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  1. Do you have a route for this trip? Sounds interesting. How do you cross Chevlon and Clear Creeks? They have some pretty gnarly canyons up that way.
  2. What/where are you guys interested in? If you're into technical/rock crawling hardcore stuff, you won't find much up here. But if your goal is to just stay on dirt all day and try not to see many others while doing it, there's quite a bit up here. Both on the forest and on the res.
  3. Way late to this party, but welcome to the mountain.
  4. I haven't been active here for a while. I've been up to that lookout, but it's been years. I drove my '97 stock XJ up to it. I used to do a lot of exploring around there, especially right after the Rodeo fire. I would go and cut a little tiny bit of wood now and then from the downed charred alligator junipers. And yes, there's a ton of little roads to explore in there. FR300 is cool. I think I've taken it almost all the way, both legs. If you go on the western portion that goes on the north of SR 260, I know of a really cool campsite at Promontory Butte.
  5. Nice, thanks for sharing. Pretty sad some flatlander knows secret camp spots the locals may not, lol.
  6. I'm late to this thread, but you said in August, right? Anyways, the fire restrictions have been lifted and I thought I'd propose another place, Scott's Reservoir. It's decent and free.
  7. Thanks for the pictures and report. I'm sorry I missed this, it is one of the trips I want to take now I'm back on the mountain. There was a guy who posted about doing this going the other way on the VJC site last year. Just a quick tip from looking at the sign up thread. Not sure if this was obvious from the online permit purchase, but technically you need the "Special Use Permit" for that part of the WMAT res. http://www.wmatoutdoors.org/special_use_regulations Granted, if you came across any WMRE officials, they would have probably just given you a warning.
  8. Thank you for the kind words back, yes, I would like to try to hook up with you folks, just be warned, lol. The last two trips I made to AZ have been in later April, but next year I am hoping to come down during the monsoon. I am missing the shows so bad . . . . This is me some 12-13 years ago looking for fire agates on the Black Hills:
  9. It's been a coon's age since I have visited and posted here. Glad to see you folks are still expanding ever outward from the box of the 'usual' Wells trails that other 'clubs' are locked into because there is so much more to see in Arizona than what is in that little book. In Mt Graham, now you have found another Arizona jewel. But there is more . . . . the Black Hills Back Country byway. The Chiricuaha mtns. And more. Thanks for this picture thread, thanks much. Or not! Now I am wishing I was living in AZ all that much more you stinkers!
  10. Thanks for the pictures and report. I made a trip through there from Green Valley(?) to Sonoita many many years ago, and thought I went through on White House Canyon road, but Google doesn't show it now. Also on that same trip went up into the Chiricahua NM as well. Entered there from the east. Love the transition from desert to pines as well and there are loads and loads of ghost towns down there.
  11. The two days in Tucson were replete of pictures, but we did go to Tombstone; alas, since I've been there so many times before, this is the only picture I took: With all the changes of plans I decided that Thursday, May 8 was 'time to hightail it fer home day'. And I did. No camping out, just highways, freeways, and motels. I didn't start taking any pictures until I was between Flagstaff and Page, but I've got a bunch of those as well. So I'll start here at "The Gap" where US89 has the detour on US89T (Navajo 20) to bypass the big slide. Heading up US89T from the gap: It was a very welcome change of scenery since I've been up US89 between Flag and Page so many times: Yup, to verify I'm also on Navajo 20: The story is that US89 buckled and slid away up on the Vermillion cliffs south of Page, AZ around Feb 2013, so the best detour was on Navajo 20, but at the time most of it was unpaved. Well ADOT and the Navajos came to an agreement to go ahead and pave it and call it US89T in the meantime. It might be actually shorter and I hear that the semi's find it less curvy than the original US89. We'll see how it turns out. Getting closer to Page, Lake Powell, and southern Utah, it's time to play with some camera settings: The bridge at Lake Powell: On the other side, a close up of some boats on the lake: Took a quick side stop at one of the lookouts. Najavo mountain out there: Entering Utah: Past Kanab: I spent the night at a place in Panguitch, UT. It was being fixed up really neat and for $50 I got more than my money's worth. However, I did not get a good money picture of the place as I left the next morning (Friday, May 9): Got to have another old building: And the contrasting effect: And that is it for my pictures. I stopped in Salt Lake City for lunch, Mountain Home, ID for the night, and was home by Saturday, May 10. Hope you enjoyed!
