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1/28 – 1/29/2017: Lake Pleasant to Cleater Exploration, near Phoenix, AZ 4x4 Difficult

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1/28 – 1/29/2017: Open to Everyone – Lake Pleasant to Cleater Exploration, near Phoenix, AZ 4x4 Difficult, primitive camping

 

Explore the route we recently discovered that "appears" to go from Lake Pleasant to Cleator, AZ. Get the inside scoop as we discover more about the area near Tip Top Mine. Negotiate the rugged terrain and soak up the amazing scenery as we gain elevation from Lake Pleasant into a canyon where a spectacular saguaro forest thrives. Discover mining ruins and sleep under the stars. Go into exploratory mode!

 

UPDATE UPDATE:

This run is now CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING OF THE AGUA FRIA RIVER!

 

WE MAY TRY TO PLAN SOMETHING FOR NEXT WEEKEND SO STAY TUNED!

 

UPDATE:

This is now a day run only - no camping due to weather.

Same meetup time/place as before - see you all Saturday morning!

 

Meet-up:

Be fueled-up and ready
Saturday 1/28 @ 9:30am
at the McDonalds/Albertsons parking lot on Carefree Highway just east of I-17.
Map here...

 

Itinerary:

We'll attempt a new way into this area on Saturday morning, starting on the Lake Pleasant side. Be prepared for some wrong turns and route finding since this is an exploratory trip! There are likely to be several loose steep climbs with ledges, so picking good lines will be key (of course we're here to spot you anytime it's needed).

 

Satellite views indicate at least one new-to-us abandoned mining area with some ruins to see. The rugged landscape will give us plenty of opportunities for neat mountain and rocky terrain photos. You also might be able to get good distant shots of Lake Pleasant.

 

We'll find somewhere in the middle of this remote area to tent camp in time for cocktails before dark Saturday afternoon.

 

Sunday after breakfast, we'll pack up camp and then loop towards the north-east into some slightly higher elevations to explore another new-to-us section of trail. It doesn't look like the original idea of being able to exit towards Cleator is in fact possible, but this loop should take us back to the Table Mesa area while avoiding Tip Top mine this time (keeping us away from
some
of the bumpiest trail)!

 

Unless we discover another exit route, we should be airing up at the Table Mesa area by mid to late afternoon and everyone can head home via I-17 from there.

 

Additional Info:

This trip is subject to cancellation due to rain.
UPDATE:
Forecast is calling for nothing but sun. It will be cold though (~60 during the day and 40 at night).
Bring plenty of warm sleeping gear, a good coat, and your woolie hat!
Please bring firewood if you have any room!

 

Driver Requirement:
This trail is for very experienced 4x4 enthusiasts only.

 

Vehicle Minimums:

    All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance)

  • Have functional seat-belts for each occupant

  • Must have suitable recovery points front and rear

  • Each vehicle must have a CB Radio or a Ham Radio in good working order

  • High-clearance 4x4's with low-range

  • 33"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires

  • At least 1 select-able or constant locker

 

Vehicle Recommendations:
Skid plates on important areas such as transfer-case & gas-tank, rock-rails, aftermarket differential covers, high-clearance metal bumpers, trimmed wheel wells, low axle gearing, upgraded axle shafts, 4:1 transfer case, 35"+ tires, custom roll-cage.

 

State Trust Land Permit
Please be sure to carry a current
State Trust Land Permit (click here to buy online)
.
UPDATE:
The majority of this trip is on BLM land (no permit required) but we will cross some State Trust Land, so that permit is required.

 

Fuel:
Please top-off at the meetup spot
(there's a Chevron there). We should all be OK with just one tank of gas. You may need an extra can if you have an excessively thirsty rig.

 

Comms:
CB channel 4 or ham simplex 146.46 MHz

 

 

Just reply to this thread to sign up!

 

This trip is limited to 7 total rigs. Once the limit is reached, anyone asking to sign-up will be placed on the standby list. Please don't hesitate to sign-up as a standby, because people often drop-out so you may get to still go.

 

Trail Leaders:

 

1. Number 7 & dzJeepchic

2. theksmith

 

Attending:

 

3. JKUR

4. gearhead

5. scottL

6.

7.

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FYI Sign ups open next weekend on Saturday morning. :D

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Sign ups open at 8 AM tomorrow morning!

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Count me in please. :cool:

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Please add me too.

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please sign me up.....thanks!

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I'm in.

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Please add me to the run.

 

Cam

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Please remove me from this trip.

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no other brave souls want to explore with us?

 

we'll post up full tip details tomorrow...

 

- the meetup will be Saturday morning.

- weather is calling for dry and sunny, but very cold conditions.

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