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OCT 16 & 17: Camp Verde To Mogollon Rim Overland Trip

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Camp Verde To Mogollon Rim Adventure

Saturday October 16 & Sunday October 17

Primitive Tent Camping | No Facilities

 

Join me for 2 days and 132 miles of exploration on this overland style run.  This route will take us from Camp Verde to the Mogollon Rim where we will camp.  I have pieced this together using various trails in the area.  Most of these trails are easy to moderate based on my research, nothing too technical is involved. This is me leading this run after all so we know these are going to be mainly just forest roads! 😁 There some rocky two track sections mixed for good measure. Extra fuel is not necessarily required, however, if you have the ability to bring some it is worth considering doing so.

 

Meetup and Departure **UPDATED**

When: October 16th @ 8:00 A.M, departing no later than 8:30 A.M.

Where: Camp Verde Bashas'  Parking Lot (link) I will be there somewhere out of the way of shoppers.

650 Finnie Flat Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322

There is a Circle K down the street on the way in and a Maverick gas station across the street. Please arrived fueled up for the trip.

 

We’ll start our trip in the town of Camp Verde and make our way east to Beaver Creek Road then north to Cedar Flat Road. This will start us going towards the Mogollon Rim through a variety of landscapes including the Ponderosa pines in the Coconino Forest. Sedona and Mingus Mountain will be  to the west and the San Francisco Peaks are to the north. The terrain varies through here and it is mainly easy, there are some rocky but not technical sections along the way per TrailsOffroad. However, their author has a flair for the dramatic I have noticed so we shall see how rough it is. 😂 My goal is to make camp just east of HWY 87.

 

Trails from TrailsOffroad used to build Day 1.

 Cedar Flat Road 

Apache Maid

Willow Valley

Lost Eden

East Clear Creek

 

Day 2 we will break camp and make our way to Rim Road. To get there we will use parts of various trails, including a portion of East Clear Creek,  that wind their way through the area. These will also be easy to moderate trails. Once on Rim Road we will head west and explore historic sites, such as old ranger cabins, and enjoy the scenery that the Mogollon Rim has to offer.

 

We will also explore Battle Ground Ridge trail. This is a portion of the description from trailsoffroad.com

"In 1862 some White Mountain Apache warriors, led by Na-tio-tish, got into an altercation with, and killed, several policemen in San Carlos, Arizona. Some 80 warriors, chased by U.S. cavalry, crossed the Tonto Basin and climbed onto the Mogollon Rim. They laid a trap for the pursuing cavalry on a rugged side canyon of East Clear Creek. The cavalry's scout ferreted out the trap. The fight raged for an afternoon until a severe afternoon thunderstorm halted hostilities. The warriors escaped in the night and returned to the reservation leaving behind 20 dead Apaches and two dead and six wounded among the cavalry troops. Nearly lost to history, today a lonely marker stands on the site and the entire area is called Battleground Ridge."

 

Trails from TrailsOffroad used to build Day 2.

FR 96(Part of the Cabin Loop Trail)

Buck Springs Ridge

Rim Road

Battle Ground Ridge

 

Trail Difficulty |Easy-Moderate- Exploratory

Note that I have NOT run these trails personally, so I applied the "exploratory" status.

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GPX File-Let me know if all the waypoints and tracks/routes do not show up.

 

 

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Approximate Trip Milage

Mileage is based on Gaia and is as close to accurate as possible. I have a spot marked to air down for those who want to about 2 miles in on Beaver Creek Rd. Time is approximated as several factors come into play. I am hoping to be at camp between 4 and 5, closer to 4 is my hope.  If we start losing daylight before we get to my preferred camping area I have marked a few options on Lost Eden as back ups. If fuel is an issue we can do a detour to Happy Jack, there is a gas station there. It would be a 20 mile round trip there and back to East Clear Creek.

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Average Weather | Area Weather for the Time frame of this Trip

  • Sunrise: 6:31am
  • Sunset: 5:50 pm
  • Avg High Temp: Mid 60's to lower 70's
  • Avg Low Temp: Upper 30's- lower 40's

 

Requirements

  • A high clearance 4x4 truck or SUV with a low range transfer case option, suitable front & rear recovery point, aggressive A/T or M/T tires
    • While not required, aftermarket skid plates, rock rails, and sway-bar disconnects are recommended.
  • Rigs & drivers must meet all the typical state/federal legal requirements for on-highway vehicles (license, insurance, registration, seatbelts, lights, etc.)
  • Vehicle should be mechanically sound and safe to drive
  • Drivers of varying experience should be fine on this trip
  • PRIMITIVE CAMPING
    • Camping stuff (tent, sleeping bag, chair, stove, etc.)

Other Important Details

  • Bring 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, snacks
  • MORE water than you need
  • Camping (PRIMITIVE)
    • We'll camp at high elevation. Please bring appropriate clothing and bedding.
  • Radio Comms
    • Primary - GMRS channel 20 (462.675 MHz)
    • Secondary - Ham simplex 146.460 Mhz
  • Recovery gear, first aid kit, fire extinguisher
  • Folding chair, camera

Sign-Ups

Rig limit: Going to limit to 8 rigs. After that, I'll put you on standby.

 

        Attending:

  1. @shellback91 (Leading)  
  2. @Trail Toy
  3. @Cullen McCarthy
  4. @Large_Marge  
  5. @mynr1
  6. @Ken Ford
  7.  

 

 

        Standby Crew:  

  1. @mbuckner  
  2. @We Just Go
  3. @jmcmillen19

      

 

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We want to sign up for this one but we'll have to bring both rigs, the Jeep and the Tundra.  The whole family would be going, will this be okay for you Marty?  If we bring just the Jeep there's not enough room/space for all the camping gear, etc.  I know we'd be driving 2 rigs but maybe just count us as one? 

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Mark me down please!

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3 hours ago, Trail Toy said:

We want to sign up for this one but we'll have to bring both rigs, the Jeep and the Tundra.  The whole family would be going, will this be okay for you Marty?  If we bring just the Jeep there's not enough room/space for all the camping gear, etc.  I know we'd be driving 2 rigs but maybe just count us as one? 

I will put you down as "+1" . Most of the campsites I came across should be large enough.

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Awesome!  Looking forward to an overlanding run, thanks Marty! 😎

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Looks like I'll be heading to Glendale this coming week to pick up a deepsleep4jeeps air mattress, gonna need that! 😎

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I added the GPX file to the original post. Let me know if there are any issues with it.

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Please add me to standby. 

Thank you 

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Unfortunately we can't make this one.

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thanks for posting this Marty - looks like a fun trip! i'm already slated to be at Rocktoberfest in Kingman or i'd join you.

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