Rim Lakes Vista Trail to General Crook Trail Loop

MODERATE 13 reviews

Rim Lakes Vista Trail to General Crook Trail Loop is a 4.1 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
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
160 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

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.

16 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

walking
9 months ago

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sunday, September 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
Sunday, March 06, 2016

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

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Nice easy hike, with great views

hiking
Monday, August 25, 2014

hiking
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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