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  1. A small group and I just completed a Casner Mountain run. We had some warm but enjoyable weather all day. It was good to see some familiar faces and meet some members for the first time. I enjoyed teh day out and hop eevery one else did too. A big shout out to @MzPriss and Bill for tail-gunning, I appreciate it! Those in attendance were: @MzPriss @LaZorraRoja @Sputternutz @Dcoleaz The road to the Casner Mountain trail was pretty uneventful. Casner Mountain trail itself was a little different. The road to the gate was indicator of things to come. Lots of wash outs, ruts and pretty rocky to the gate. Along the way we were joined by a whole bunch of grasshoppers that made themselves known. They liked hanging out on my windshield and side windows, which wound up creeping my wife out. 🤣 The switchbacks on the way up are pretty chewed up, rocky and rutted in multiple places now. It was still a fun ride up to the top with views that were good indicators of teh elevation gains we were making. Because of the conditions I kept the pace a little slower and kept a better eye on the turns. Once at the top we stopped and took in the views, all of which are amazing. The ride along the ridge-backs that divide Sycamore Canyon on the west from the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness on the east always has some spectacular views. We stopped along the way and took in the views directly across from Sycamore Point. Overall once we got up top the trail is in relatively good shape, nothing too challenging. Once we reached the end of Casner we meandered our way across FR 538 where we found a nice shady spot near Power Tank for lunch. We had lunch there while being serenaded by a herd of cows that were hanging out. After lunch we made our way out across multiple trails through various types of terrains finally taking FR 237 and ending at I-17 early in afternoon. Thanks again to those who joined us today!
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    Camp Verde To Mogollon Rim Overland Style Run Friday June 16th & Saturday June 17th Primitive Tent Camping | No Facilities Join me for 2 days and approximately 105 miles of exploration on this overland style run. This route will take us from Camp Verde to the Mogollon Rim where we will camp. I have pieced this together using various trails in the area. Most of these trails are easy to moderate based on my research, nothing too technical is involved. There some rocky two track sections mixed for good measure. Extra fuel is not necessarily required, however, if you have the ability to bring some it is worth considering doing so. Note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options → Run details and sign ups can be found here.
  3. DATE CHANGED FROM SATURDAY 5/20 to SUNDAY 5/21! Join us for a challenging climb up to an incredible scenic overlook and abandoned asbestos mine. This moderate rated trail runs through a burned area and is therefore prone to washouts, large eroded ditches, and inconveniently placed boulders and downed trees. It's also extremely narrow in places, so no full-size rigs please. Note: This is our second 2023 run on this trail, members that were on the standby list for the first trip have sign-up priority for this one. Click here for the trip report from our last attempt... Details & sign-up click here... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  4. Join me for a short day run on the moderate 4x4 trail "Crapshoot" in the Table Mesa area. This loop should make for some great views of the current spring bloom. Most stock high-clearance 4x4's with a low-range option on the transfer case can make this trail, though sway-bar disconnects and a small lift are recommended and will make things much easier. Total newbies may be intimidated by some of the steep loose climbs and small ledges, but folks with even a little experience on moderate trails should be fine. Click here for details or to sign-up... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
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    We are going to do some exploration around the Apache Maid and Cedar Flats trails. We will be camping on Saturday at the Buckhorn Cabin and ranch area. Planning on making it to make camp early in the afternoon so we can set up, explore the area and relax. I am putting trails and other stuff together soon. Details and sign-ups are available here...
