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Rug Road to Turkey Creek

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This last weekend a few of us went out on a camping/4WD trip out to Rug Road. This is a ROUGH and TOUGH 4WD road between Copper Creek (Mammoth) and Klondike, Arizona. It's called Rug Road because of Carpet Hill. A rancher put down remnants of carpeting along a steep and long section of the road to help keep it from eroding and help with traction to try and get his 2WD truck up the hill. I can't even imagine it. You need a high-clearance 4WD with a locker if you're going up there now days. This road leads to the Table Top Mine, Parson's Groove and eventually dumps you out at Turkey Creek where you'll find some nice Indian ruins. Here's some pictures from our trip. Here's the detailed information with directions, history, video,etc from my site (from older visits):

 

http://www.experience-az.com/adventures/4wd/rugroad/rugroad.html

 

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Rug Road

 

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The start of Carpet Hill

 

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At the saddle

 

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Walking the trail just before sunset

 

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A "butt-cleancher" - my left tire is about 1 foot away from a 25 foot deep ravine

 

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Coming down Rug Road

 

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Going up one of the many, many ledges

 

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The Jeeps taking a well-deserved rest in Turkey Creek

 

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Getting the dust off

 

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Performing a cactus spine surgery on Maxine

 

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The saddle

 

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The Saddle

 

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"Nope, nothing in the safe at Table Top Mine"

 

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Cat-dog exploring Table Top Mine

 

 

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The boilers

 

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Cool stuff

 

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Me, on top of the boilers

 

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nice views

 

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Canyons near Turkey Creek

 

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Tree at Parson's Grove at dusk

 

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Parson's Grove

 

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Camp fire at Parson's Grove

 

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Jeep

 

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Cat-dog in a tree (more cat than dog?)

 

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Up and over

 

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Jeep and Rock

 

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Coming down toward the canyons

 

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At the saddle

 

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Picking up trash

 

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Jeep and cactus

 

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"Are you coming?"

 

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Me and the pup

 

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"I want to go back this way!"

 

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Cat-dog asleep on the way home after an exhausting two days (which is what I wanted to do)

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You need a high-clearance 4WD with a locker if you're going up there now days.

 

I was gonna ask if you thought Big Jake might be able to make that trip. Guess that answers my question. Great trip report as always Matt.

 

Still gonna have to find a way to do it sometime.

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BTW, Fantastic photos!

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Thanks for the great pics ....... looks like you ran west to east ......

 

Scramblin Jim, Gold Digger, and I ran it east to west about 4 weeks ago ......

 

I has become very rough in some places just getting to Rug Road from the east ...

 

But it is still a great trail ... one of my favorites in Arizona .....

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Great Trip Report Matt. This is one run that I have been wanting to do for a long time, and I had a chance to, but I had to renew my state trust permit and didn't get it back in time.. :(

 

 

Rug road must have been busy this weekend. I'm surprised that you guys didn't need a traffic light out there. You guys, Tucson Rough Riders (I think 17 rigs) and SVO (2 rigs) all were doing that trail this weekend.

 

 

Hopefully, next time, I'll be able to make it.

 

 

Glad you had fun!

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What is the equipment in the photo, between your "boiler photos."

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Cool pics and report! Thanks for sharing!!

smiles, ladybug

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I was gonna ask if you thought Big Jake might be able to make that trip. Guess that answers my question. Great trip report as always Matt.

 

Still gonna have to find a way to do it sometime.

 

Your truck may not make it "up" Carpet Hill (though I have seen a full-sized F150 with 35's do it, but it was NOT pretty and we thought he really broke something), but I think you can probably go "down" Carpet Hill. Going west to east is easier (which is the way we went). After I saw what you could do at Three Feathers, I think you could do it that way if you were careful.

 

Thanks, Bill. Wish we could have seen you too.

 

Grunt, I have no idea what they were. It seemed to be some chutes that led to circular cylinders with fire bricks inside. I wish I knew more about the mining process and how they did it years ago too.

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What is the equipment in the photo, between your "boiler photos."

 

The two vertical tube things look like the bottom half of this:

 

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Perhaps the horizontal cylinders are parts of the top half of each smelter?

 

Pretty cool they survived this long. More detailed pics of the bases and interiors next time would be interesting.

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The two vertical tube things look like the bottom half of this:

 

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Perhaps the horizontal cylinders are parts of the top half of each smelter?

 

Pretty cool they survived this long. More detailed pics of the bases and interiors next time would be interesting.

mrSpp8

That's pretty cool.

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