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March 14, 2020 / Wickenburg Mountains Triple Threat! / Moderate 4x4

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@4x4tographer put together an awesome run through the Wickenburg Mountains Saturday. The weather cooperated both before and during to make for a mostly conformable ride in some  fun mildly challenging conditions. The clouds helped to create some dramatic landscape photos.

 

Also in attendance: @ob1jeeper, @gold digger, @Ladybug, @gearhead, @theksmith

 

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Above and below, out first trail stop at one of the many Constellation mine sites.

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I never get tired of the Arizona views

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Our second stop was near this mine.

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As we approached the stopping point, there was some radio chatter about the Winnebago becoming @4x4tographer's next project.

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Dramatic cloud effects

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Also photographed from the second stop, Seal Mountain. Show above in context, left of center.

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Stamp mill remains of the second stop/mine.

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As we moved on, there were some race fans watching the jeeps pass.

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Here begins the theme of the trip, water

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Third stop. A break before the the first "real" water fording

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The water was still running high from the week's rain and, in particular, Friday's storms. This wash is the trail. Although nothing we drove through was more than two feet deep. But deep enough that if you stopped it would rock your vehicle.

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Pictures to probably not show your insurance agent

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Tower Mountain (Crown King) is the dark far away peak left of center

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Mountain view during lunch

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After lunch we drove by Buckhorn Springs where we stopped for a short hike

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More pictures to come in a comment to this post. I have about filled the 48.3MB limit. 😃 

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Continuing where I left off on the hike....

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Looking back as we finished the hike

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After many tries, finally got a shot with @theksmith in it in motion to complete the collection

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This could have been about the route behind or still in front of us

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If you have not picked up on the theme of the trip, here's a hint, water. Lots of water.

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Castle Hot Springs Resort. Looked pretty empty.

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View of Lake Pleasant as we neared the end of this wonderful adventure.

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Thanks to @4x4tographer for a great day!

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Thanks for the photos man! Here's a few I grabbed throughout the day.

 

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@Ladybug & @ob1jeeper followed by @SonoranWanderer as we pull up alongside the Monte Cristo Mine with the moon setting in the background.

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Here's another with @theksmith

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An old structure @ the Monte Cristo Mine

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Back on the trail with @gold digger & Sadie with the Monte Cristo Mine in the distance.

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This is a very small portion of the Gold Bar Mine. There was a great little overlook and pull off area that gave sweeping views of the area and showed just how expansive the operations were.

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Behind this outcropping of redrock is the hidden Buckhorn Springs which were FLOOOOOOOWING with water from the recent 4 day spree of rain we had.

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After we left the springs it was about 2 hours of non-stop water crossings. Here's @gearhead going down the lazy river!

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The boundaries of the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area.

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Great pictures both you guys! That's a lot of water!

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Posted (edited)

thanks for organizing/leading this Ryan - Brady and I had a great time and all that water really made it fun!

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12 hours ago, theksmith said:

thanks for organizing/leading this Ryan - Brady and I had a great time and all that water really made it fun!

Agreed...   Was a GREAT day to be out exploring, and your trail leading was spot-on...   We LOVED it ;););)

 

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And what a great trip report and awesome pics!  Remind me to include you guys on my next run!!!

Thanks Ryan for leading such a fun day, and thanks to all who joined us!!

smiles, ladybug

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On 3/16/2020 at 7:07 AM, dzJeepChic said:

Great pictures both you guys! That's a lot of water!

 

Yeah it sure was! Other than hitting one of the big lakes around here, I've not seen that much water in a long while.

 

The spring was RUSHING and reminded me a little of being back in the Appalachia's. Super cool place.

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Thanks for joining and the kind words @ob1jeeper and @Ladybug! I always love hanging out with you guys. Hopefully we'll meet back up again soon!

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