  6. Join me for a day run up the iconic Backway to Crown King, a Jeep Badge of Honor trail and local favorite. We'll spend 5-6 glorious hours on the trail, including lunch, and stop for a drink and/or meal in the famous town of Crown King! Trail Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult - This trail "changes" all of the time depending upon wear/weather. There are multiple (7) obstacles, all but 1 (to my knowledge) have a bypass. The obstacles range from mild to wild, making this the ultimate "choose your own adventure" trail in the Valley. Click here for details & to RSVP... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  7. Join us for a fun run through Box Canyon in Florence, AZ (not to be confused with Box Canyon in Wickenburg). Box Canyon is the highlight of this trail ride providing southern access to the popular trail system just north of Box Canyon and Florence, Arizona commonly referred to as, "Florence Junction." Driving through Box Canyon is a wonderful scenic introduction to the area and is a very popular trail. Click here for details & to RSVP... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
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    We are planning a 'fluid' trip to Baja Mexico lasting 10 to 14 days. The rough plan is to meet in San Felipe, then drive 2 or 3 days to Loreto, and spend a couple, 3 or 4 days checking out that area before making our way back. On the way home we are going to stop off at however many points of interest along the Sea of Cortez as we have time for. Details and Sign Up Here... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
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    Come explore KOFA Wildlife Refuge for 3 days, 2 nights and approximately 125 miles(Actual Mileage TBD) of exploration on this overland style run. This run will take us through some amazing parts of the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge. We'll wind up at the Hovatter homestead Saturday night then head north to the I-10 on Sunday. This scenic area is known for wildlife and old mines & cabins from the mining glory days. Click here for details & to RSVP... Note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  10. Join us for a moderately challenging climb up to an incredible scenic overlook and abandoned asbestos mine. The trail runs through a burned area and is therefore prone to washouts, large eroded ditches, and inconveniently placed boulders and downed trees. Click here for details & to RSVP... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  11. We're interested in exploring the many pristine beaches along the Sea of Cortez, from San Felipe to Loreto in Baja de California, Mexico. We would be posting this as a ORP Club trip limited to 5 or 7 vehicles including leaders. We expect to be gone a week to 10 days, depending on what the group decides. This will be posted as easy 4x4, but will be required to have recovery points and some lift. EDIT: Looking at this more closely together, @Number7 and I think we would prefer to only go as far down the coast to about El Colorado, if that far, going from San Felipe to 2 or 3 other beach 'campos', and mostly hanging out, before heading back the same way. If we altered the trip to less distance, and 4 - 5 nights of beach camping (gone 7 days max) would you still be into going @alexshel44 & @shellback91 We are researching all the beach camps and hotels along the way for prices and amenities. Crossing the US Border We plan to cross the US Border into Mexico in Mexicali. We will stay together as a group until everyone is through the border and visa office. You will need a US Passport or a US Passport Card We will check in at the border to buy the required visas (depends on number of days we decide to stay) San Felipe - what Rocky Point used to be From there we'll go down to San Felipe for the night, either camp or get rooms at one of the many places to choose from. https://en.sandollarresort.com/ The next day we'll embark upon our journey to discover lazy days and fish tacos at pristine deserted beaches. We will explore along the coast each day until we decide where to stop for the night. There are camp sites and little hotels all along the way. If we decide just to stay a whole day and swim, we will. We'd like the trip to be fluid, and take shape along the way rather than have a set agenda. Some of the campos and points of interest: Leave San Felipe and drive MX Hwy 5 south along the sea of Cortez, stopping along the way at cool places. We will at times take dirt roads to beach coves. Several we've noted in google maps: Bahia Santa Maria Jenny's Beach Resort https://chenowthlegacylodge.com.mx/ After more consideration of this trip, the points of interest below are further than we intend to travel this time: San Francisquito Bahia de los Angeles Daggets Camp ground has palapas with fire pits, and there's running water and hot showers (I have found that there are many campos with showers and toilets in various states of repair) Bahia de los Angeles Museum Puerto San Francisquito Playa del Barril Bahia Concepcion Homeward Bound On the way home we can either go back the way we came, or we can take MX Hwy 1, which goes along the Pacific coast to Ensenada and Tijuana. We can talk about this before going and come up with a plan. There is not a lot that I want to see on the pacific side per se, but I'm not completely adverse to returning that way. The area around Ensenada is noted to be very beautiful. If someone wants to go on this trip but they can't be gone that