From the wilderness boundary, the trail climbs steadily to its junction with TR #163 at an elevation of about 3800 feet at Bear Grass Tank. From there, the trail climbs steadily to a mid-slope elevation of about 4500 feet and then contours along the slope overlooking the Verde River and below Cedar Bench. At about mile four, the trail crosses the Cold Water Creek drainage, dropping to about 4200 feet. At about five and a half miles in, the trail begins to climb steeply to Tule Mesa, ending on FR 68G at an elevation of about 6200 feet.
Directions: From Verde, From Verde, take FR 163 south until you reach FR 574. Follow 574 past the Chasm Creek Trailhead until you reach the end of the road. Here you will find the trailhead for Cold Water.
Elevation: 3,000 feet
Ending Elevation: 6,200 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Distance: 5.7 miles
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