AZ-Back way to Crown King+a little exploring

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Slowred, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Yardstick

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    The picture doesn't really do this justice. It's a steep downhill and that rock at the bottom is slightly angled. Without enough momentum you could start up that rock and spin yourself sideways onto the ground pretty quick. I was going to go around but made a split second decision at the bottom to try going straight up. It worked!
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    Slowred coming down the hill.
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    He decided to play it safe.
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    I don't blame him. That's what I should have done!
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    When we saw the imposing monolith of granite, we knew we would be climbing... somehow.
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  2. Yardstick

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    Yes, this is still more open than Minni!
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    Several of these switchbacks weren't even wide enough to float the front tire around. I tried the stand-up pirouette move a couple of times but never made it all the way around.
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    This is a good example of what you're dealing with on a few of them.
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    Slowred and his trials tire shod 350 make it look too easy.
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    Lunch at the Mill was a very welcome break. We both walked out of there absolutely stuffed. The front way, down to Bumble Bee, was starting to look appealing. But the back way is almost that smooth now!


    This if from the vantage point where Slowred was taking a picture of me taking a picture of him. I put the Canon's 14x zoom to work to catch Slowred and the mystery 2-stroke rider.
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    There are lots of little water crossings on the way down. It's really amazing considering how long it has been since there was any precipitation in the area.
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    About a quarter mile from the CK rock I pinch flatted. Too much compression damping and a little too aggressive riding in the rocks bit me, even with the front tire at 16 psi. :doh I patched the tube and Javelina came to our rescue with his awesome pump! Thank you again! :clap

    That was a fun ride. I think that section of Wagoner will find its way into many future rides. It's a great way to avoid traffic on the bigger roads.
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  3. jtb

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    Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share!:clap:D
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  4. azredline

    azredline Wobbly Adventurer

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    Love it. Was there signage identifying the minni trail? Curious as to how you found it in the first place.

    That whole area up there is just so cool, the old trail sign picture really makes you want to know more about who, what, why etc. At some point the trail was well enough used to warrant a sign. Hmmm.
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  5. strappyman

    strappyman Been here awhile

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    I'd be up for that, such a great area to ride.:ricky
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  6. Yardstick

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    There wasn't an old wood sign (that we found) for Minni. The trail is in the PNF TMR. The description on the PNF site is pretty sparse. This is the only sign we found:
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    There's some interesting history in those mountains.
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