long, they could go back early with another member. So if you want to go home early, pair up with someone who also wants to leave early. We'd prefer if everyone stays in pairs at least! Considerations: ~You will need Mexican pesos to buy things and tip people. There are several easy ways to obtain them: Purchase pesos at the border - usually fees and higher than going exchange rate I opened a WISE account, moved some US Dollars into it, and converted them into MX Pesos at the going rate for a very low conversion fee. When I get to the MX border, I'll go to a regular ATM to pull out pesos, and I'll use my WISE debit card wherever I can for food, gas, etc. You can buy pesos from your bank if you have a debit account at one of the big national banks such as Chase, Wells Fargo, BofA, etc. ~We will be monitoring US Travel advisories and news from Baja prior to the trip, and will cancel/postpone in the event it's not safe to go. Post in this thread if you'd be interested in going Interested: @Number7 & @dzJeepChic @alexshel44 @shellback91 @ob1jeeper @Ken Ford @Goose
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    Explore the famous and historic Bradshaw Trail in Southern California with us, an 80 mile overland-style journey through some gorgeous landscapes. We'll check out some historic sites, explore the Chuckwalla Mountains, and drive through the amazing Red Canyon. DETAILS & RSVP HERE Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options → THE JOURNEY 3 days, 2 nights Overall mileage is 104 miles Our trip will take us from Blythe, CA to Chiraco Summit, CA We will take a range of roads that span the spectrum of surface types, including pavement, gravel, soft and deep sand, and rock TRAIL INFORMATION Difficulty Rating: Easy Trail Condition Concerns: Deep soft sand (chief concern) Washboards & Washouts Steep moderate climb out of Red Canyon - possible off-camber Possible UXO (unexploded ordinance) south of the main Bradshaw Trail - that is the Chocolate Mountain gunnery range. Any metal object found in the dirt in that area should be assumed to be explosive. REQUIREMENTS DRIVER REQUIREMENTS Trip is suitable to all experience levels Willingness to commit to significant seat time with us A cool head and a positive attitude VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS Trip is suitable to any high-clearance 4x4 with LOW RANGE Trip is suitable for overland-style offroad-trailers All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance) & have functional seat-belts for each occupant Must have suitable recovery points front and rear Must have quality, durable, aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires Must have an operational GMRS radio or Ham Radio capable of GMRS frequencies Must have a full-size spare tire
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    Enjoy a fun loop around the San Francisco Peaks on this 1-night overland-style trip through the Coconino National Forest Full details & and sign-ups here! Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  14. Mogollon Rim- 7-16-22 - Easy To Moderate My wife and I will be in Payson 7-15 through 7-17 escaping the summer heat. She is not a camping person so we are staying at a hotel in town. There are camping spots all over up there if you want to camp Friday(7-15) or Saturday night or both nights. My plan is to run a few easy Mogollon Rim trails on 7-16 while we are up there. I want to revisit the area and check out some cabins, one of which is a short hike off one of the trails. If my math is correct we are looking at about 60 miles total. These are mainly easy trails where, based on prior experience, we can make good time. Here's the trails I have mapped out. Rim Road- I am starting on the East side off of HWY 260. This will be run West to the next trail. Cabin Loop Trail- We will run a good portion of this trail over to the next trail. FR 139G- We will run this short 2 mile trail south. Per TrailsOffroad there is an old homestead next to Aspen Spring that is worth checking out. They say the hike is easy and less than a 1/2 mile(one way) off this trail. Dick Hart Ridge- The previous trail ends here so we will continue south until this trail ends at Rim Road(FR 300) Rim Road- We will run this West to HWY 87 from where Dick Hart Ridge ends. . Meet-Up & Departure: Time: 0830 at the Rim Road trailhead off of Hwy 260. (Old Rim Road Visitor Center) There is an area there for all of us to stage up and air down. If folks want to meet 30 minutes earlier I am open to that as well. Depart NLT 0900 Google Map here. No service stations near by, recommend to top off off in or around Payson on the way in. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION This trip is subject to cancellation or postponement due to rain, fire, inclement weather or $10 a gallon gas.🤣 Communications: GMRS - Channel 20 (462.675 MHz) Other Considerations: Plenty Of Water & Food (pack a lunch and snacks!) Dress for the weather. Folding chairs Sunscreen Camera Emergency supplies / Med Kit No facilities, plan accordingly DRIVER & VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS This trail is suitable for beginner for 4x4 enthusiasts. Be advised there is a good mix of terrain including but not limited to some mild off camber sections and loose rock in various spots. Vehicle Minimums: All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance) Each vehicle must have a GMRS or HAM Radio in good working order Have functional seat-belts for each occupant Must have suitable recovery points front and rear High-clearance 4x4's with low-range 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires SIGN-UPS Post a reply in this thread saying you'd like to go and I'll put you on the roster! I am setting it at 10 including me for now. Once the limit is reached, anyone asking to sign-up will be placed on the standby list. Please don't hesitate to sign-up as a standby because people often do drop-out so you may get to still go. @shellback91 & Mrs. shellback91 @Large_Marge @Ken Ford @ZR2-Ben @English Al @Jbjr Standby