  12. The next day, Tuesday, May 6, I headed down to Tucson to visit that old friend. No pics to speak of there. Well, this is a cool one leaving Hawley: And come to think of it, I did get a few between Show Low and Globe, mostly near the Salt River canyon (some call it the 'other grand canyon'). This is looking back north near the top of the Salt on US60/AZ77: Man my pictures suck on this trip. Here's an almost decent one down in the Salt: At the bottom, here's an old dilapidated shack. It used to say 'jail' on it or something and folks would go inside to get there pictures taken, but since the store down here closed years ago it is going far to the elements: On the other side of the river looking back at the old and the modern bridge (too bad even the state rest area is closed and you cannot get much closer): After topping out back on top of the canyon headed further south towards Globe, I stopped in Seneca. Seems like the last time I was through there, the store was open and these buildings were occupied, but not now: The old store: Upon further reflection, it has probably been at least 10 years or more since I took the highway from Show Low to Globe, hence all the changes. After getting to Globe and then heading south on AZ77 towards Tucson, this is the only half way decent picture I took, and it isn't any of that:
  13. The next day Monday, May 5, I decided I liked it so much, I was going to stay another night. I headed over to the Hawley Lake store for more supplies and such, but it was closed. Sign said the store had moved to the boat launch/rental place across the road. That was all boarded up too. Oh well, love the aspens, this is on the way back to the campground side of the lake: The huge meadow that I love across from the campground (but it is always much better in late summer; greener and tons of wildflowers): Since the store was closed I went back to Indian Pine (Hon-Dah) to re-supply. Blah blah shot along AZ 473:
  14. Sunrise the next morning: It was so nice and peacefull up there, I stayed the next day and night as well. Then on Sun, May 4, I left and headed towards 'the mountain', i.e. Show Low and Pinetop with plans to spend the night at Hawley Lake. As I said, been camping there for over 40 years now, so it is now almost a ritual to go there whenever in Arizona. It on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and lives up around 8000' in elevation or so. Here is another shot of the road to Promontory Butte on the way out: I ended up pretty much just passing through Pinetop and such, only stopping for some supplies, gas and camping permit at Lone Pine (now Hon-Dah). Decided to swing down through Upper Log Camp and pass by the memorial to Tenny Gatewood, an Apache Tribal Police officer who lost his life over a twelve pack of beer. Pretty sad since my only encounter with him was pretty fair. I was camping at Hawley Lake (of course) back in 1996 and he came around to check permits. Seemed I had 'forgotten' to get mine this time. He said, "Well, head over to the store and have them backdate your permit and pay what you owe". He could have done a whole lot worse. I have heard some stories. Ok, enough of my life story. They have paved some of the road to Upper Log, but ahhh, dirt finally: Upper Log camp is along the north fork of the white river, here I am crossing the bridge: Up past Upper Log, along Slide Creek road: Tenny Gatewood's memorial: Another weak attempt at an obligitory flower pic: Hawley lake sign. To the left the cabins, to the right the campgrounds. I took the right. Seems like more pavement here than last time two years ago: Nosed into my traditional family camp site, but this part of the campground seems to have become more popular on my last two visits: But my mark is still there: I ended up a little ways south and found a campsite without any neighbors: This night was special to me so I did a bit of feasting. Baked beans, beer brats, and bacon wrapped filet mignon:
  15. I did take a pic on I-10 east just inside AZ: I believe I'm heading up the Beeline Hwy here (SR 87): Headed straight through Payson, then west on AZ260 to the top of the Mogollon rim. Mmmm, trees. Along the Rim Road (FR300): And now off of the Rim Road and down the 6 mile or so bumpy road to my destination: Nice-ness: I didn't get a lot of pictures of this road, but suffice it to say that although it's not a "Jeep trail", it certainly is NOT a graded forest road. RV's and trailers do not attempt: At the end of the road is the reward: As shown, there was an awesome table/chair built of large rocks as well as a huge firepit at camp. And then there's the views to be had, again some playing with settings: Oh yeah, that's another rock chair on the edge: Moar: Gettin' towards dinner time:
