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Sep 28, 2019: Harlquahala Sunset/Stargazing Run: near Wickenburg/Salome, AZ: 4x4 Easy

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*** Apologies, but we had a little "new site" issue and all of the original posts in this topic were deleted by accident. If you signed up, please double check you are still on the attendee list - if not, just reply again! Sorry for the confusion! ***

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Hello! Coordinating my first ever ORP run! The intent of this run is to be a sunset run/star gazing/night run.

 

 

We’ll be exploring beautiful Harquahala Mountain, the tallest peak in SW Arizona. With this trail, you can drive all the way to the summit (3,360ft climb, summit at 5,600ft)! Trail length is 11mi up, 11mi back.

 

The goal of this trip is to:

- Hit the top about 1 hour prior to sunset

- Explore an amazing historical site dating back to 1880

- Get blown away by sunset and the views

- Freak out over naked-eye views of the Milky Way

- Have a fun night ride back down to the staging area

 

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Meet-up: 3:30 PM in the staging area

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GPX Track

 

There is a vault toilet located at the staging area, but no other services.

 

 

Itinerary:

3:30pm - Meet at Staging Area

4:00pm - Depart - En route we’ll stop a few times for photos/pit stops

5:45pm - Arrive at Summit - This should be Golden Hour with some gorgeous directional light from the sun for photos

6:18pm - Sunset

7:15pm - we’ll be in astronomical twilight and begin to see glorious, naked-eye views of the Milky Way by 7:35pm

10:30pm - Begin to make our way back down the mountain

Midnight - Approx staging area return time

 

 

Additional Info:

This trip is subject to cancellation or postponement due to rain or inclement weather.
 
For those that like to camp, there are a handful of suitable dry camping RV sites at the base of the mountain. There are also sites along the trail in several places in addition to space at the summit of the mountain. NO water, no trash, no power.
 
***Please note that we will technically still be in monsoon season - overnighting at the summit brings wind and lightning risk.
 
 
Other Considerations:
- Water & Food
(pack a sunset picnic dinner!)
- Dress in layers (its
20 degrees cooler
at the summit and can be windy)
- Folding chairs
- Camera with a tripod (try your hand at some astrophotography)
- Flashlights/Lanterns (we will have them off during star gazing to preserve our night vision)
- Telescope (got one? Bring it out! I plan to bring one of mine)
- Emergency supplies / Med Kit
- No facilities, plan accordingly
 
 
Driver Requirement:
This trail is suitable for beginner for 4x4 enthusiasts.
 
Be advised there are a few steep climbs with loose rock and some mild off-camber areas. Our descent will be back long the same trail where engine compression and well-maintained brakes will come in handy.
 
 
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
* 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires
 
 
***I also highly recommend auxiliary lighting on your rig for the night run portion of this ride.
 
 
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, 33"+ tires, custom roll-cage.
 
 
CB Channel:
4
 
Ham Frequency:
146.46 MHz
 

 

 

Rig Limit:

Due to parking constraints at the site, this trip is limited to 11 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 do drop-out so you may get to still go.

 

Post a reply in this thread saying you'd like to go and we'll put you on the roster!

 

Trail Leaders:

1. 4x4tographer

 

Attending:

2. theksmith

3. CAVU2

4. Johnpa

5. shellback91

6. MzPriss & ChersDad

7. Ghostrider

8. DGR61

9. K2man56

10. Bradywgn71

11. gearhead

 

Standby

12.

13.

14.

 

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FYI, i'll likely camp out after the run (Saturday night) - anyone that wants to join me is welcome to!

 

also - just a few miles away there are also some neat shallow "caves" left over from a mining operation. we could visit them on the way out Sunday morning if there is interest. the route is just an easy sand road.

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I am game to camp most likely

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Ok change of plans....please put us on the standby list and move someone off that list.  Need to focus on repairs and not sure if we will have our list done in time.

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4 hours ago, Bradywgn71 said:

Ok change of plans....please put us on the standby list and move someone off that list.  Need to focus on repairs and not sure if we will have our list done in time.

 

Good lord what did you guys do in Tucson?!

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Psssst, the date isn't included on this anymore.....

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11 hours ago, 4x4tographer said:

 

Good lord what did you guys do in Tucson?!

 

Well after the drag link ripped apart and we lost all steering (because the aluminum bar was too short and only holding by 3 bolt threads)  Chris wants to go over everything the shop touched.  We also have a long list of other projects to get done....fix CB radios in both Jeeps, suspension seats in WJ, rear light bar in WJ, fix rock lights that were cut by the shop, fix door wiring that was screwed up, fix wiring on locker switches, trim rear bumper more for clearance, fix how shop fabricated our passenger disconnect pin connection, etc.  So just need the weekend time most likely for him to work on this.  #Jeeplife!!

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54 minutes ago, MzPriss said:

Psssst, the date isn't included on this anymore.....

 

thanks for letting us know - should be fixed now!

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@johnpa - now that you made it on the list, are you planning to camp? 🏕️

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