Copper Canyon (Le Feurte to Creel)

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Mexico, Central & South America' started by AkYank77, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. AkYank77

    AkYank77 Been here awhile

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    So this is the route we took from Le Feurte to Creel. It took us 3 days and 2 nights. It was an absolute blast and we saw some epic scenery.

    Day 1: Le Feurte to Cerocahui where we spent the night, you can see on the track where we stayed. This was a long day as we started late, I would recommend leaving Le Feurte around 0800. Gas is available in Cerocahui.

    Day 2: Cerocahui to Urique, we backtracked a couple miles from Cerocahui to make the Urique turn off. This is a relatively easy day with great views and a long descent into Urique. Gas is available in Urique

    Day 3: Urique to Creel. This was a tough day soley because of a never ending ascent out of Urique.

    I'm no expert on GPS's, bikes, or routes; all I can tell you is this is how we did it and we had a lot of fun. 2 out of the 3 of us were novice off road riders and we fell over a couple times with our loaded KLRs.

    I hope this helps someone out someday. Feel free to pm me with questions and I'll do the best I can to answer them.

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    AkYank77 Been here awhile

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    AkYank77 Been here awhile

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  4. St. AUguSTINe

    St. AUguSTINe n00b

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    Thanks! You just helped me out a lot. I have been struggling to figure out how I should navigate the copper canyon. I have been getting very discouraged with all the warnings of DANGER that come with this area due to drug violence on tourists, so it is encouraging to hear you made it fine. I think I am just going to follow your route exactly, so if you have any tips or suggestions of places to avoid/see I would really appreciate any help.
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  5. stormdog

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    No response from the op so I will throw in my 2 cents,
    Notice that he posted his tracks October of 2014 ? Getting advise about that part of Mexico is a lot like getting a stock tip "Past performance is not an a guarantee of the future "
    All that said, I rode through that area last December and all was fine.
    You might want to check into "is Mexico safe "thread , that seems to be where most of the current Intel pops up first.
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  6. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT O.G. on da O.C.

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    Nice set of tracks, just what I was looking for to complete my route from Agua Prieta down to and
    through the Barrancas ! About ten days should do it !

    Thanks for posting.

    Twist it, Max
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    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    “Drug violence on tourists”?? Where is this coming from?
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  8. ztrab

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    Did a Copper Canyon ride over thanksgiving 2018, from Tucson, Az. through the canyons with my wife on the back of our 1200 GS Rallye Sport, daughter on her F650 GS and son-in law on his F800 GS plus a solo rider on his 1200 LC Adventure. Urique dirt road from Cerocahui was in great condition; paved road to Batopilas is beautiful with just the right amount of rock slides. Man have things changed since I last rode the canyons in 2007 , easy-peasy. We entered at Nogales (Mariposa truck crossing) and took 15 to Magdelena where the tracks start, we cut over to the Rio Sonora. Nice paced 10 day cruise with amazing roads and scenery. Very light traffic, no other gringo bikers and only one other small group of street bikes from Chihuahua at the Divisadero Tram. Bato and Urique were pretty quite - especially Urique as they had just found the body of a gringo tourist that has killed about 4 weeks earlier. On the way out of Urique passed 15 police trucks head down into the canyon. Not one hassle or intimidating moment, though you definitely need to mind your own business in the canyon villages. Typical of my 50 plus years of travel in Mexico, met a lot of very friendly folks and renewed a few old acquaintances. Love it or hate it, Mexico has some amazing geography and the food. No rants or haters please. Tracks posted fro those interested. My SIL edited his tracks and marked our Pemex stops, hotels, etc. Late November is the end of the wet season, the area was green and lush; got a few showers the last day and half heading out of Creel. Saludos P1010181.JPG P1010100.JPG P1010121.JPG

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  9. texas_aggie

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    ztrab, did you consider taking the road from Urique to Bato? I understand it is quite rugged on a big bike.
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    I did not consider riding that section. I’m sure a GS with aggressive off road tires can do the trail, weather permitting, two up would be no fun.
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    Three of us crossed from Urique to Batopilies early November,
    I was on a 1290, one friend on a GS 1200, the other on a 950 ADV. All of us on 50/50 type tires
    We crossed without any problems or concerns.
    But, and it’s a big But I wouldn’t recommend the route to anyone with less skill then we have.
    I just don’t know how to judge someone that I have never met riding abilities
    Don’t really need tracks but if anyone wants them send me your email address
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