  15. Experience the famous Perseid Meteor Shower from near 6,000 ft! Our trip will include a daylight drive to the top of a mountain where we will be able to enjoy sunset in one of the most beautiful areas in the state. Once the sun has gone down and the stars have revealed themselves, we will be treated by the Perseid Meteor Shower, which happens to peak that night. Once we've taken in the views, we'll do a fun night run back to the staging area. CLICK HERE for full details and RSVP Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
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    The last adventure around Mammoth was so much fun, we're doing it again for those that missed it! Saturday & Sunday we'll hit a total of 3 to 4 very scenic moderate-rated trails including the famous Tucson Wash. Saturday night will be primitive tent camping near one of the trails. There's an optional extra trail on the way home Sunday (rated difficult). Full details & RSVP here... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  17. Natural springs in the low desert, petroglyphs, stone cabins, narrow canyons, and beautiful views - how much more could you pack into a single day run! Details and RSVP here... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  18. Cherry Creek is a 41 mile run through the Sierra Anchas that spans a range of geographies from mountain pine to low desert. This trip is considered a bit of a swan song for the trail as it is slated to be closed by the Forest Service via their recent Travel Management Plan. We have a short span of time where running the trail is still allowed. Details & RSVP Here (repost)... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options → TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Exploratory Experience driving difficult trails recommended. Trail gains its rating for the following reasons: Off camber: mild to extreme Possible high water crossings Narrow shelf roads Trail/switchback washouts guaranteed Potential for body damage Vehicle Minimums: All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance) & have functional seat-belts for each occupant Must have suitable recovery points front and rear Rock sliders/rocker protection Skid plate protection of important components Flexy suspension with sway bar disconnects High-clearance 4x4 with low-range 33"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tire Each vehicle must have a GMRS or Ham Radio in good working order Vehicle Recommendations: Winch, aftermarket differential covers, high-clearance metal bumpers, low axle gearing, 4:1 transfer case, 35"+ tires. Spare fuel if you have a thirsty rig (trail is only 40 miles, but there is only 1 shot at refueling in Roosevelt before you hit a long, dead stretch of highway home). Driver Requirements: Experience on difficult trails is a plus A cool head and a positive attitude
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    Red Creek is an amazing hidden desert oasis only about 90 minutes from Cave Creek, AZ. Join us on this unique moderately difficult 4x4 trail that runs right through the creek. We'll tent camp where the the canyon collides with the Verde River, enjoying the relaxing sounds of running water and the beauty of several large oak trees. After leisurely breaking camp the next morning, we'll travel the same route in reverse to exit. Full details & RSVP here... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
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    Join us for an epic 2-day overland adventure across the famous Devil's Highway in southern Arizona! Details & RSVP here... Note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
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    Spend a week exploring a range of exciting & scenic trails throughout Moab, Utah - the Mecca of the 4x4 world! Details & RSVP here... Note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
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    Join me for 3 days, 2 nights and approximately 145 miles of exploration on this overland style run. This route will take us from the south end of the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge to the north where we'll wind up on I-10 Sunday. This scenic area is known for wildlife and old mines & cabins from the mining glory days. Details & RSVP here... Note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  23. Thursday last week George @Number7 and I attended a Bullhead 4 Wheelers trailride. There was a large turnout for a 3.5 out of 5 rated trail; turns out there were bi-passes to the really tough obstacles. When I read the trail description to him, G was all in: The trail begins just east of Moss Back Mine. Narrow passage requiring side wall traction. Frequent large rocks in difficult terrain. Low range 4WD required in sections. Obstacles could result in body damage. Some obstacles will require traction devices. 😎 Click here for My pics Doug our leader did a demo of the most technical section. I thought G would gracefully bow out, but he didn't. Continued...
