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Mick Bowers

12/2 - 12/3/2023, Vulture Mountain Overland Route, near Wickenburg, Arizona, 4x4 Easy + Primitive Camping

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The Meet Up

 

When: Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30 AM

 

Where: 207 E Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ

We will meet for a late breakfast at the colorful Horseshoe Café in downtown Wickenburg. 

If you order the biscuits and gravy, be sure to make it a half order it's huge the same goes for pancakes just order one.  You will probably split that one with someone. (The parking lot is behind the cafe across the street.)

 

 

The Trail

 

Trail rating: Easy

The trip will be primarily on “two tracks” or in sandy washes. After Belmont Mine and the Vulture Mountains we’ll drive into the Hassayampa riverbed and under US 60 into the San Domingo wash. We will stop early enough to have plenty of light to setup camp. 

Sunday morning we'll have a leisurely breakfast and proceed north along the beautiful sandy wash to the historic Anderson mill. 

We'll end the trip on US 60 between Wickenburg and Morristown, 20 miles northwest of the 303.

 

Points of interest include:

·       Belmont mine (short walk up to it)

·       Vulture mountains

·       Crested King cactus

·       Vulture Arch (lunch)

·       Hassayampa basin (we'll get a team photo under the RR bridge)

·       San Domingo wash 

·       The dam and a climb around it.

·       Anderson mill

 

Rig Requirements:

Trip is suitable for any high clearance 4x4 with LOW RANGE

·       All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements and have seat belts.

·       Must have suitable recovery points front and rear.

·       Must have quality durable aggressive all terrain or mud tires.

·       Must have operational GRMS radio or Ham's capabilities for GMRS frequencies.

·       Must have full size spare tire. 

·       Basic recovery gear

 

Rig Recommendations:

Rock sliders, armor and 33-inch minimum tires

 

Lodging:

Dispersed primitive camping (bring wood please).

 

Additional Info:

COMMS: GMRS channel 21 (462.700 MHz)

 

 

Sign-Up

 

Attending:

Rig limit: I'm making the rig limit 6 due to the relatively narrow wash we will be camping in

1. @gman

2. @OffroadFun

3. @Murphy

4. @Sherri B

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On Standby:

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Ride leader

Mick Bowers, 623-432-2895

 

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Great trails!  Sorry that I'll be out of town that weekend, but have fun in my neighborhood!

smiles, ladybug

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We’ll miss you guys

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On 10/30/2023 at 7:20 PM, LaZorraRoja said:

This sounds fun, Mick. Sign me up. 

Your down 

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I have everything except for a radio.  What is a good brand to get?

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46 minutes ago, Josh said:

I have everything except for a radio.  What is a good brand to get?

 

Baofeng makes a decent handheld that's very inexpensive: click here... or this Radioddity is popular as well: click here...

 

if you are looking for a mobile unit (i.e. hard-wired with external antenna), Midland makes several nice ones at various price-points.

 

the external antenna (and higher wattage) will get you better range, but a hand-held radio will work just fine for many of our trail runs. 

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Wish I could make it but will be out of state.....have a great time!

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