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  1. Original posting date was cancelled and we have re-scheduled for 4/15. This would be for Saturday morning the 15th. We'd like at least 3 vehicles on this one since we're not sure what the trial will look like. Meet spot would be at the intersection of the 188 and 288 at 10am. There is ample parking on the side of the road at this intersection. I hear this is normally a nice easy/mild run. No rock crawling, just a few short rock gardens maybe. It has been mentioned that after the recent rains, there is a huge rut down the middle of the trail within the first .5 mile. So we will see what this looks like as of recent! Should be about 8-10 miles round trip. Most of the time spent at the top exploring and assessing the trail. Meetup: Intersection of the 188 and 288 - 10:00am https://drive.google.com/open?id=10ZOgNgF5SF1kyVQzKEZDZ23zKQo&usp=sharing Trailhead https://drive.google.com/open?id=10ZOgNgF5SF1kyVQzKEZDZ23zKQo&usp=sharing Required: - high clearance truck/suv with a 4x4 "low" range - mud terrain or aggressive all-terrain tires - CB, HAM, Walkie...channel to be determined Other Info: - bring a jacket, plenty of water, and snacks - camera - if you plan to enter the shafts its wise to bring a face mask/respirator - axe/saw for downed trees - recovery gear (obviously) Links https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15804 http://azfj.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=11563&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 Attending: Number7 & Diane OwenB_ T535 JeepUniq
  2. Capitol Reef and Escalante Exploratory trip This loop trip will be reversed if weather demands, group decision will be made on day 2 in boulder. Vehicle Minimums: Meet state legal requirements, (current registration and insurance) Functional seat-belts for each occupant Useable spare tire Suitable recovery points front and rear CB Radio in good working order, ham or other radio types are a plus CB Channel: 4 Ham Simplex Frequency: 146.46 MHz Leader: Gypsy KK6FCF Trails suitable for stock 4x4 vehicles Limited to 8 rigs or 12 people max Day 1 June 13, 2015: Meet in Escalante Utah 6pm at Canyons of Escalante RV Park 495 W Main St Escalante, UT 84726 to set up camp in town. Day 2 June 14, 2015: Break camp at 8am and Head east out of the town of Escalante about 15 miles on highway 12 until mile marker 75. Lower Calf Creek campground is signed on the left. The trail starts at the campground. 3-5 hours round trip. 1-2pm leave to Boulder Utah for lunch. Take Burr Trail to Little Death Hollow for a two day one night backpack. Burr Trail http://s993.photobucket.com/user/joevobucket/media/CapitolReefEscalante/Burr%20Tail%20800x533_zpsg2czs6ds.jpg.html?sort=3&o=7 Trailhead from Boulder Utah, take the Burr trail east. The road is paved and starts on the south side of town. Reset your odometer as you turn off highway 12 on to the Burr Trail. 1.5 miles, you enter BLM land. 2.5 miles, Cattle-guard 6.2 miles, Deer Creek Trailhead and Campground 8.6 miles, Cattle-guard 10.0 miles, The Gulch Trailhead on the right 18.4 miles, signed dirt road on the right indicates Little Death Hollow. (This is the Wolverine Loop Road.) Reset your odometer as you turn on to the dirt road. 5.5 miles, a side road goes off on the right, this goes down Horse Canyon. Stay left on the Wolverine Road 10.7 miles, the Wolverine Trailhead is on the right, continue on the left. 12.7 miles, signed Little Death Hollow trailhead is on the right at an old corral. There is decent camping at the trailhead. Set camp before dark for 3 nights. Day 3 & 4 June 15 & 16 2015: Backpack Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop “DEPENDING ON WEATHER”. Little Death Hollow TH http://s993.photobucket.com/user/joevobucket/media/CapitolReefEscalante/Little%20Death%20Hollow%20Trailhead%20500x386_zpswrelxgl9.jpg.html?sort=3&o=6 Road Trip Ryan Route: Little Death Hollow (3-5 hours) from the trailhead, follow the well-used cow/human trail south east into Little Death Hollow. The first part of the hike is open and wide. Keep an eye out, after about 20-30 minutes, a boulder on the right holds a petroglyph panel. Continuing down, it is wide and easy going. About an hour into the hike, the canyons begins to narrow and twist a bit. Shortly after, an arch high on the left wall is a good landmark. Just down from the arch, the real narrows begin. The canyon settles into a rhythm of short narrow sections with open sections in between. Keep going! It gets better! The narrow sections get longer, and the canyon finally constricts into a true Wingate slot. This slotted section may contain a few large boulders to climb over/under and a few pools. Once the slot opens, it is easy passage to Horse Canyon, where a clear stream flows and the remnants of a water pumping system can be seen on the canyon wall. Horse Canyon (45 minutes) Go up Horse Canyon. An old shack on the left comes into view about 10 minutes up, and a road allows easy walking. 