Backyard Trek's, Wickenburg AZ...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AZ Mark, May 21, 2013.

  1. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer Supporter

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    Gold Rush weekend in Wickenburg started today... Most of us native Wickenburg people attempt to get-out-of-town before the throng of outsiders move in.
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    This would easily be considered a Big Bike Friendly route. But it does have some precarious switchbacks, steep climbs and if that kind of thing bothers you "NO GUARDRAILS". Steep drop-off's keep you on your toes in a few places.
    Rode directly to the top... or a close as you can now get. A gate has been erected so the final 500 vertical feet, 1/4 mile of road, is blocked off.

    This little sign tell you that you hare here!
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    Strange sign? Or so I thought...
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    Steep... Yes and the camera flattens things!
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    This is about as far as you can go. The gate is just ahead. Took a break here... If you really look hard you can see Alamo Lake right between the two poles.
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    Heading back down... even the down appears to be going up?
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    Made it down and decided to look around at the mining stuff in the area. Smith Peak is just to the left of center between these two building corners.
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    It appears that this was once a three room house. It's been a while...
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    Back at the trailer... 48 miles however I did some extra running around. I had parked by "Robson's Mining Worlds" gate on highway 71.
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  2. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer Supporter

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    This ride report is from March but I kind'a been busy with other recreation the past several days...

    Alamo Lake Crappie Fishing
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    Now on with the Show... Ride was on the North of the Harquahalla Mountains toward the West end.
    Rode in the general area on three occasions. Each day was about 30 - 40 miles. Lots of exploring and dead-ends. A couple of places require a turnaround although the track continued. Getting smarter about that since my shoulder still won't tolerate much lifting or pushing.
    A great area to ride but not many roads/trails/ tracks. However lot's of Cattle and Burro trails to follow. Many deep washouts coming off the side of the mountains, thus the numerous turnarounds. Lots of boulder hopping and skidplate bashing in some area's. The XR4 is sometimes considered part Mountain Goat and other times Desert Tortise!

    Imagine starting this out with a rocky uphill, search far and wide for this :ilmostro

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    This is one of those turnaround placed I was studying...
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    ... and still looks too Shitty to try alone! I could move a few boulders but that Damn Palo Verde tree is still really in the way. Well another time. Still need to get to the other side of this little canyon. A > > > backtrack'n I will gooooo.
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    Lets do some of this... uphill stuff
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    This is what I was attempting to reach... Not certain what was here but pretty big, whatever it was!
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    Could this be the stairway to Riches...
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    a little color
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    I was following this little Cattle/Burro track when I found this Saguaro that had recently fallen. One of the largest in diameter that I have ever seen! Sad to see these old Giants go down...
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    I'll stop here for this report.
    Always thought the BLM/State of AZ or whoever... always had a odd sense of humor when scattering these Vault toilets around in Waaay Out-of-the-Way places. However this little 1 hole'r came in handy this day :thumb
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  3. black top bob

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    I really enjoy "your taking us along" RR. Thanks again for taking the time. Question: What's with the gates. A 1/4 mile from the top etc. Who gates the trail? Are these private or what.
  4. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer Supporter

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    Bob... There are several communication towers beyond the gate. This road was built specifically to access the towers and therefore dead ends at the top. The placement of the gate near the end of the road is to control alternate access (no going around the gate in this location).
  5. black top bob

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    Thanks AZ Mark. In my head, I'm riding along with you. You live in a very cool area, and I figure you know it. Peace.
  6. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer Supporter

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    Not many reports this spring... Too busy doing whatever...
    However these are a few images from the month of April In My Backyard.

    If you live in AZ long enough you have a weakness for water photo's... Large, small, just all water images. This is a large Dirt Tank on the Moore Ranch West of Wickenburg. In wet years it covers nearly 10 acres. However these past 10+ years have been DRY, so it is just barely covering 2.
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    A bit further to the West I encountered this fine specimen of a Crested or Crowned Saguaro Cactus. I had been here before but not certain if I had added images here.
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    Another day... I noticed this strange covering on this limb. When you travel slowly, like I dooooo... you notice "Weird Things". Still unsure what this is but took a photo anyway. Perhaps some of you Desert Specialist will know what the Hell it is & what caused it.
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    The next few images are from a longer ride that I have undertaken for some time. Approximately 8 hours on a 140 mile loop. My plan was to make a big loop to the Wayside Inn near Alamo Lake and get a burger and loop back to the Casa. I have done this several times but not for a couple of years. Being a semi-adventurous kind of guy I added a couple of "That looks interesting" trek's to the familiar route. Not far from crossing Hwy 71 the Joshua Trees appear. ... this one appeared just as I needed a break!
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    Passed by cousin Jack... several times :hmmmmm
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    Not certain but I believe there were Indians or Native Americans peeking over that ridge...
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    Headed to the West... hopefully along the Big Sandy River. Yep there it is Green indicates water. Many miles of these rolling hills... and washes to contend with.
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    Finally back to something familiar... The Palmerita Ranch. Last time I was here ( 10/12 years ago) a caretaker kept everything in order. Now it is obvious that a government agency is in control and taking on some maintenance projects.
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    They are attempting to stabilize the old adobe walls.
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    If you see this sign and gate you went the wrong way to the Palmerita Ranch... How do I know!
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    Got to the Wayside about 1:30 and they were busy. Like... too long to wait for lunch. So I started my circle back. Now anyone who has ever been in this area knows that the gravel road near the Wayside is AWESOME. You can really Haul-Ass is your so inclined. Well I was inclined that day and the GPS showed my top-speed for the day was 59mph. I'm certain it was here. Only took a few minutes to get to the next two track heading back South to the Bullard Wash drainage.

