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We hosted our big annual event for many years at an improved campground near Flagstaff, AZ, and the Cinders OHV. We originally chose that place because it offered shelter from rain, and it has running water, electricity and vault toilets. Offroad Passport paid for the reservations up-front and charged a per-person fee to cover the cost. This year we tried something different, and held the event at Milk Ranch Point on the Mogollon Rim, where there were no amenities other than an amazing view. The camping was free, and Offroad Passport requested a nominal donation to help keep the club going. As we plan future events, we'd like to hear from our members as to which type of venue you prefer. There's nothing that says we can't switch back and forth, or avoid one over the other; but we'd like your feedback. If you know of a place you think would be a great spot for an event, please let us know about it! Improved campground: Primitive camping:
During the the annual event formerly known as the Cinders, we're tentatively leading a hike Saturday morning, if there is any interest. Please let us know if you want to go by posting to this thread. We'll drive to the trail head about 12 miles from camp. The hike is .75 miles in / .75 miles out. From the parking lot, hike downhill for half mile to railroad tunnel trail, then hike .25 miles up very steep hill to tunnel. Return the same way; down very steep slope to main trail, then uphill .5 miles. This is a short, very strenuous hike. History: In the early 1880s, the Arizona Mineral Belt Railroad made plans to cash in on the need for transportation of ore from Globe to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in Flagstaff. The scheme called for a tunnel to be excavated through the Mogollon Rim. The plan was discarded after they twice ran short of funds. Now all that can be seen of the tunnel is a hole in the rock. Important Trail Information: Difficulty: Most Difficult Length, one-way: .25 mi General Description: Lots of history - Native American and US Army skirmishes and an attempted railroad tunnel. Post to this thread to sign up. Meet up: Leave camp at 9:30 AM Saturday Trail Leader: Number 7 Attending: MzPriss johnpa Chersdad Redrock Tonihawk lofreqjeff & Katie