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7/16/2022 Terminator+ Night Run | Difficult | Phoenix, AZ

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Trail:

 

Beat the heat and join us for a late evening/night run of both lower and upper Terminator at Table Mesa


Terminator is a challenging run during the day and we are going to run it in the dark. After we complete Terminator you will have the option to head back Little Pan Staging Area or continue on to Black Canyon City the back way for a little more challenge along with some cool night views of Black Canyon City.

 

The plan is to run Cottonwood Gulch from AZCO Mine Rd (inclusive of TV2 and most of TV3) and then exit Cottonwood Gulch via TV5 connecting to 9958.

 

https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=16.2/-112.1815/34.0252&pubLink=Gt4VlKTn2MvA9GgW1X6Cf36z&trackId=314f71ff87d3702de4fcbf089586a732

 

At 9958 I am planning to head north via 9958 to Black Canyon City, also known as the Black Canyon OHV trail.

 

https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=18.1/-112.1928/34.0396&pubLink=Eh7NfVq2a1J6EGUnKknqW0JJ&trackId=c65514f90bb70ca8f66153f3712da6a9

 

If you have had your night fill, you can break off and head back down to Little Pan Staging Area and I17 instead of running to Black Canyon City.

 

Itinerary:

 

We will meet at Little Pan Staging Area at 6:30PM and complete and vehicle prep along with airing down. At 7:00PM we will have the drivers meeting and then hit the trail towards Lower Terminator.
 

I expect Terminator will take up to five hours as a group. The run to Black Canyon City should take about 2.5 hours plus any stops for night photography.

 

We should be airing up in Black Canyon City around 2:30AM.

 

Additional Info:

 

Meet up:

Communications:

  • GMRS channel 20 (462.6750 MHz)

 

Vehicle Requirements:

  • Oversized, 33+, M/T or A/T tires (M/T, >=35” recommended)
  • 2.5” or greater lift
  • As much light as you need, but be kind and don’t blind the drivers in front of you!

 

Misc: 

  • Bring plenty of water and snacks!
  • Bring your camera if you want to capture any night shots.

 

Standard Disclaimer

 

All plans subject to change due to weather events and monsoon related trails conditions.

 

Sign-Up:

 

Sign-up is limited to five vehicles, but don’t hesitate to join the standby list as people on the sign-up list may drop out at any time for various reasons.

 

1. @SonoranWanderer

2. @theksmith

3. @4x4tographer
4. @capsul

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Count me in for at least the lower and upper Terminators!

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On 7/2/2022 at 10:42 AM, 4x4tographer said:

Count me in for at least the lower and upper Terminators!

 

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Sounds fun, count me in for the terminator part and see if I'm too tired to do the last part.

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bump for interest since it's this coming weekend!

 

FYI, i did Lower Terminator in my fat-bodied WJ on 33's unscathed many years ago. you do need rock rails, skid plates and some lift - but it's nothing too crazy. come join us for that portion (a couple hours) even if nothing else!

 

here's a couple photos from Lower:

 

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Lots of fun optional obstacles to but maybe not at night, at least for me!! Been a while since I've had the jeep out and looks like some monsoon weather for Saturday!IMG_20190504_095843503_HDR.thumb.jpg.c02a770e30e7bcb1244a345a8c584c9d.jpg600_500964098.jpeg.153b4e8e38b9686459571fc7d6861d63.jpeg

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12 hours ago, capsul said:

Lots of fun optional obstacles to but maybe not at night, at least for me!! Been a while since I've had the jeep out and looks like some monsoon weather for Saturday!

 

I live over in Cave Creek and they keep claiming it's going to rain and the most I've gotten since the start of monsoon season is sprinkles. My rain gauge has remained bone dry, bone. Now I may eat those words... I'm off to Chicago for work until Friday, we'll see what I get back to.

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Hey @SonoranWanderer - reading up on some trail guides for this trip. Can't really find any information on TV5. Do you have any intel there?

 

The more I'm reading up on Lower Terminator (TV2), the more I'm psyching myself out. 😁

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9 hours ago, 4x4tographer said:

Hey @SonoranWanderer - reading up on some trail guides for this trip. Can't really find any information on TV5. Do you have any intel there?

 

The more I'm reading up on Lower Terminator (TV2), the more I'm psyching myself out. 😁

 

You'll do fine. Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice, I am willing to make

 

Here is an old map that shows the original Technical Vehicle (TV) trails. TV5 is really just an alternate exit to TV3. During the day, short and easy but pin-stripy. And note that TV2 and TV3 can connect as one trail following Cottonwood Gulch that does not go back up to 9999 in the middle. 

 

The first Gaia map link in the description is the exact path I plan on following.

 

Some pictures from my March run (last shakedown cruise before EJS in Moab)

 

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looking forward to this Woody!

 

not too worried about weather as the monsoons usually dissipate quickly. if there is a concern of flooding in the wash, we can always just go right to the Black Canyon City OHV trail.

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