PHX - Attack of the Trail - Lane and Tip Top

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I recruited goner and Javalina to follow me to the mythical Lane and Tip Top trails, an alternative route to Crown King.

    Javalina was on his XR650R, goner riding a WR450, and myself on the Honda CRF450X.

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    I had concerns about crossing the Agua Fria river. Fencing was recently put in to restrict access to the surrounding area.

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    Javalina takes a spin up 4play hill.

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Heading down to Boulder Creek.

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    The road leading up to the Milk Ranch got hammered this winter. It's off the 950 list now.

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    I love the panoramic feature of my new Sony HX5V camera!!

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    Lake Pleasant in the distance.

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    Nightstalker demonstrating the "Zirbel Alpha-Alpha" shooting stance.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Trying to find the access road from the Milk Ranch to the Lane Trail.

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    We found it! goner wheelies up the first big hill.

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    Javalina in tow.

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    goner up the next hill. Road to the Milk Ranch in the distance.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Road to Lane Trail ahead of us.

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    Backway to Crown King?

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    This road was rocky and steep! I wasn't looking forward to a return trip.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We made it to Lane Spring, where the access road intersects the Lane Trail midway between Crown King and the Backway to Crown King.

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    Change of plans, we decided to continue UP Lane trail to Crown King instead of running the access road back to the Milk Ranch.

    Switchback on Lane trail.

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    The Lane trail is alot like the Bradshaw trail, except with ROCKS. Going up was a bad idea, but we pushed on. Access road in the distance.

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    It was hard to get lost on the Lane, not much of a choice of lines.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    More Lane trail!

    goner demonstrates how to negotiate a tight rocky uphill.

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    This was pretty much the end of the line for us. No one wanted to ride the "trail" just in front of Javalina's XR650.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Denied! We turned back. Going down was easier!

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    goner, going down a tight switchback.

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    Javalina's turn.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Riding back to the Milk Ranch on the Lane access road, the nasty downhills were now nasty uphills.

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    Javalina

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    goner

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    This was a scene that I repeated time and time again.

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    goner up ahead.

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    Javalina behind.

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    Me in the middle.

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  9. 4play

    4play Next?

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    Great pics as always :thumb
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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Milk Ranch!

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    This winter was hard on the Milk Ranch.

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    Kurt was here.

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    Break time on the porch.

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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Start of the Tip Top trail. This is where Javalina and I turned around the last attempt. We are going through this time!!

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    Javalina - PS the knats were aweful!! Evertime we stopped, we were swarmed!

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    Doesn't look so bad...

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    An uncharacteristic wide spot. We were busting through brush most of the way.

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    We had to stop and scout the trail at spots.

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Big rock.

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    Pretty flower.

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    We were all pretty tired at this point, but being men, nobody wanted to throw in the towel. We continued on to this point where I called it quits and walked back for some help getting turned around.

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Going back was much easier, even with the cramps spreading throughout my body.

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    Crossing Jim Creek.

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    End of Tip Top trail, back at the Milk Ranch.

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  14. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Great photos and ride report Terry. I passed Javalina and you on I17 Saturday morning and waving like a maniac :lol3

    That description "Like going up the Bradshaw Trail" :eek1 That does not sound like any fun at all. :knary I have to hand it to you riders for taking this trail :bow
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  15. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    This would have been a fun ride but after seeing pics like this one I'm kinda glad that I had to be someplace else yesterday. :lol3
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  16. 4play

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It's another 20 miles back to the truck from the bottom of Tip Top Trail.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We stopped at the Road Runner in New River for some much needed grub at the end of the ride.

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    Great burgers, excellent sweet potato fries!!!

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    Trail damage.

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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Ride Maps, green and red were planned route, yellow was the actual route we rode.

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    The area in question.

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    Elevation profile.

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