Hualapai Mountains, more adventures on small-ish bikes.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Jeeper0505, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Jeeper0505

    Jeeper0505 Adventurer

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    Needed a quick trip to decompress from work. Leigh and Ken and I decided to go explore the Hualapai Mountains near Kingman, Arizona.

    This time we would ride from Prescott instead of hauling our junk somewhere. I reached out to fellow inmate MKitchen knowing he lives in Kingman. He was a wealth of info but with his wife breaking her wrist on day one of our trip he couldn't join us.

    Day One:
    We left Prescott and headed to Camp Wood on the main roads. Lots to explore out here but our goal was to make time to the Hualapai's. We were in Bagdad for fuel in no time and then headed south on 97. A turn west onto Burro Creek Road brought some fun two track and our first sand of the trip.
    Quickly we were at SR93 at "Nothing" where we had about 8 miles of pavement.
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    Nothing, Arizona

    After a bit of slab we turned west again on Seventeen Mile Road. Took that to Signal Road and ultimately to Chicken Wash Road. All of this is really easy, fun riding with great desert scenery. We dropped into Wikieup for lunch and fuel.
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    If you stop in Wikieup you have to go to the Cool Water Café. Great food, nice Owner and good good food.
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    From here we jumped on Trout Creek Road and headed north, crossing over 93 to Cane Springs Road (or Yellow Pine/Blake Ranch Road depending on what part of it you're on) and headed to the camp spot MKitchen had recommended.
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    Camp area with a full compliment of ready to go firewood. MKitchen even came out to check on us and visit a bit.
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  2. Jeeper0505

    Jeeper0505 Adventurer

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    Day Two:
    This was really the day we were looking forward to, exploring the Hualapai Mountains. If you drive Interstate 40 from Kingman east the Haulapai Mountains are on your right (south). Its easy to ignore them as they seem like a small, insignificant range but they hold a lot of history, wildlife and fun!
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    Sunrise from camp!

    It was raining a bit as we packed but that just made for no dust and 'hero-dirt'. We headed west up into the mountains on Anderson Road. Saw tons of deer and made our way to a fantastic view point at around 6,800'.
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    Nearing the top of the Haulapai's.

    From here we dropped down into the residential area where approximately 150 people live (80 full timers). They have a small General Store where we refilled water and a restaurant. The restaurant didn't open for another hour but they were kind enough to serve us tea and coffee.

    Next we explored a bit and tried some of the quad trails but all of us were anxious to head further into the southern part of the mountains away from people.

    The main road follows pretty closely along a ridge so the views are pretty spectacular. It was quite windy and we came upon a camp site with an abandoned camp fire still burning. We got to play firemen and put it out before pushing on.

    We wanted some more challenging riding so we went down Cedar Wash which had a lot of sand but was really fun. It took us east all the way back down to Yellow Pine Ranch Road. From here we went north just a little bit and came back up Moss Wash. Moss is signed as a highly technical 4X4 road which made us think it would be perfect on the bikes. And it was! Pretty challenging but nothing too insane.
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    Moss Wash goes right by the Gold King Mansion. Pretty cool to stop and check it out.

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    From here the trail kept going and eventually re-connects with Cedar Wash. Back up Cedar and we were on the main road again headed south to camp.
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  3. Snapper33

    Snapper33 Globetrotter

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    Great RR, let's hear the rest...
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  4. jrally

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    Patiently waiting for the rest of the report... (daydreaming of going along...)
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  5. Jeeper0505

    Jeeper0505 Adventurer

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    Day Two (continued):

    We continued south along what turned into Boreana Mine Road. The views from the ridge top were spectacular to say the least. We could see features as far east as Prescott and to the west to Oatman and beyond.

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    The trusty steeds ready to go again.

    The Boreana Mine Road is long and drops from over 6,000' down to around 3,000'. It is rough and challenging but was heading the direction we wanted to go. We wanted to camp at a lower elevation to stay a bit warmer tonight. I kept thinking about doing this road in my Jeep.....it would have been a loooonnngg day to cover the same ground we traversed in a couple of hours on our bikes.
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    Here's a photo of the Boreana Mine I found on the web since we didn't get one. No name so I cant provide credit to the photog.
    The Boreana Mine apparently was searching for Tungsten.

    As we continued to drop down from the mine we saw that we were running out of mountain and the valley we were in was going to spill out onto the flat desert floor. Time to find a suitable camp site. This is really rugged country so the only real option was a flat, sand wash that Ken spotted. We checked weather to be sure no rain was predicted and began setting up camp.
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    Nothing more comfortable than setting up camp on flat sand.

    The sun was going down as we built a fire and prepared dinner.
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    The last rays of sun on the surrounding mountains, the only sound that of a crackling fire and safe from the wind. It just doesn't get much better. If you like exploration, remote county and recharging your inner batteries this is what we live for.
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  6. Jeeper0505

    Jeeper0505 Adventurer

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    Day Three:
    This was our ride-home day so we didn't really take any pictures, just riding. We grabbed Alamo Lake Road and headed southeast. We checked fuel and considered going to Wikieup to fill up but I got out-voted 2-1 to just keep on going. ADV-ing is a democracy after all! The desert down to the north end of Alamo Lake is really beautiful and the miles just clicked by. When we got close, Leigh got some intel from some other desert rats as to how to find Browns Crossing. I had read that sometimes the crossing was closed and, if this was the case, we were out of luck as we'd never make it back to fuel.

    Fortunately the crossing was open and other than some sand was pretty easy. We ended up on a fun quad track and just as we came over a crest we could see the Wayside Inn about five miles away. This is where we were going to refuel but just then Leigh ran out. A couple of great guys from Phoenix helped us out and siphoned fuel from one of their rigs to get us going.
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    Siphoning fuel. Alamo Lake in the background.

    Next it was east on Alamo Lake to Wayside for fuel and a cool drink and then continuing on to Congress for lunch. If you haven't tried it, stop in Congress at Nichol's West Restaurant. The food is amazing and not at all what you'd expect out here. Say hi to Simon, the Owner, a really great guy.

    After lunch we took the Stanton Road up to Yarnell and then slabbed it to Skull Valley where we picked up Copper Basin Road back to Prescott.

    All together it was a 420 mile adventure with no issues other than one mis-cue on fuel. A great time and a reminder of all the great areas that are right in our backyard that need to be checked out. So many areas, so little time. Now the question....where to next?
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  7. gaff

    gaff Been here awhile

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    Great ride report. Thanks for taking us along.
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  8. liv2day

    liv2day Been here awhile

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    Great ride report and pics, envious of that nice weather and that big orange thing in the sky surrounded by blue...lol. Really cool to check out an area like that in your "backyard" - those are some of the best trips.

    Thanks for taking us along :thumb:thumb
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  9. enduro16

    enduro16 Been here awhile

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    Great ride report ,Makes me wonder why I'm still living here in the cold Midwest I was out riding yesterday in 60 degree weather the high today is 30
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