    Stopped there for a snack and cool drink along the banks for the Bullard. Another Joshua Tree for shade. Then blasted across...
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    Several miles later and a couple of missed guided trail mistakes. I come upon this Li'l Saguaro. Yep It's a big'n
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    Kept up a stead pace for the remainder of the trip... several gates to open... and I was back in Wickenburg in only a couple hours. Hope you enjoyed a few images from April of 2016 :-)
  7. black top bob

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    Two questions: Is the Jack Ass (not you) wild, do they just hang around, and are those cactus endangered or plentiful? Great stuff. We eastern boys can only dream of your kind of riding. Thanks again.
  8. AZ Mark

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    Yes, the 4 legged Jack Ass is wild, there were 4 within sight at this particular place. Really surprised he let me get as close as I was, 50 yards. They generally take off running, kicking, snorting and farting. When humans get close. They are not Native to the Southwest Desert's but they have been here long enough the general public think they are like the wild bands of horses in the Dakota's or? Burro's are very destructive to the cattle industry as well as real native wildlife. However they are getting more than plentiful in many areas.
    The last Saguaro pictured is just BIG. The Crested Saguaro's are very rare... I read somewhere that 1 of every 250,000 are crested to some degree. I guess the Saguaro is Protected by some agency. However you can obtain permits to transplant them from private property, but not state or federal land.
    Damn that is a lot of answer for two simple questions. You would think I knew what I was talking about! :lol2 Or possibly... just a good "Babbling Line Of Bullshit"... :topes You decide! :confused
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    Inspiring as usual. Thanks for the great shots of the cactus.
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    Old age and wisdom. Just ask and we will tell ya.:y0! Thanks.
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    Nice pictures with some good narrative to go along with it. Thanks
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  12. Sledred

    Sledred Been here awhile

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    Mark, thanks for the ride along! I was in that general area a couple of weeks ago with AZTom, DR650SEddy and a few others on a 3 day ride. Really cool seeing the Joshua trees coming across the AZ dez....
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    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    nice mark,,,, i like hangin at the palmarita ranch.

    i'm trying to contact the madril family to get permission to visit the grapevine ranch
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    Don't believe there is anyone named Madril remaining. I know of a couple of the girls who now use there married names that are still in Wickenburg. I understand that one of their sons is now running the cattle there. Too many Burro's to have many cattle at this time... not enough feed for everything the past few years.
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    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    yeah a few other names in the family, orazco, ochoa ect,, are they still running cattle? i figured any more its just a place for the extended family to go hang out and spend vacations ect.
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    Yes I'm still rousting about. Just have not been taking many photo's on my trek's... I have been led to believe if there were no photo's it did not happen. So....
    Took out early this AM to beat the heat. Great time for photography, long shadows adhere to the landscape. Headed East of town, directly in to the sunrise. :shog Just 24 miles of riding. back to the Casa by 8:00 and in the office by 9:00.

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    The Saguaro's are really blooming at the 4000' elevation
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    Hassayampa drainage and Wickenburg in the distance.
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    Always disliked this gate placement ! :(
    Makes me wish for a young riding buddy that can open gates on steep inclines.
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    Ran across this Li'l wiggly thing on the return trip. Notice I took the photo from the rattlin' end and not the chewing end! He's a chunky specimine....
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    Another good ride in the Backyard...
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    Yep, that's what I'm talking bout...I'd have to have a looooooooog lens on that camera.LOL
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    Passing your way tomorrow, although I'm strictly blacktop, from Surprise. We are passing through to the 97/96 up to Kirkland around to 89 and back through Yarnell. If you ever happen to see a blue Goldwing with a marine corps emblem or a grey KZ1000P at Anita's swing in and say hi. We generally try to make Anita's a regular stop for breakfast.
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    Took a little run out to Alamo Lake a few days ago. There have been numerous large ominous looking clouds hovering over that direction for the past several weeks. Thought perhaps they had added a little' water to the nearly dry lake.
    Starting the run on this pleasant morning, rained some the night before so the air is clear.

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    Still pretty sad as very little water was added. The white on the left of the photo is what was the Cholla Launch Ramp. Yep... that far from the water.

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    This is now where people are attempting to launch their boats.

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    10 years ago you could catch lot's of BIG Crappie just between those rocks. Of course the water was 25 to 30 feet deep there then. However the-powers-that-be are still allowing enough water to pass through the dam to keep the Bill Williams flowing into the Wilderness Area's. There are many "Happy Beavers" and a couple of Ranches enjoying the outflow from the dwindling lake...
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    Took a little two hour run out Constellation Road this morning...
    It is always amazing to me that no matter how may time I travel in the area. I can always find someplace unexplored by me anyway.
    This for instance. There is 1/4 " steel on this door but someone got it opened.
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    A bit further to the East of the door there was this vertical shaft... I'm not kidding when I say vertical, as in straight-down. This one is VERY unprotected with only a dilapidated wire fence. I punched my SPOT (as in search here) and walked over toward the edge!
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    Each of the slabs contained writing but could not de-cipher most of it. It did say 1925 in addition to the made by.

    Just another trip "Out Wickenburg Way"...
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