Rim. Be sure to find #therimswing east of the vista point parking lot.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail wasn’t as nice a ai was expecting. It starts in a carpark and then walks through a forest for a bit, takes a while until you see any of the rim views and these were nice but not amazing. We started with the rim lakes vista portion of the trail as other reviews said the old rim road was a bit boring and just walking along road. After a few miles we encountered a moderately sized snake in the middle of the trail which wouldn’t budge so we turned back, but I think it would have just been more of the same. Didn’t seem like the walk is done much as it was overgrown in parts. When we drove past the military sinkhole parking lot the trail looked nicer there along the rim.

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rocky
10 months ago

beautiful at sunset.

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no shade
Fri May 31 2019

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Fri Apr 19 2019

As the rest of the reviews say the rim lakes vusta is great. Old rim road is..... walking on a road. was still a great hike.

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

We started at the trailhead parking lot and did an out and back along the rim to the Mogollon Campground and back. Making it about an 8.4 mile round trip hike. Beautiful views! Some mud and standing water due to the heavy snow this area received this year at the beginning of the trail. Parts were rocky and the end was paved.

hiking
Sun Jun 17 2018

We decided to start from Military & took the way that leads away from the rim first... thought it would be better to end on the gorgeous side & it didn’t disappoint! The back road is kind of boring and follows the road so it’s more like a leisurely stroll rather than a hike but once you cross rim road and head towards the rim the magic happens! The views are spectacular! It’s amazing just how far you can see from 7500 ft and it was a crisp 65 degrees. The only downside, & why I only gave it 4 stars, is that there are several spots that aren’t marked and the insane amount of deforestation that is occurring. It’s a shame that such a beautiful area is being cut down.

mountain biking
Tue May 23 2017

This is a fun trail to bike, sort of. The first mile and a half or so is hard to find because of nearby clear-cutting, and then once you are hugging the rim, it is clearly visible. But, once you are hugging the rim it is very overgrown and narrow with thorny-bushes, fairly impossible to ride. However, then you hit the paved portion and it becomes great fun, a lot of fast coasting less than ten feet from sure death! If you completely finish the paved section of Rim Lakes Vista, and then backtrack to where you cross Rim Road to connect to General Crook, you can add about 4 miles to the trip. The General Crook portion has nice scenery, in the forest, but the trail is so overgrown and unused, almost completely invisible at times, that riding it is not much fun. But, it runs right next to a nice dirt road, if you want to use that. All in all, fun and a decent workout, but not five stars.

Sun Sep 11 2016

Don't do the loop! The rim lakes vista trail is beautiful. But the general crook trail and the military sinkhole nature trail were very disappointing. On the suggestion of a review I read (on another website) we took the loop counter clockwise starting with the general crook trail. This is more of a dirt road than a trail. It was hot and the was no shade to be has anywhere. The first thing I noticed was that the forest was really thin and ask the tree were marked. Not long later I noticed that trees...a lot of trees...had been cut down. We saw a bulldozer and a tree-cutter parked on the side of the trail. Soon after we came across two huge piles of dead, cut down trees. I go on hikes to get in touch with nature, and this is not what I want to see. 1.8 miles later we took a left onto military sink hole nature trail. At first it wasn't much better. We were still seeing signs of deforestation but as we went on we came across trees that appeared to have fallen naturally. A couple were blocking the trail and we had to climb over them. As the trail descended into the "sinkhole" it started to feel more like a hike. The road (fr 300) came into view as we ascended out of the "hole" and then he came to the truly beautiful part of the hike. We crossed fr 300 to the first of many vistas. Lovely mountain views that seemed to go on forever!!! There is a parking lot here and there were quite a few people hanging out, but this is the only place where we came across anyone. We stopped for a water break and to take pictures. The rest of the hike took twice as long as it should have because I was constantly stopping to take pictures. The views were amazing! There was a storm in the distance just over the rim. It made the temperature drop about 10 degrees and made the view even more amazing! The last mile of the hike we were walking away from the rim and there wasn't much to see but we met a cute little horned lizard. I'm really glad we got the unpleasant part of this loop over with first. If we were to do it again I would forget about the loop and do the rim lakes vista trail out-and-back.

hiking
Sun Mar 06 2016

Great views. A little sloppy at the start but nice overall. Used road for return trip.

Wed Jun 03 2015

Nice easy hike, with great views

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Tue Sep 03 2013

Good short, easy trail with views of the Mogollon Rim.

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