10 minutes or so above the cabin a gringo panel can be spotted on the right, and is worth the 5 minute side trip. It depicts a train. About 45 minutes after leaving Little Death Hollow, Wolverine Creek comes in on the right as an obvious side canyon. Wolverine Creek (3.5-4.5 hours) though not as narrow as Little Death Hollow, Wolverine is narrow and quite pretty, with heavily solution pocketed walls and vibrant colors. You may find a seep about ½ mile up Wolverine, but don't count on it. At the first major junction, go right and stay with the main canyon/trail. The canyon opens, with much petrified wood littering the benches. Contour around to the right along the buttress and back down to the trailhead, or continue due east until you hit the Wolverine Road and follow it back to camp. Day 5 June 17 2015: Break camp at Little Death Hollow and do the Wolverine loop back to the Burr Trail east to the Strike Valley. Two miles into Capitol Reef NP, look for a road heading to the left (northeast). The first mile of this road is passable for 2 WD. Four wheel drive vehicles may drive an additional 2 1/3 mile to a parking area where the trailhead starts. All visitors should sign in at the trail register at the first parking lot. The walk to the trailhead from the 1st lot is easy. (Lat:37.88123 Lon:-111.04579). Round trip .73 miles. Summary: Looking along the Strike Valley at the end of this path is like looking down the back of a gigantic rainbow alligator running all the way from Cathedral Valley in the north to Lake Powell in the south. Be prepared to be awestruck. Strike Valley Overlook http://s993.photobucket.com/user/joevobucket/media/CapitolReefEscalante/Strike%20Valley%20Overlook%20800x600_zps1qf7m5m1.jpg.html?sort=3&o=5 Retrace route back to Burr Trail and take a left heading east and then down the switchbacks to Notom Road and go north to Fruita Campground via SR24, the link is http://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/fruitacampground.htm, there are 71 sites first come first serve which is why we arrive mid-afternoon. Fruita Campground http://s993.photobucket.com/user/joevobucket/media/CapitolReefEscalante/Fruita%20Campground%20285x185_zpsfetvscnp.jpg.html?sort=3&o=4 The Fruita Campground is often described as an oasis within the desert. Adjacent to the Fremont River and surrounded by historic orchards, this developed campground has 64 RV/tent sites and 7 walk-in tent sites, each with a picnic table and fire-pit (walk-in sites have a grill instead of a fire-pit), but no individual water, sewage, or electrical hook-ups. There is a RV dump and potable water fill station near the entrance to Loops A and B. Restrooms feature running water and flush toilets, but no showers. Accessible sites are located adjacent to restrooms. The nightly fee is $10.00 or $5.00 for Golden Age/Senior Pass or Golden Access/Access Pass holders. Open year-round, the Fruita Campground is the only developed campground in Capitol Reef National Park and as a result often fills by early to mid-afternoon during the spring and fall seasons. Sites are first-come, first-served. Site saving is prohibited. Occupants must be present at time of registration. Campground Hosts (located at the beginning of Loop A) are available to assist you during the summer season. They do not take reservations. Set up camp for 2 nights at Fruita Campground and relax, or explore nearby Cohab Canyon from Fruita Trailhead. Fruita Trailhead http://s993.photobucket.com/user/joevobucket/media/CapitolReefEscalante/Cohab%20Saddle%20Trail%20338x450_zpssj3zudyt.jpg.html?sort=3&o=3 To reach the trailhead, go past the Capitol Reef visitor center 1.3 miles on the scenic drive. The Cohab Canyon trail is signed. Find parking where you can. There are a few spots along the road. Hickman Bridge Trailhead (if doing a through hike, leave a vehicle here) From the Visitor Center, travel east on Highway 24 about 2 miles to the signed Hickman Bridge trailhead on the north (left) side of the road (mile post 81.2). There is a pit toilet here. Route WAYPOINTS: Fruita Trailhead 12S 478465mE 4237200mN Hickman Trailhead 12S 480085mE 4237866mN Junction 12S 479459mE 4237548mN The trail near the saddle From the Fruita trailhead, climb the steep Cohab Canyon trail for about 25-30 minutes to where it tops out and drops into Cohab Canyon. The saddle here offers amazing views of Boulder Mountain, Fruita, and other areas west of the park. The trail now begins descending the very colorful and featured Cohab Canyon. The Wives, a series of short technical canyons come in on the right hand side. Wandering up any of the side canyons as far as possible can make a nice diversion. 15 or so minutes from the saddle, as Cohab Canyon becomes wide and open, is a trail junction. Left (north) makes a nice side trip to an overlook of Highway 24 and the Fruita area (20 minutes round trip), while right becomes the Frying Pan trail and eventually reaches Cassidy arch. Go straight, which reaches the Hickman Bridge trailhead in 15-20 minutes. If not doing this as a through hike, the trail junction makes a good turn around spot to return to the Fruita trailhead. Day 6 June 18 2015: “DEPENDING ON WEATHER” Sulphur Creek - Capitol Reef This is a through hike so we will shuttle as needed. Start Trailhead http://s993.photobucket.com/user/joevobucket/media/CapitolReefEscalante/Sulphur%20Creek%20338x450_zps0bryc21z.