Eastern Arizona Mountains, Valleys, and Rivers.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by mntdawg, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Thanks for all the comments.







    Heading down into Cherry Spring canyon.

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    Nearing Soza Mesa I stoped at the Hotsprings canyon overlook.

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    Excellent view of the country I rode last weekend in the Winchester foothills.
    Bald Ridge, Reiley peak, Javelina and Muskhog Mountain.
    To get from here to there involves a lot of miles.

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    Another great ride in the San Pedro Valley!

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  2. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    I know just how that Saguaro on the left feels!
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  3. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Super report! I'm dreaming about riding AZ someday!

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  4. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice pics and report!
    I was down there a couple of years ago and it looked like lots of potential, except I was in a car.
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  5. mntdawg

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    Two weeks without a ride!
    I slipped out a little after noon today for an eighty one mile loop.

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    First deviation.

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    Back on the main road for a few miles to the second deviation.

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    The veiws are great from the top of the hill. The mighty Rincon peak. The " Waterfall " is in the center of this shot.

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    Looking over the San pedro valley to the Galiuro range and the high summits of the Pinelano mountains (10,700+ elv.)

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    I did not take any pics as I rolled down and thru the riparian area, it was a little busy with hikers and hunters. Once I was out of Paige creek I saw no one for many miles.



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    Over the pass, the valley opens up.

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    A casual cruise down the mountain side took me to this little canyon.

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    Killer Bees wax!

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    Down at river level I rolled upstream to complete the loop.

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  6. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    A little late, I noticed that I had not posted this,
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21184505&postcount=1484


    In this thread.













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    Departing Colorado.

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    Arriving in western NM.

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    I might have put thirty miles on the DR this summer.

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    It had rained last night, so I started the morning on wet pavement.

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    It was not long before I turned on to FR209.

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    Topping out at....

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    Heading down the other side of Aspen Mtn.

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    I can see the lookout now.

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    The view.

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    Next, a 2,500' decent to the Blue river.








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  7. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Rolling down Saddle Mountain towards the Blue river.

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    These five miles of FR232 are the only miles of this figure 8 loop that will be repeated.

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    Blue Crossing.

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    Just beyond the crossing is the washed out entry road to Blue Crossing Campground (free).

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    Complete with motorcycle garage.

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    Moving up the Redhill road FR567.

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    After a few miles of 666, I fuel in Alpine.

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    Then head back down to the Blue river again via FR281.

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    After the Wallow fire the Blue river flashed big time!

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    Bridge gone.

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    After many senic miles along the Blue I climbed back up FR232 towards Pueblo Park.

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    107 miles later I am back at the corral.

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    Awesome riding in mid November!




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  8. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    Always enjoy your reports... & Pic's:clap

    Do you carry both bikes on the truck? Or DR on back of trailer?
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  9. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    The DR rolls right up a 10' alum. scaffold plank and tucks up tight to the two stroke that sits on the tool box. A little tight, but you know, ya make due with what you have:D

    Thanks for looking.
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  10. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    I took it easy the next day, then moved south the following morning. Staged just off of NM78.

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    Rolling down FR111 Mare's tails point the way.

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    I have been planing and looking at this route for a few years, the last thing I wanted to see at the start was a dozer.

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    No matter what they might have done to the tread, the scenery is very promising.

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    At this pass the view starts to open.

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    Getting better.

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    Must be getting close to the top.

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    Spectacular views with the trail deteriorating.

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    That side hill was intense, pics later on the way down.

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    Down hill to the end of the road.

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    End of the line on Antelope Mesa.

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    Seventeen miles in. The first step out is this hill, no pics of tread as I had a dab or two.
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    See the tread on the left?

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    The Mesa is also the rim of the San Francisco river, those are giant Cottonwoods in the bottom.

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    This grass conceals Lava boulders and bikes.

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    What a great ride.

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  11. russbryant

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    Great pics Dawg :clap What elevation were you camping at and how cold did it get?
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  12. mntdawg

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    6,167' the first three nights,two in the low thirties, one in the low twenties. 5,710 the last night, and it was in the mid thirties.
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  13. kojack06

    kojack06 Been here awhile

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    Great pictures and ride! I guess that is actually mountain dawg in the one photo?!
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  14. wbbnm

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    Just discovered this threads. Looks like some great rides. We have done some riding in these over the years, but have not gone all the places you went, especially the really primitive minor roads.

    The Blue River stuff looked familiar.

    Do you have any GPS tracks for the rides?

    I figured out some of it from places you mentioned in the report.
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    That is Eightball. The saddest day of 2013 for me was about a month ago when I had to say goodbye to him after eleven years.:cry

    One though dog!
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    He will be missed by many people.
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    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    The primitive minor roads are what I seek. I do have a few tracks. Are you doing a ride across AZ. soon?
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  17. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Sorry about your dog. He looks like a real pistol and fun to be around.

    We have done 3 trips down in the southern AZ NM border the past 3 or 4 years. We either do point-to-point loops on 650 class DS bikes or truck dirt bikes and do floating hub-and-spoke rides like yours.

    I have no definite plans for an iminent one, but I am sure we will be getting back there.

    One our big trips last year was a loop thru northern AZ and southern Utah, Nevada, and Colorado.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=892221

    I sent you a PM with my email address. I would appreciate tracks if you have time to send them. But I think I can figure out most of where you went from places and road numbers in your reports.
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  18. mntdawg

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    After a full winter of riding, hiking and mourning spring has arrived. Time to take Eightball to a resting spot.​
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    With death weighing heavy on my mind, a stop here was somber.​
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    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Rolled up the bottom passing up many great photo opportunities, my heart just was not in it today. There were brilliant greens of fresh leaves on the Maples and Fremonts, a few pathetic wildflowers and the winter grass under the canopy.​
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    A much needed Happy hour.:1drink:1drink:1drink
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