PHX - 12 miles of creek crossings!

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  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I managed to recruit some guys to follow me up Turkey Creek with a DeSoto and Peck Mine BONUS loop. We did the red loop in the morning, had lunch at the Mill in Crown King, and returned on the blue loop. 70 miles total.

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    It was an up and down kind of day.

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    6 riders came out for today's festivities.

    goner - Yamaha WR450
    DesertRider2007 - Suzuki DRZ400
    Ducati125 - KTM 525
    Javalina - Honda CRF450R
    Alex - Honda CRF450R
    Nightstalker - Honda CRF450X

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We didn't have to go far to find Turkey Creek.

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    Who wants to be first to drop their bike?? Just go ahead and get it out of the way.

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    We found A LOT of soft sand to ride through.

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    goner

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    Alex takes a ride on the beach.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We met up with the first challenging hill.

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    DesertRider is in a rut.

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    And he's out!

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    Alex has some problems.

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    Ducati125 shows him the line.

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    And Alex is up!

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Turkey Creek was hit really hard by the intense rain and snow this winter.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Ducati125 crosses Turkey Creek on his trials tire equipped KTM 525.

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    Alex

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    If you need practice with creek crossings, this is the trail for you!!

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    goner crosses in a steamy haze.

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    DesertRider makes a big splash.

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    Ducati125

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    goner is dug in!

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  6. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Tragic Donkey Throttler

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    Ever since we rode around that area a month ago everyone in my group can't stop talking about how great the riding was. Just before we left some were arguing that we should go to Death Valley or the Mojave Desert, but having seen these ride reports I knew it would be great riding.

    Another great trip report.
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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The trail continues criss-crossing Turkey Creek for miles! My old GPS tracks were nearly useless with the changes caused by the winter flooding.

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    Alex

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    DesertRider

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    We had to climb our way back up to the trail at this point.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Care had to be taken while crossing the creek. The crystal clear water masked the deep pools well!

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    goner goes next. Looks short, be afraid!

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    Ducati125 knows the line.

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    DesertRider strays and is captured entering a deep hole!! He was smart enough to pin it and made it out unscathed.

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    Alex keeps it shallow.

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  9. Gordy

    Gordy SUPPORTER

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    That looks like a great ride! Thanks!
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  10. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Great pictures.......
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  11. Mechanoligist

    Mechanoligist Just along for the ride

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    Nightstalker your killing me! Love all the reports. We have been wanting to move out that way for awhile now. I will get within the next few years. We are visiting the area in July to check out some areas.

    Thanks again for taking the time to do these reports
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  12. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    great ride man, looks like a magazine bike perfomance test :clap


    Good thing it's a rental! :D
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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Have I mentioned the rocks and steep embankments?

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    goner

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    Ducati125

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    And the creek crossing madness ends at Cleator.

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  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Next stop Desoto Mine.

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    It's quite a climb. Check out the elevation profile beweet 15-20 miles in.

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    A far from inviting entrance.

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    Doesn't get much better inside.

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Great views from the mine entrance.

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Interesting hill.

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    Ducati125

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    Alex gets hung up in the rocks at the base of the hill.

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Time to check out the top of the mountain.

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    Nightstalker taking in the view.

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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Ducati125 was having some problems with his KTM.

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    goner thinks its a worn muffler bearing.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Exiting Desoto mine.

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    Welcome to the Mill at Crown King!!

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    Tastee burgers.

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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Our plan was to return to the trucks on the 25 mile long, dusty, bladed, graded, main road to Crown King. Not too exciting. Peck Mine road, on the other hand, now that would be exciting.

    Peck Mine road climbs up the mountains in the distance.

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    Mines litter the hills in all directions.

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    Silver Prince Rock Shop, I bet they don't get much walk up business.

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    Great views of the valley.

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