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Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by 10Cup, Feb 27, 2010.
I kinda like this picture, Craig looks like he is practicing to be an umpire!
Great job Bo....I need to head thataway and get a ride in with ya sometime.
Nice report Bo. Looks like you guys had a nice trip back home.
I enjoyed the visit at Low Gap.
Looks like a great ride, and I love the snake!
Pleasure to meet you Sir!
Great photos Zach! I especially liked this one.
Looked like you had a little bit of everything, swampy, rocky, muddy, nasty! It all looked like good fun. Thanks for postin! It is good to see Craig getting out and riding once in a while. I haven't had the pleasure since Queen Wilhelmena! Still working my way thru the We Don't Rent Pigs Thread. Quite a read!
Great ride report BO, nice pictures and captions to match.That is a neat area to ride in. Hummm, need to get some planning going.
Bob, guess if I have to I could go back and do the "k" trail one more time. I will give you a shout next time. Got some other areas in that neck of the woods I would like to explore.
We sure live in an awesome place to ride.
This is another video of the Buckhorn Creek Trails that I had in the can and I did not want to flush it. mdawg12, TypeSH, and I rode these trails last Saturday.
<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/102897444" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/102897444">Buckhorm Creek 2</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user21245254">Oleary</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
WFOPete and I decided to brave the forecast scorching high in the mid 80’s today (Thursday) and ride up near the Limestone area to check out a trail that I stumbled across the tracks for some time ago. Of course, clever me forgot to load it on my Montana so we were just gonna have to trust my mental picture of it. When I left the house, it was 62F. Thought I was gonna have to turn on my heated grips. I pulled up to the TAT Shak at about 7:45 and found 5 TAT’ers were beginning to stir about. One was from Rhode Island, one from Mississippi, one from Georgia, and two from Tennessee, I think. 2 KTM 690’s, 2 DR650’s and 1 Something Else.
Pete and I headed west and got on Pilot Rock Mtn Rd. A couple of miles down the road I came around a turn to find at least a dozen turkeys having their morning safety meeting in the middle of the road. They scattered before I could get a group photo, though. As we passed Pilot Rock and approached Pilot Knob, I noticed some fog in the valleys so we stopped on Pilot Knob to get a better look. What a view.
Rather than follow Pilot Rock Mtn Rd all the way to Hwy 123, we took a “short cut” on 93204A. It dumps you out a few miles further north on 123 after running through Bowman Hollow. From there we headed north a few miles on 123 to Ft. Douglas and then turned on to CR 5881. Hurricane Creek was pretty low so the long crossing was pretty easy. Sorry about the washed out picture.
CR 5881 comes out at the intersection of Parker Ridge Rd (goes to Deer), City Rd (goes to Limestone) and CR 30 (heads towards Rosetta). We took a right on Parker Ridge Rd. We stopped at the overlook above the switchbacks that gives a good view of the valley that the Big Piney Creek runs through.
That is the road we rode up on about 100’ directly below.
We finally came to our objective today – FR 1202C. DEAD END?.......Well, we will see about that.
1202C runs pretty much due west towards Limestone. The maintained part did end after less than a mile but a 2-track trail continued on. We eventually came to a wye, so it was decision time. As I mentioned earlier, I forgot to load the tracks I had found but I did remember one continued west and the other went north. I just did not know if this is where they split. We went right and soon began a long, relatively steep, rocky descent to Steel Creek.
As I was walking back to the DR after checking out the crossing, I noticed what looked to be an animal turd with orange seeds in it next to my front tire. I picked it up to smell and taste it to see if I could determine what kind of critter it came from. However, closer examination revealed it was some sort of seed pod with little tentacle-like thingys coming off of it. I then had this weird, Invasion of the Body Snatchers moment and threw it down. I tried Googling different descriptions of a seed pod with orange seeds and could not find anything to match it, so now I am getting worried. I don’t know if I would know if it got me, you know?
The Steel Creek crossing was shallow but very slickery.
The climb out of the Steel Creek valley was a little more gradual than the descent but the trail had a lot of overgrowth at the beginning. It eventually cleared out and was a pretty nice ride.
I knew we were on the right track when we came to this overlook that I remembered seeing as a waypoint on the track. We will have to go back after the leaves have fallen to actually be able to see anything, though.
From there, the trail got progressively better until it became FR 1231 and dumped us out on Hwy 16 between Nail and Deer.
