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Last minute ride plan to explore some trail options north of Rt 74 (Carefree Hwy) at mile marker ~8.5. This route will take us through some trail past Hell's Gate and the Castle Hot Springs Resort and back out via N Castle Hot Springs Rd. Route says 38 miles and it is exploratory so not exactly sure what to expect. Meet at[masked], [masked] and be ready to roll out at 8am. I'm not exactly sure how long this will take. Estimating 3 - 4 hours.
Meetup member Jon Sandy has organized this ride to Montana Mountain. This scenic trail is a quick drive from Phoenix. You’ll pass through a beautiful canyon, then climb above 5,000 feet to panoramic desert and mountain views before winding down the mountain with switchbacks to Route 60. The loop begins with well-graded road with some embedded rock. Forest Service road 650 is narrow, steep and sometimes rutted. This is an easy drive, perfect for first time off-roaders or those with stock 4x4 vehicles. If you are new to off-roading there will be members to help you through this drive. We will start from the air-down location on E Hewitt Station Road. The drive terminates at the air-up location adjacent to route 60. We will stop for lunch before we start heading down the mountain. Be advised that there may be some overgrown vegetation that might scratch your paint. Montana Mountain Loop Distance 35.4 miles Estimated Total Loop Time 5 hours Time: Arrive by 8:45 am with driver meeting at 9:00 am Start Location: E Hewitt Station Road staging area [masked], [masked]) Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/46oymhNNNfC2 What to bring: Full tank of fuel, Drinking water, 4x4 vehicle, Good spare tire, CB radio if you have one, Lunch and a Chair Some of this information was obtained from FunTreks. https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/montana-mountain/
UPDATE 3/16/19 - WE ARE WORKING ON A SECOND DATE FOR THIS RIDE. PLEASE CONTINUE TO RSVP TO WAITLIST IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE RIDE. Member Rob Chatton has organized this fun run through the Hassayampa River box canyons followed by stops to see some real Arizona historic locales. Meet Location - ~ 1 mile down S Rincon Road in the 1st Hassayampa Riverbed- look for Sand/Black TJ (monitoring ch-16). Driving directions: - Follow US93 NW from Wickenburg approximately 1.6 miles, turn Right on S Rincon Road and drive 1 mile to large wash area - GPS for meet location on S Rincon is N[masked] / W[masked] Ride Time - 11am to 3:30pm (Drivers meeting 10:50am) Difficulty- Easy expect some water crossings, soft sand, gravel roads, pavement. Some pin stripping possible. What to bring- full tank of fuel, water and snacks, CB, compressor (will air down for sand) We will visit a few different sites including the old Mistake Mine (short walk, good shoes and a flashlight), an old homestead, Octave Graveyard and Stanton Ghost-town (circa 1863). We will continue along Mina Rd/Old Stagecoach Road through to Yarnell and then head back down the US 89.
OFF-ROADING IN SEDONA 2019 Please join us April 14 - 16, 2019 in Sedona for some adventure and trail riding. We will do the popular trails that will take us off pavement to experience the incredible beauty that Sedona is well known for. These trails are wide-open but can be difficult in some spots. There are typically bypasses to avoid difficult areas. WHAT YOU NEED You will need a high clearance 4x4 with aggressive tires. Most stock 4X4’s can do the trails but expect to bottom-out in some areas. You should have a good working knowledge of your vehicles four-wheel drive system and your ride should be well maintained, including good tires and brakes. There are a lot of hills in Sedona and you will be using your brakes aggressively. It is helpful to have a CB radio and be sure to bring plenty of water and any food that you want to consume during the day as I have not planned stops for lunch. PARTICIPATION You may join us for all or part of the planned rides. Sue and I like to keep moving on the trails so we have time to enjoy the evening. The ride timelines are generous and we will probably finish earlier than scheduled. You may choose to break-off and add your own rides for photography or maybe you want to be out on the trail later as the setting sun can enhance the already beautiful scenery. Accommodations (see below) and your meals are on your own. I am only setting a schedule for the rides. So please, feel free to do as you wish when you wish. Here is a link to available Sedona trails: https://www.sedonaredrocktrails.org/OHV/ *** YOU MUST BE A PAID MEETUP MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE *** WEATHER I will cancel my trip if there is substantial rain in the forecast. I’ve been on the Sedona trails in the rain and it is not nearly as fun. RIDE SCHEDULE UPDATE 3/16/19 MANY OF US HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ACQUIRED THE SOLDIERS PASS PERMIT FOR APRIL 15th. I HAVE MODIFIED THE MONDAY SCHEDULE TO START WITH SOLDIERS PASS FOLLOWED BY BROKEN ARROW. ANYONE NOT ABLE TO ACQUIRE THE SOLDIERS PASS PERMIT CAN MEET US AT BROKEN ARROW. DAY 1 (Sunday April 14, 2019) 11am - Red Rock Powerline Trail followed by Greasy Spoon (aka Diamondback Gulch) 5pm - return to hotel DAY 2 (Monday April 15, 2019) 9am - Soldiers Pass followed by Broken Arrow followed by Schnebly Hill (part way up trail and back as time permits) 5pm - return to hotel DAY 3 (Tuesday April 16, 2019) 9am - Outlaw Trail plus stop at Honaki Ruins for tour followed by Oak Creek Homestead (aka Cliffhanger) with hike to cabin at Oak Creek. 4pm - drive back to Phoenix ACCOMMODATIONS Here is where I am staying Sunday and Monday nights: Sedona Cedars Resort 20 N. Highway 89a, Sedona, AZ[masked] We like this hotel because of it has adequate parking, it is within walking location to good restaurants, and their sitting area along Oak Creek just steps behind the hotel is awesome. You will need to make you own reservation at the motel of your choice. SOLDIERS PASS TRAIL PERMIT Soldiers Pass trail requires a permit. USFS issues 15 permits per day to the public. I have successfully acquired a Soldiers Pass permit for April 15, 2019. You can easily complete your application on-line here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/coconino/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fseprd573046&width=full We will work Soldiers Pass into the trip schedule if we get enough permits to go as a group. DISCLAIMER Driving off-road can be dangerous and you are accepting full responsibility for you, your passengers, and your vehicle if you decide to join this ride even if you accept help and/or guidance from other Meetup members while on the trail. There a easier trails in Sedona that you might rather do. It is up to you to evaluate your driving ability and to understand the level of driving proficiency needed for each trail you choose to negotiate.