Rim Vista Loop; Mogollon Rim, May 17, 2018 GPS Map

Thought I was going to do the same as my very first hike with the Motorola Hiking Club on July 3, 1999. That hike was led by club founders Tom and Jeannie Van Lew. They had camped at the Rim Campground, but I started from Rim Top Trailhead, then as now. After the hike they invited all of us over for a picnic lunch at their cabin in the woods at Forest Lakes.

In 2018 it isn’t the same. Part of the Rim Lakes Vista Trail is now a road, leading to a new communications tower. The rest of the trail is mostly as before, but with very few flowers this time. We had the driest winter I can remember.

There were a half dozen other cars at Rim Top Trailhead, but strangely, I had the trails to myself on such a fine morning.

Thanks to my daughter Clara for going to Payson with me and then driving me home.


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They started to mark the Rim Lakes Vista Trail with blue diamonds, but ran out of them.
trail
Part of the trail is now a road to a new communications tower on the south end.
view
After all that logging, they didn’t take me.
step
You must see my new dance step.
push
Push!  Let’s get above the ground.
bug
No, I won’t bug you.
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I love three eyes.
overlook
The trail passes by many scenic overlooks.
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Military Sinkhole overlook.
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Watch your step at the Military Sinkhole overlook.
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The Military Sinkhole was once used for watering Army livestock.
log
Well blow me down.  But the wind already did.
leaves
Leaves backlit by the sun.
rock
Colorful rocks by the trail.
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Erigeron divergens - Spreading Fleabane.
glass
Well insulated.
holes
The insects around here are boring.
fence
These aspens are fenced off for their own protection.
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Yellow chevrons mark the historic General Crook Trail.
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White chevrons mark the rerouted General Crook Trail.

  More Hike Pictures updated May 17, 2018