General Cook National Recreation Trail

Camp Verde, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 05/29/2021
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 4750 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Camp Verde
Nearest Town w/ Services: Camp Verde
Official Road Name: 136
Management Agency: Prescott National Forest
District: Verde Ranger District
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Highlight: General Cook National Recreation Trail
General Cook National Recreation Trail (FR 136) is part of the Verde Trails system - developed with the help of the Arizona State Parks OHV Recreation Fund - as a multi-use road not just for all kinds of motorized vehicles, but also for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Most of the connecting trails are only meant for ATVs and smaller vehicles, hikers and horseback riders making this a multi-use dirt road roughly parallel to I-17 from Camp Verde at the North to FR 732 / Highway 169 at the south. This is also a popular place for hunting and has a good number of dispersed primitive camping spots.



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1. Northeast Trailhead (0 mi)
This northeastern trailhead that connects with Oasis Rd, is basically a paved road that has been allowed to degrade to a gravel road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.551460, -111.874960

Starting Point: Campe Verde, AZ

From the north you'll enter the trail near the Copper Canyon Trailhead - a hiking and ATV trail found in the southwest part of Camp Verde. Take Highway 260 from I-17 heading east. Turn right onto Oasis Rd. where you'll head down a hill then turn right onto FR 136; just look for the Copper Canyon Trailhead signs. The Copper Canyon Trailhead staging area is only open for daytime use but can be bypassed. From the south, you'll start at I-17 exit 287 (Dewey-Humboldt / Highway 169) which connects you to FR 732 (also marked on some maps as 68D). From FR 732 (which also heads to Squaw Peak, but not the one in Phoenix) you can access a number of dirt roads and ATV trails including FR 136 which is on the left less than a mile east of the freeway.



Trail Reviews (5)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I agree with both Warren Keith and Daniel Kates as this trail is more difficult than review indicates especially between mile 5.2 and 6.1. Traversed it with a 2021 Tacoma Off-Road 4x4 stock model. I needed to use 4 Low and locked rear differential a couple of times. We saw several cattle as well as mule deer so be sure to close the gates you pass thru. Weather was dry but did wet the tires several times crossing Copper creek, would not recommend this trail if raining or threatening rain.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Agree with my colleague Warren Keith on this one. I think it is a more difficult trail than as described. It is a beautiful hidden canyon, but the trail is rutted, rocky and steep in several areas. I absolutely would not take a 2WD drive vehicle up this road even with some clearance. It is also very narrow in many areas and you are guaranteed to get Arizona pinstripes (AKA scratches) across your paint job. It is unavoidable as there are no alternative routes. Most 4WD vehicles should be OK, but a lift and slightly oversized tires would go a long way. A completely stock 4WD (primarily street vehicle) would be better avoiding this trail.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This trail is rated Easy-Moderate. IMHO, this trail should only be run by a vehicle with 4WD, 2.5" lift and 31s. I ran it NE-SW in a Jeep Rubicon with 4" and 35s but still used 4 low and rear lockers on the steep, slow, rocky climb out (mile 5.6 - 6.2). A 2WD vehicle would have a very difficult time with this trail even with clearance, due to large loose rocks and washouts that require accurate wheel placement and 4WD to negotiate at low speed. It was dry today, but would definitely be a thrill when wet!

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Nice relatively easy trail through some interesting and varied terrain. First off, it's called the General Crook trail, and we started on the southside by Flower Pot Ranch in a stock JLU. The first part of the trail was rocky, and some of the descents into the canyon required a spotter, but well worth it. There are wild raspberries and grapes inside the canyon. It was mostly dry when we went, only saw mud when you cross through the creek. The I-17 is above the trail most of the time, so you can hear highway noise. Gorgeous areas to camp, but the highway noise is a factor. We came out on the Camp Verde side, got some lunch in town, and then spent the rest of the afternoon at the BullPen swimming hole which is only a few miles down the highway from here.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The trail was fairly dry for most of the run, but still had some unavoidable mud. Some of it was obviously from the recent rain storms, while others are part of Copper Creek runoff. Some parts of the trail are slightly more eroded and if allowed to continue will likely make for some more challenging four-wheel drive off-road fun; especially on the big hill that is getting looser and rockier. I also had to move a few Prickly Pare Cacti out of the way to avoid driving over them. They seem to line the side of the skinny long hill, leaving you with not choice but to go over the larger of the loose rocks. Splashing through the water and mud was lots of fun, but spraying it out of the fenders and wheel wells was not.

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