  16. The next day, Wednesday, April 30, going down the 'front way' to Crown King: A pic or two of Cleator, Arizona: Hardly a good picture at all, but there were some interesting volcanic upthrusts between Cleator and BumbleBee: Now back on the freeway, next stop Blythe, CA, but there's still the Centential signs: After that, there's no good pictures to be had really. Have you ever traveled between Phoenix and Blythe? Or beyond? I personally cannot stand California so I have no love for it; with pictures, nor my money. Heck (and I knew this) gas was almost $1/gal more in Blythe than in the last stop in AZ on I-10 west; a mere 20 miles max difference. And as it went, the meetup in SoCal didn't go as planned so I headed back a day early, Friday May 2, 2014. Again, I will say my original plans after Cali were to head up the Four Peaks road, camp, then go down past Roosevelt Lake and then up the back way to Young. The very back way on Cherry Creek Road. I hear tell of a few cool things to see up that way, but again the fire restrictions gave me pause; however, fire restrictions or no, I was GOING to camp at Promontory Butte on the Mogollon rim.
  17. Here's the Wickenburg to Crown King part of my Trip report. Copied, pasted and then edited from my post at VJC: Let me preface this with, yeah I drive a stock KJ, so as you know most of my pic threads are not totally true 'wheeling'. But this one did put me to the test, read on. . . . We met at the Wickenburg McD's around 9AM and set out. Neither had paper maps, I only had maps saved to my Android device. At the first eyehatetofu led, but when we got to the one turn onto a different route, he said I should lead since I had the map. And so I did. We Went up a couple of steep climbs (which Tim was surprised I just went up), but then we got to this one steep hil, it was like a 'V'. On the left and in the middle (or bottom) was a bunch of boulders and on the right side it was a very off camber ride to the top. We walked it to the top and it looked OK beyond, but for some reason I decided to turn around instead. In retrospect, I wish I wouldn't have gone ahead that way. When we went back, my map eventually took us back to the "CK rock" and we went up the usual backway to Crown King. Tim then took the lead again. All I can say now is WOW! Now I know what Jeep folks mean by "wheeling". And this on a moderate 'trail'. But all I have is a stock Libby, Tim's was a lifted Libby; and even still taking all the bypasses he was strugling in places. I must say that the whole road was pretty much effed, earlier reports of it being well graded, were false to me anyways. And that's why I didn't take too many pics of the trail, I was concentrating too much on tire placement; but on the other hand I did get quite a sense of accompishment since eyehatetofu said I made some spots he struggled with look easy. (Sorry Tim). So with all that said, here's some of the pics I did take, Downtown Wickenburg on the way to McD's: Heading out Constellation Road: Moar: And moar: Some scenery: Going up: Moar scenery: Here's where I took over the lead, this road looks promising, love that sign: Like I said, I didn't get as many pics as I should have. I guess when traveling with another I feel constrained if I hold back/go slow too much to take too many pictures. And with this road I was more worried about keeping up a pace (albeit very slow) than with taking pictures. I stopped going up this road at the real off camber hill climb and we turned back. But here's a familiar site for you folks who have run the back way to Crown King, Arizona: But we came from the opposite direction, from behind the CK rock. Again, I found out what my stock KJ could really do on this road, but alas didn't take enough pics. Only when I didn't have to pay too much attention to the road. Like these two probably further up past a few obstacles: Man you can see almost forever in Arizona: The play area, I think: Pushing on: Some ruins: Looking back: Another look down the canyon: Once we topped out in town, we stopped at the store, eyehatetofu bought some fudge, I bought a sticker; then we headed toward Hazlett Hollow campground for the night. On our way to camp: Some