What we're about

About The Group

Founded August 23, 2004.

We welcome four wheel drive enthusiasts who are interested in 4X4 outings, meeting people with various interests, and exploring Arizona. Our outings are challenging, historic, and just plain fun. A 4x4 automobile and a CB radio are required for group membership. Alcohol is not tolerated on trail runs with this group.

We are specific to 4x4 automobiles and do not accept members with quads, side-by-sides, etc. We try to keep similar types of vehicles running together at similar speeds on the trails. There are other local Meetup groups catering to other types of 4x4 vehicles.

We run trails from easy to moderate. If you are looking to tackle the toughest trails Arizona has to offer, a different group might better suit you.

All of our meetings are on the website or on the trail. If you are looking to socialize at a sports bar or restaurant, this is not the group for you.

Some of our trail runs have limited numbers. Once a trail run is full, a waiting list will be generated. Other trail runs are not limited in size and can range up to 20 or 25 vehicles. Our organizers generally do not let trail runs get any larger than that.

Membership Steps

Due to the possible dangers we could encounter on the trail, this group requires a signed liability release form called a Hold Harmless Agreement that we keep on file. Before participating in any group runs, this form must be signed.

1) After you request membership via the Meetup site, you will be a Pending Member and not able to sign up for trail runs yet.

2) I will send you the liability release form for you to sign and return.

3) Once I receive your liability release form, I will accept you as a member and you can start joining us on trail runs.

Note: If I do not receive the liability release form in a timely manner (generally 10- 15 days), I will decline your membership request. Do not be offended if this happens. It's easier for me to keep the pending member list small and organized. If you are removed from being a pending member and you're still interested in joining, you can simply repeat the membership process.

Inactive Member Removal

To save us both some time, please DO NOT request membership to this group if you do not plan to sign the form and be active on our outings. Inactive members will periodically be removed from the group.

To remain an active member, you must:

1) Attend a trail run at least once per year.

2) Visit our web site at least once every six months.

Note: Any member who has not participated in a trail run within the last year or has not visited the group's web site within the last six months will be removed from the member list. This should not be taken as a personal insult, but should be understood as an effort to keep the group free of inactive members. If you receive an e-mail that you have been removed and you want to continue with the group, just head back to the home page and hit "Join Us" again. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact me through the Contact link located below the Organizers list.

Group Organizer,

Will

Upcoming events (2)

Rose Quartz Mine

Baja Gas Station

Meet at the Baja Gas Station at 8:00 a.m. or you can meet us at the Beeline Highway / Bush Highway overpass at 8:30 a.m. Let me know if you are going to wait for us at the overpass.

We will convoy North about 30 miles on the Beeline Highway to the turn off to Rose Quartz Mine trail. The trail is 4.5 miles in with a return on the same trail coming out. There are a couple of somewhat steep descents going in and, of course, a couple of somewhat steep climbs coming out. Current condition of this trail is unknown.

The trail transitions into a wash about 4 miles in. Once in the wash, we'll go up the wash as far as we can. The wash usually has plenty of room for parking and lunch. We'll stop for lunch, look for Rose Quartz (you can take some home), then return to where we started.

After lunch, there will be an optional hike up the difficult hill (see photo) to see the mine close up. This is recommended only for those who are experienced desert hikers. The last time up we were on our hands and knees to reach the top.

Despite the challenges on this trail, this can be done in a stock Jeep with an experienced driver. Good gripping off road tires are highly recommended to navigate the steep slopes. The trail is at times narrow, rocky, rutted, and washed out. It keeps your attention!

As usual, bring along appropriate survival and extraction equipment and supplies: water for you, passengers & vehicle; tools & recovery gear; clothing & footwear suitable for walking about in the desert; lunch & snacks; and, items for your comfort such as chairs, shade, hats & sun protection.

Please note that the weather forecast, wildfires, or other unforeseen events may change our plans at any time, so please check here for updates as the date approaches.

For additional general information refer to the Group's Handbook:
https://files.meetup.com/63127/PEV4x4Handbook.pdf

The PEV4x4 club uses the following for communication:
CB channel 4
HAM simplex frequency[masked]

Log Corral

Baja Gas Station

We'll meet at the Baja Gas station across the Beeline Highway from Fort McDowell Casino and travel north to the Log Corral Trail. Folks from Mesa can meet us at the north bound on-ramp at the intersection of Bush Hwy & AZ 87, Saguaro Lake exit. If you plan to be at Bush Hwy & AZ 87 please post that in the comments section, below.

This is NOT a stock friendly run, driver experience is useful. Rubicons should be fine but should expect to bang up their underside if stock height. Minimum set-up for this run is 33-inch offroad tires with at least 2 inches of lift; tow points front and rear; lockers/limited slip helpful; and, skid plates & rock rails will provide needed protection.

Pin striping paint damage are likely and body damage or mechanical problems have happened. Past events include a broken shock; a dual upper control arm failure; flat tires; several bee stings; winched and cut up a tree that fell & blocked our exit; we had a near rollover; crushed a few plastic bumpers; bent a rear axle; broke a track bar bolt; and, we saw a rattlesnake near the water crossing. All in all an eventful trail for this group!

There is a rock garden that changes with each storm, and may vary from almost easy to extremely challenging. If the water flow from the Bartlett Dam is less than 200 CFS, we may cross the river south of Bartlett Dam and exit via Bartlett Lake Road. Plan B will be to exit the same way we go in.

After lunch at the lake, we will exit by heading back out the way we came in. The run will end where it started on the Beeline Highway.

For a look at a trip from 2014, check out this link:
https://youtu.be/wjz756V3FVk

As usual, bring along appropriate survival and extraction equipment and supplies: water for you, passengers & vehicle; tools & recovery gear; clothing & footwear suitable for walking about in the desert; lunch & snacks; and, items for your comfort such as chairs, shade, hats & sun protection.

Please note that the weather forecast, wildfires, or other unforeseen events may change our plans at any time, so please check here for updates as the date approaches.

For additional general information refer to the Group's Handbook:
https://files.meetup.com/63127/PEV4x4Handbook.pdf

The PEV4x4 club uses the following for communication:
CB channel 4
HAM simplex frequency[masked]

Past events (364)

Dugas Road to the Verde Hot Springs

14414 S Cross L Rd

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