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2 The hike starts at the Chimney Rock trailhead. This is west on highway 24 out of the visitor center about 3 miles. The Chimney Rock trailhead is well signed on the right side of the road. (This is at milepost 76.4.) Route WAYPOINTS: Trailhead 12S 473384mE 4240825mN Main Canyon 12S 473400mE 4239553mN Last Waterfall 12S 476209mE 4238091mN Exit Trailhead 12S 477127mE 4238168mN Moenkopi Walls -- Sulphur Creek From the Chimney Rock trailhead, cross the road and head down the wash on the other side. A park sign indicates the visitor center is 5 miles. As you start down, you are passing through Moenkopi Format, the dark red layers that surround you. When the side drainage meets up with Sulphur Creek proper, turn left and head down stream. In this early section, you can usually keep your feet dry criss-crossing the stream, but you almost certainly will get your feet wet in the lower section. As the gorge deepens, you will notice the Goosenecks overlook high on the left, usually with tourists looking down. Shortly past the overlook, the canyon changes in a big way, dropping into White Rim Sandstone, the oldest in the park, and narrowing. This is punctuated by the first waterfall. Pass it on the right, carefully climbing past the old dead log and down-climbing a crack on the other side. (Class 3) Stunning! Now in the White Rim Sandstone, the canyon stays narrow and well sculpted. Continue down to a second waterfall. This one is also bypassed on the right. The final obstacle comes down-stream at the third and final waterfall. This one can be down-climbed by small ledges on the left, depending on how high it is flowing, or backup and exit around it on a social trail on the right. The social trail traverses quite a way before re-entering, so if possible, down-climb the falls. The pool at the bottom is likely the deepest water you will encounter. Once past the falls, the White Rim Sandstone subsides, and it is an easy and short hike down to the visitor center. Day 7 June 19 2015: Optional day. Take scenic drive down to Golden Throne Capitol Reef or join me for a day of canyoneering with Jim Howe, a local outfitter in Torrey. Here is his contact info, INFO@REDROCKADVENTUREGUIDES.COM Phone Steve Howe 435-425-3339 or Jennifer Howe 435-425-3330. From the Capitol Reef Visitor Center, follow the Scenic Byway. At about 1.6 miles is the pay booth. At 7.9 miles, go left down the well signed Capitol Gorge road. There is a nice picnic area here. Follow the Capitol Gorge dirt road about a mile to its end at the trailhead, and another nice picnic area. The trailhead starts on the west side or the parking, on the left as you drive in. Route WAYPOINTS: Trailhead 12S 485170mE 4229067mN Viewpoint 12S 483605mE 4229606mN Indian Paint brush along the trail http://s993.photobucket.com/user/joevobucket/media/CapitolReefEscalante/Indian%20Paintbrush%20338x450_zpsrz1fyqwa.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1 Follow the trail as it quickly gains elevation above Capitol Gorge. The first 10-15 minutes is the steepest, then the trail levels a bit and it meanders in and out of side canyons, always climbing. The Golden Throne is visible through this section on the right. About an hour from the trailhead the end of the trail is reached, with stunning views of the Golden Throne to the north/east, Boulder Mountain to the south/west, and the Henry Mountains off in the distance to the east. There is a great overlook of Capitol Gorge for a break, return the same way. Day 8 June 20 2015: Break camp and head south on Scenic Drive to Pleasant Creek Road which will take us through some great back-country to Highway 12 north of Boulder and Escalante. Camp or hotel in Escalante to finish our loop. All American Highway 12 http://s993.photobucket.com/user/joevobucket/media/CapitolReefEscalante/SR12%20800x533_zpssxid7nr0.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0 Day 9 June 21 2015: Optional. Leave Escalante and start heading home or do a day of canyoneering with Excursions of Escalante. Rick Green is the outfitter and also Commander of SAR for Escalante. They normally have an 8:30am start but it has to be arranged the day before. The contact info is 125 E Main St, Escalante, UT 84726, Phone 435-826-4714. I plan on spending another week or so in the Escalante area doing Red Breaks, Escalante River, Big Horn, a 2/3 day 1/2 night backpack in Coyote Gulch and some local canyoneering with Excursions of Escalante. Again this is an exploratory trip so these dates are not hard fast. I am not a guide and many of these areas I have not visited before, so hike, backpack, off-road and canyoneer at your own risk. Thanks for taking a look.