awesome views to be had on the way there: And on the way back the next morning, but that's a different story: Once at camp (no pictures), we drank a few beers, talked a lot, had a tiny injun fire, cooked over it, then camped. I had a good time. Learned a lot about my Jeep and my abilities to drive, er almost wheel it. As they say, it's all about wheel placement. I just wish I would have gotten more pictures of the ride up, because even the 'bypasses' were pretty rough. And then there was the biggest obsticle of all just before the 'lunch spot'. Eyehatetofu said it was good I didn't take pictures of how we got through that one; he said I would have given the environazi's more ammo. Hell it was only a tree fallen across the road. I found out that my chainsaw was dull, but with a bit of sawing, tossing, and strapping the rest out of the way . . . . we were on our way. There was no way I was going back once I was that far. Oh yeah, we met one of them new fangled Trail Hawks heading down just after the other road (FR193?) may have joined the trail. The only Everytrail track I took on this trip: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2785428
  18. My original plans had me heading to Wickenburg and camping just outside of (or somewhere near) town on Monday, then meeting up with whoever wanted to go exploring for a couple of nights between Wickenburg and Crown King; I posted these plans over at http://virtualjeepclub.com. I thought about meeting on Tuesday, April 29, exporing and camping somewhere (because there's a lot of roads) ending at Crown King on April 30, then I was to skip over to SoCal to meet some old friends before heading back to AZ on Sat, May 3. However, stage 1 fire restrictions (meaning no campfires in dispersed areas) came into play so I just did a quick trip to Wickenburg, got a motel and then a meetup in Wickenburg for a one day run up to Crown King and then to Blythe for the night of Apr 30. That said, heading out of Packsaddle the next morning: Not very good, but an obligitory flower picture: More views: All the time I lived in Arizona, I saw a place called "Nothing" on the map. And here it is. And yes, there's Nothing there. I guess there used to be a gas station, long closed:
  19. Once in Beatty, I took a side trip to the Rhyolite Ghost town, on the way up and over on NV 374: And Rhyolite. Took quite a few there switching between color, B&W, and sepia mode: I don't know why, but I wasn't quite 'on my game' in taking pictures this trip; or actually lucky as I should put it. This is about the best pictures I took the whole trip however, the fact that it came out somewhat out of focus just adds to the fact that I was using sepia mode on my camera, giving a truly 'old timey' look: Now, that's quite enough of Rhyolite. Afterwards I hightailed it south because I wanted to camp this night up near Packsaddle camp area north east of Chloride, AZ. But before I left, I did take a picture of this dude sitting on the ceramic sofa at the geocache called "Just sit here" in Rhyolite: Entering Arizona (always gotta get one of the sign): A few miles south of Hoover dam, and north of the Chloride turnoff is the road to Packsaddle. Mmmm, dirt. Heading up on BLM land towards the higher country: A road winds through and up it: What's this? Leftover snow?: Awesome views that can be had from most high places in Arizona: And home for the night, Sunday, April 27, 2014:
  20. The next morning, I pushed on south on US95: Now between Hawthonre, NV and about Beatty, NV there's quite a few towns with interesting 'stuff' to see; some ghost towns, some not so ghost: Mina, Tonopah, and Goldfield are some of the names, but there's old stuff scattered all along US95 in that stretch of road: Some places, it's just a lonely highway through the desert: This is probably just before Tonopah, as it looks like there's a larger town in the background: And this: Yup, Tonopah: More lonely highway. Yeah, not really Jeeping, but everyone loves a good road trip, don't they?: Here's a few in Goldfield: Don't know why, but I love them old courthouses: And a bit more Goldfield: This is just one real original/weird looking house on the south end of Goldfield, built out of rocks: "On a long and lonely highway, south of Tonopah . . . . ":
