The Crook Trail was built in the late 1860's to connect Prescott's Fort Whipple with the famous Fort Apache via Fort Verde along The Mighty Mogollon. One of the most "iffy" portions of the trail traversed the chock-a-block Copper Canyon as the military's way in and out of The Verde Valley. Today's I-17 uses the same canyon to carry millions across the face of North Central Arizona. General Crook used the trail that bears his name as a key piece in the complex equation of subjugating thousands of Native Americans who owned Arizona before the real estate developers came along.
Susie's Shuttle Service dropped Wayne and me off at the top of Copper Canyon where big truck drivers take a deep breath before plunging down the scary steep hill into The Verde Valley beyond. Wayne and we bushwhacked, tramped, traversed and rambled for over four hours Friday while we pondered and puzzled our way along this fascinating portion of the Crook Trail. It was a fine first hike with which to begin the New Year 2013. THANKS, WAYNE!
What a fun four hour walkabout, Wayne! THANK YOU!
Naturally Wayne's effusive Inner Geologist pointed out all sorts of interesting stuff.
This is a "bomb" that was buried in the ash and goo on the shoulders of a volcanic vent.
The scale shown was Wayne's first gift to us way back in 1980!