On May 31, 2018, Red Rock Ranger District Ranger, Nicole Brinton, issued a Decision Memo adding approximately 34 miles of trail to the National Forest system in four areas of the Red Rock Ranger District:
1. Western Gateway Trails with Girdner Trailhead (see map below)
2. Village of Oak Creek Trails - including the adoption of Transept Trail, connecting HiLine Trail to Verde Valley School Rd and reconstruction and re-alignment of Dairy Spring and Pine Valley trails east of Big Park Loop Trail and north of Jacks Canyon Rd.
3. Camp Verde Trails - construction of non-motorized trails to be accessed from the Town of Camp Verde's future sports complex park on Hwy 260 and McCracken Lane, adjacent to the town's water treatment facility.
4. Thunder Mountain - naturalize user-created routes in the upper headwaters of Carol Canyon south of Capitol Butte.
Today's decision memo is the culmination of efforts that begin in October 2013 and will result in 17 miles of new trail construction, 17.1 miles of user-created adoption, 6.9 miles of system reroutes, 13.5 miles of user-created naturalization and 4.8 miles of system trail naturalization. The trails will be added to the Forest Service trail system and managed as Class 3 trails per the Forest Service National Trails Classification System. This means that traffic flow will be single lane managed to maintain "a narrow tread with a rugged character, with plants brushed narrow to reduce speeds of bikers." Phased implementation is planned to occur over a three year period.
All trails will be closed to motorized use and open to foot, bike and horse traffic with the exception of the Transept Trail will be closed to equestrian use to prevent user conflicts and to improve safety in areas of slick rock and cliff.
For full details to include maps, please click on the below Decision Memo Link.