  24. Rescheduled Run Sat 9/18/2021: Montana Mountain Loop: Near Gold Canyon, AZ: Easy to Moderate (Photo credit https://funtreks.com) Join me on a 29 mile scenic high-mountain loop in the East valley. Montana Mountain - This trail rated Easy to Moderate. Heading up there are some steep and narrow parts that could be rutted depending on recent weather. There are some switchbacks on the east side coming down. 4 Low is recommended for this section to help control descent speed. GPX files: I have my own as well that I based off TrailsOffroad. If you 'd like that one as well let me know and I will add it. From Trails Offroad From FunTreks State Trust Land Permit Required Get it here: https://land.az.gov/applications-permits MEET-UP: 09:00 AM near the OHV parking lot near the trailhead. This is a big dirt lot so we can find a spot for all of us to stage up and air down. 33.27601, -111.27635 Google Map here. No service stations near by, recommend to top off off in Gold Canyon on the way in. Rough Itinerary Air down and depart meet up location NLT 09:30. Total time to complete the run is listed at approximately 5-6 hours(Depending on how may stops we make etc.) so we should be aired up by mid-afternoon. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION This trip is subject to cancellation or postponement due to rain or inclement weather. Communications: GMRS - Channel 20 (462.675 MHz) Ham - 146.460 MHz NOTE: I use GMRS primarily. If we are going to have a mix of GMRS & HAM we can coordinate comms at meet up. Other Considerations: Plenty Of Water & Food (pack a lunch and snacks!) Bring a jacket or warm clothing, we will be climbing to over 5,400 feet. Folding chairs Sunscreen Camera Emergency supplies / Med Kit No facilities, plan accordingly DRIVER & VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS This trail is suitable for beginner for 4x4 enthusiasts. Be advised there are a few steep climbs with loose rock and some mild off-camber areas. Our descent will be down the switchbacks on the east side where engine compression and well-maintained brakes will come in handy. Vehicle Minimums: All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance) Each vehicle must have a GMRS or HAM Radio in good working order Have functional seat-belts for each occupant Must have suitable recovery points front and rear High-clearance 4x4's with low-range 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires SIGN-UPS Pets and long haired freaky people are welcome. 😆 Post a reply in this thread saying you'd like to go and I'll put you on the roster! This is my first time leading so I want to keep the rig count manageable so I am setting it at 9 including me. Depending on who comes I could be talked into adding more. Once the limit is reached, anyone asking to sign-up will be placed on the standby list. Please don't hesitate to sign-up as a standby because people often do drop-out so you may get to still go. Previous attendee's get dibs on the first four spots. Please let me know if you can make it or not. Attending: @shellback91 (Leading) @Trail Toy @AZLugz Mrs. @Trail Toy Stand-by: @SlyDawg
  25. Sorry about the last minute post! We decided to do some maintenance at John desert4x4's memorial before we move in a couple months. This is a run is Sunday, May 2, on Sunflower Mine Trail, but not the loop down in the creek. We're going in/out the moderate way in and out, not the difficult loop through the creek. I'm taking container, and I got some note pads and stuff. We'll do some clean up around the site, trim the bushes and just check on things in general, and have lunch there. Returning the same way we went in. Meet up: 9:30 AM @ Ba'ja Gas Station/Chevron Map Here... (FYI I recommend you fuel up elsewhere as Ba'ja is pricey!) What to Bring: Plenty of water, lunch, snacks, sun-screen, hat, sunglasses, camera, usual trail gear i.e. tools, etc. Trail Conditions & Rig Minimums: The trail is rated moderate due to a few rocky ascents and descents, but is otherwise easy. It is suitable for high-clearance 4x4's with low-range and aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires. Must have suitable recovery points front and rear and CB or Ham Radio in good working order. Trail Leaders: @dzJeepChic & @Number7 Attending:
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