  21. So, here I go the next morning heading out OR78 towards Nevada: I like the lonesome roads: After joining up with US95 south, entering Nevada: I went through Winnemucca and Fallon, NV but as I got closer to where I would be going to Aurora, NV, the high country didn't look too good: The turnoff to Aurora was south of Hawthorne, NV however, there's a few nice things to take pics of near Walker Lake, north of Hawthorne: By the time I got to Hawthorne, it was pretty windy and cold even down low, and it looked like there was snow on them thar hills in the high country as one of my previous pictures showed. I took a look at my saved Google terrain map in Oruxmaps and checked where Aurora sat. Over 6000' in elevation, so I decided to just stay at a very nice motel in Hawthorne. I stayed there once before in 2008~ish. It's run by some very nice folks and the room was only $40. It's called the Holiday Lodge and for that $$ I got free WiFi, has a micro and fridge, and in room coffee. If you are a five star traveler forget it but if you're a road tripping prefer to camp out and spend as little $$ when not camping like me; it is an awesome place. And no, I am not being paid by these folks, it is only because I had such good value for my $$ both times now. And here is my room, lol, via a 360:
  22. This is long and I tried to post it about a week ago but some of the pic links got screwy. But the heck with it, here goes . . . . Well, here I go, another road trip report. April 25, 2014 - May 10, 2014. Washington -> Oregon -> Nevada -> Arizona -> California -> Arizona -> Utah -> Idaho -> Oregon -> and back home. There won't be any of Washington, nor of Idaho and Oregon on the way home and only took a couple in Utah, since I have already taken plenty pics on those roads. At the outset, I planned on motelling in Burns, OR the first night, then finding the ghost town of Aurora, NV the second, perhaps visiting Gold Point and Rhyolite, NV on my way to camp near Chloride, AZ the third. Then it was to be off to explore the back country between Wickenburg and Crown King, AZ for a night or three; camping along the way. A quick trip to California was planned on May 1-2 to visit some old friends, then I was going to go back to Arizona on May 3 to camp somewhere along the Four Peaks road, then go down to Roosevelt Lake and up the back way to Young, AZ via the Cherry Creek road to see the cabin there and end up at Promontory Butte sometime around May 4. Then head over to Pinetop and camp at Hawley Lake (been camping there for over 40 years, why stop now), head to Tucson to see an old flame, then high tail it back home starting Friday May 9 and arriving home on May 11. I've been a map guy since I was knee high to a grasshopper, so I had most of these 'routes' burned into memory from studying and since I am in the 21st century, I used my Android device to load up offline maps via OruxMaps (and other apps like PDF maps), saved alot of geocaches for offline use with c.geo and off I went! Well, all the best laid plans can always change, and change they did based upon weather conditions, fire restrictions and people problems. So without further ado, let's get to it! Now mind you, I am the master of taking pics out of my widnshield while driving, and that said probably too many of them are highway shots. I headed out of Randle on my way to Burns, OR via Portland and did a quick stop in Sandy for some cash and stuff. Heading further down US 26 here's one shot: Started to get a bit dicey looking towards the top of whatever pass I topped, it did snow; but did not stick: Over on the other side on the Warm Springs Rez, it was just fine: Further down towards Madras and/or Prineville: Between Prineville and Burns, some could be along the road between US 26 and US 20: Just about to Burns: I did end up staying at my motel in Burns as planned. [rant]I just have one thing to say. Do NOT go the the McDonald's there. They shorted my Big Mac by a whole patty and I think they shorted my Qpounder as well with the missing patty from my Big Mac. They were the only place open, and I was starved.[/rant] Now I know why I hate Mickey D's, but they were the only thing open . . . . .
  23. Thanks Larry for the tip. I will be coming down from (hopefully) Aurora, NV. So I may just take that northern loop depending on the time frame. Yes Randle is in some beautiful country, but I really need to dry out sometimes. When green stuff will grow on your outdoor plastic chairs and the inside of the door frames of your car, it's just too durn wet!
  24. That's what I like to do. Welcome to the less than 33's club! Or worse, gasp, a stocker!
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