We decided to head to Ozone for lunch so we rode west on Hwy 16 and then south on Hwy 21. 32 miles later, we were ordering our chow at the Burger Barn. After eating, we went south on 21 a few miles, turned left on CR 4501 and then took another left on CR 4540. 4540 goes all the way to Hwy 123 but we took one detour so I could show Pete one of my favorite overlooks.
We got back on 4540 and followed it the rest of the way to Hwy 123. FR 1423 intersects 123 there, as well. Pete wanted to ride down it a little ways, so off we went.
The Dry Creek crossing was actually wet, which is unusual for this time of year.
We eventually came to a fallen pine tree blocking the road with no way around it so we rode back to 123. When we got there, Pete asked if I wanted to see “stack rock” bridge. I said “sure”, because I thought I had seen pretty much everything around here. Boy, was I in for a surprise. We headed north on 123 about 6 miles and then turned right on a faintly visible road bed. After maybe 100 yards, we came to what looked to be a bridge but it was hard to tell as this mostly forgotten structure was being consumed by the overgrowth. We could not cross it due to a number of trees that had been cut down and were lying on the bridge. When we clambered down the embankment, the rock construction was very evident. This apparently used to be part of Hwy 123 many years ago when it was still a dirt road.
I did not venture any further than this because I figured there were all sorts of scary critters waiting for me in there.
That is it for this ride. Hope everyone is enjoying this weather.
Great photos Bo. Thanks for sharing.
great pics Bo wish I was well enough to ride with you guys, maybe next month
Pete told me about the ride with you Bo. I've been waiting patiently to see the ride report/pictures and they are great, as usual. You set a pretty high standard!
I'm jealous that I didn't get to go!
Great RR and pictures, as always. Looks like you're learning some new places for the Long Pool ride this fall. Thanks for posting.
Kewl Beans there Bo and Pete! You guys get to have all the fun. Thanks for sharin your ride. As usual, a great discription and photos of the route!.
Thanks for the photos and details, Bo. Been past those trails a few times but never noticed them. Adding to my routes.
Thanks for the compliments, everyone. This is a very photogenic area.
Navaho and anyone else that is interested. I have attached four tracks in the Parker Ridge area. I initially stumbled across three of these tracks when I Googled something else. They were from 2008 so I did not know if they were still good tracks. Pete and I rode the Steel Creek track mentioned in my ride report. I rode the Rock Creek-1 track a couple of weeks ago. I will verify the Rock Creek-2 and Reeves Point tracks as soon as I get a chance. There are some other trails, as well. I saw a trail peel off to the east of the Steel Creek trail that might turn into 92735A.
The Steel Creek trail is steep and rocky on the south side of Steel Creek. I made it okay on my DR650 and Pete did fine on his KLR with "slicks" front and rear but I do not think these would be much fun on bigger bikes than these.
Coming off of Parker Ridge Road, the Rock Creek-1 trail started off fairly easy other than being overgrown in places. It never got steep but it was pretty tight, so I spent most of my time in 1st gear.
If you look at this area on Google Earth, you will see a bunch of Panoramio pictures of some really neat rock formations, which is what initially got my attention. I will definitely be going back once the leaves are off the trees to do some exploring.
THANKS, Bo! If I EVER get back down there to ride (ugh), I'll touch base to see if you are out and about so I can follow you. Your burger is on me. As usual, you've given us great photos and descriptions of some great riding.
I was looking at those trails on Google Earth last night wondering if they connected. Thanks for the tracks. That will come in handy.
About 1/2 mile North of Steel Creek trail on Parker Ridge, there is a road going East towards Hurricane Creek. Have you been down that one?
No, I have not been down that one and I am not sure it is open. Most everything east of Parker Ridge Rd in that stretch is part of the Hurricane Creek Wilderness area (click on the link below). I will check it out the next time I am up there.
Bohawk, thanks so much. Reminds me what a great backyard we are blessed with.
Bo, great report as always. I left the house at 12:30 Saturday and went to same area, after a Oark cheeseburger.
If you walk over to west side of the overlook and look back you get this picture.
Kind of looks like Hawkbill Crag.... Only different.
Sure was a nice day for a ride. Road next to the Big Piney. Sure a bunch of good fishing and camping spots. We do live in an awesome place
Any for a nice nightcap I road home seeing this.