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12/13 - Saddle Mountain | Rock Hounding | Petroglyphs | Easy to Moderate near Tonopah, AZ

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Sunday 12/13 - Saddle Mountain | Rock Hounding | Petroglyphs | Easy to Moderate near Tonopah, AZ

Volcanoes, Fire Agate, & Petroglyphs, OH MY!

 

Hello my friends! Let's take a little trip to the far west valley for some fun around Saddle Mountain, an area of ancient volcanic activity that was last active approximately 66 million years ago.

 

On this trip, we'll enjoy:

  • Gorgeous morning views of the Saddle Mountain area
  • An easy to moderate trail ride
  • Rockhound for Fire Agate and Chalcedony (which the area is known for)
  • A brief hike to see some petroglyphs (pending pinpointing of location)

 

 

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Image: Anne McKinnel Photography

 

 

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Map Tracks:

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saddle-mountain.gpx

 

 

Itinerary:

  • Meet up
    • 8:00 AM @ Chevron in Tonopah, AZ (https://goo.gl/maps/ZM5PmyJ7cWkC3GTe9)
    • Depart by 8:30 AM once everyone is fueled up / present
    • Trailhead is a short 4 mile drive from the gas station. 
  • Rockhound
    • We'll check out a site known for rock hounding to see if we can scrounge up some fire agate or chalcedony
  • Trail ride
    • We'll take a 14 mile loop of the mountain with a brief side trip into the heart of the mountain where we will be surrounded on all sides by gorgeous views and canyon walls
    • Trail is approx 2-3 hours, depending on stops and group speed
  • Hike to some Petroglyphs (maybe)
    • The area is also known for petroglyphs via an easy hike. If I can nail down a location, anyone who wishes to check them out is more than welcome!

 

 

 

Trail Description:

  • Easy to Moderate
  • Primarily rocky sediment with some smooth dirt tracks
  • Narrow in some areas with pin-striping possible
  • Moderate rating due to:
    • 4 "obstacles" at a few of the 2 dozen wash crossings we will make
    • Mild off-camber in 1 section
    • Rough road in areas

 

 

Vehicle Requirements:

Due to the severe wash outs at some wash crossings, this trail is more suited to vehicles with good departure angles.

 

Tacomas, Colorados, Gladiators, etc... with a bed WILL drag their tail on some crossings.

 

  • Vehicle Minimums: 
    • Good approach/departure angles
    • All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance)
    • Have functional seat-belts for every occupant
    • Suitable recovery points front and rear
    • Functioning CB Radio or Ham Radio
    • High-clearance 4x4 with low range
    • 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires
    • Sway bar disconnect
  • Vehicle Recommendations: 
    • Skid plates
    • Rock rails
    • 33"+ tires
    • Rear locker

 

 

Comms:

  • CB: Channel 4
  • HAM: 146.46 MHz

 

 

Additional Considerations:

  • Dress for the weather
  • Don't forget the sunscreen! There isn't a lot of shade available.
  • Bring a bucket or bag for your rockhounding treasures!
  • Bring a chair!
  • Bring a lunch and plenty of water
  • Bring a camera!
  • Recovery gear/traction aid
  • Emergency supplies / Med kit

 

 

Sign-Ups (Rig Limit: 7) 

 

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

 

Attending:

 

1 - 4x4tographer (lead) & @Yodamom

2 - @Trail Toy

3 - @shellback91

4 - @SlyDawg

5 - @KC4X4

6 - @KtroubleA

7 - 

 

Standby:

 

1 -

2 - 

 

 

 

Edited by 4x4tographer
Added map tracks / Adjusted attendees
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Needless to say, lol, sign us up, Sarah is looking forward to this one. 😎  Great video by the way... 

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Sign me up, I am not a rock hound so not sure what to do there. Fake it till you make it, right?🤣  I may be bringing my son & his girlfriend along too.

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Please put me down for this.

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8 hours ago, shellback91 said:

Sign me up, I am not a rock hound so not sure what to do there. Fake it till you make it, right?🤣 


You’ll be in good company 😆

 

This particular place you’ll just be searching and picking at loose sediment, mostly.

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We would like to go, also.

Love rock hounding!

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Ok Ryan!  You got me on the rocks, plus my fav Roy will be coming, so I need to attend, if you don't mind signing me up please!

smiles, ladybug

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Wish we could go but I have this weekend booked :(  Great trip idea!!  Hope you have a ton of fun!

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Definitely add me, looks full so I'll take standby, all about rock hounding! 

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