  3. Sorry for the short notice. A friend and I just decided to take this trip a couple days ago. Crossing at San Luis First night camping in Guadalupe Canyon Second night camping near San Felipe or Puertocitos Third night at Gonzaga Bay with a trip to Cocos and maybe Catavina Fourth night? Fifth night at Mikes sky ranch Drive home Sunday Total exploratory trip with lots of fish tacos and cold cervezas. Mostly beach camping
  4. Cat-Dog and I are doing some hiking, exploring and easy 4-wheeling this Sunday (7/15) on Mt. Lemmon (near Tucson). First, we are going to do a short 1-2 mile hike up in the cool pines along a trail to a ridge line a friend of mine knows. Then it's off to try to find Apache Camp. I discovered this site while studying one of the old topo maps of the Tucson area. This camp is down the Control Road (the backside of Mt. Lemmon). The Control road is high-clearance truck rated, the very short 4WD trail to Apache Camp should be easy. Not sure what we'll find there, most likely just some foundations, but you never know... After that, we'll head down the Control road toward Oracle. If we have time, we are going to do some more exploring in the Rice Peak and/or Campo Bonito Area. There are a few trails we haven't been on out there. Again, I am expecting these trails to be easy. We are meeting at the McDonald's at Catalina Hwy and Tanque Verde at 7 am on Sunday and expect to be back in town before 5 pm. Rain forecast is 40%. Crossing fingers. Mt. Lemmon Passes are required (they can be bought at the gas station near the McDonald's) This should be a laid back, relaxing adventure (unless we get hit by a big monsoon :-). Love to have anyone come along. Let me know if you're interested in joining us.
  5. I'm watching the 10 day forecast .... may do an impromptu run up Cherry Creek Road on 09-Dec (Fri) and camp either on Cherry Creek Road or head back west and camp at the DuPont Cabin ... If the travel is slow, then may camp 2 nights .......
  6. Roadtrip On the way to Mojave Rd. from PHX, AZ February 17, 2011 We're leaving Phoenix a day early for The Mojave Road to do some sightseeing on the way there. The itinerary is something of a 'Sploratory nature, and goes something like this: Thursday Morning: Drive from PHX, through Parker, AZ on CA SR 62 where we'll leave the pavement and go up Cadiz Road. Attractions include Danby Dry Lake processing works, Cadiz Dunes, Chubbuck Mine (Explosives Bunker), Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, Marble Mountain Fossil Beds, views. From the intersection of Cadiz & Amboy Roads we'll go west a little ways to the Amboy Crater Road to check out a volcano. Then we'll take the Kelbaker Road up through Kelso to explore the Railroad Depot before we go to Baker where we'll fuel up and go on to meet our party at Afton Canyon sometime Friday afternoon. Most likely we will camp Thursday night unless a hotel or KOA makes more sense. This is a come what may adventure, so bring lunch & snacks, and be prepared to cook dinner in camp if needed. Meet: 12PM @ Terrible Herbts in Parker (Just past the corner of Hwy 95 & Hwy 62). CB Channel 4 Sign up here! Attending: Number 7 & dzJeepchic JKGoose ducksface (joining us in/around Parker?) Gearhead (tentative)
  7. I was in Centralia about a month ago and didnt know it and didnt have time to explore the area. So, I am planning a trip this month to go down again with more time to explore and maybe get some wheeling in. For those who dont know, Centralia was a coal mining town back in the 50's and 60's and due to a mine fire that has never been put out. PA tried to close the area and evacuate the people living there, to this day there are still a hand full of people still living there in their homes. May 22, 2010 Centralia, PA trip I will be at the first service plaza south of RT87 Exit 23 I will also be monitoring channel 16 on the CB and FRS radio My handle is "bandit" give a holler when you are close I am planning on arriving at that plaza about 0700, but I will wait 30 min from the time I arrive or 0730 what ever is longer. the route I am taking is from Albany area it is 87S to 84W then 81S to Exit 119 on 81S. Once at exit 119, I will pull over and wait about 30 min again to see if anyone else arrives. Apx time for exit 119 should be about 1130-1200. Again once to exit 119, I will monitor channel 16 on the radios. If all goes to plan, I should reach 81S in Scranton, PA about 0930. As I drive I will flip between 16 and 19 on the CB if you want to join us on the road. The only other stop will be for fuel either in Scranton or the town we go through on our way to Centralia. I look forward to this trip as the more I look up and read up on the town the more excited I get. It will be nice to be able to take the time to explore and know i am in the town or whats left of it. copy and paste the following list and add your info Trip list: Bandit1-XJ with Cell, CB, and FRS for commo
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