Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,441.00 ft (744.02 m)
Trail type
20.00 mi (32.19 km)
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Rock Crossing Campground to General Springs Cabin is a 20-mile out-and-back journey in the Mogollon Rim region of Arizona. This trail takes you through dense forests, along rivers and creeks, and offers stunning vistas across the Rim. This is a moderately rated route with an overall elevation gain of 2,441’ making it an ideal weekend backpacking trip or long distance trail running adventure. 

The route starts at Rock Crossing Campground, located within Coconino National Forest, and follows the Arizona Trail (AZT) south, winding through the forested landscape. The trail features a mix of singletrack and forest roads, with varying elevation gains. Along the way, you’ll cross streams and pass through picturesque meadows, encountering flora such as ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and a variety of wildflowers.

As you progress toward General Springs Cabin, the trail offers opportunities to explore the Mogollon Rim's rugged beauty. Expect to see wildlife like mule deer, elk, and various bird species. The path gradually descends and ascends, providing a moderate challenge while rewarding hikers with peaceful forest scenes and views across the Rim.

General Springs Cabin is a historic site with a rich past, serving as a former ranger station and a key location for firefighting operations. It's a notable destination where you can take a break, explore the cabin's surroundings, and soak in the history of the area.

The return journey follows the same path back to Rock Crossing Campground, offering a chance to retrace your steps through the scenic landscapes and forests. 


Parking at Rock Crossing Campground is typically available near the trailhead. The campground serves as a convenient base camp with facilities like picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. The campground often operates on a first-come, first-served basis, though some sites may be reservable via

Permits are generally not required for day hikes in this area, but if you're planning to camp overnight, you'll need to check with the Coconino National Forest for any necessary backcountry permits or regulations regarding dispersed camping. 


Rock Crossing Campground

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round





Forested shade. Quiet campground. Scenic views of Mogollon Rim.


Some sections may lack variety in the scenery.

Trailhead Elevation

7,353.00 ft (2,241.19 m)

Highest point

7,353.00 ft (2,241.19 m)


Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Historically significant
Geologically significant
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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