PHX - Martinez Canyon

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    A previous Hunting Party Expedition in the Box Canyon area lit the fuse for a run to Martinez Canyon. A ride plan was formed...

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    Three of us met in Deer Valley for the 90 minute ride to Florence.

    Wade - KLR 650
    Tom - KTM 990
    Nightstalker - KTM 950

    My buddy Wade just picked up this KLR 650 and was looking to put some scratches on that brand new skid plate.

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    We were going to meet Mack at the far end of Box Canyon, so we got on it!!

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    Box Canyon is super fun and a pretty easy ride. It's real popular with the quads and jeeps, so you do have to keep a constant watch around every corner.

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    First casualty. Wade bottomed out and the rear tire caught his license plate. He was able to bend it back out of the way.

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    More Box Canyon

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    When you're riding a heavyweight, momentum is essential.

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    Finishing off Box Canyon

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    We pulled up to the split where we were supposed to meet Mack, shut off the bikes, and like a minute later, Mack pulled in! Freaky!

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    Martinez Canyon Road

    Looking Down

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    Looking Up

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    Starts in some real fast washes

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    Then some ups

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    and some downs

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    Some tricky spots too.

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    The road to the Coke Ovens splits to the right. Martinez Canyon road remains easy enough for now...

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    The trail started to get interesting.

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    And then we hit this boulder patch. Scouting for an alternative route.

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    Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead! I went first.

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    Then Wade.

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    SUCCESS!!

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    Tom, on video!

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    Mack was smart, he took the alternative route.
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    We took a break to talk about how awesome Martinez Canyon was!

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    Tippy rock

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    Nightstalker is very excited!

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    Martinez Cabin and surrounding buildings.

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    The ride back to the mine was challenging at spots.

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    Hole in mountain.

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    I should climb up there and check it out!

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    My bike waiting for me.

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    So, we were waiting and waiting and waiting for Tom! Where could he be? He took a wrong turn (yes, there's another trail out) and had a heck of a time getting his bike turned around.

    Wade and Mack walking back looking for me.

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    We all continued back until we found Tom. There he is showing off his BigDog skidplate!!

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    I did some hiking to get some aerial photos.

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    You can see the road Tom wandered up climbing in the distance.

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    We got to a point we had to dismount and hoof it back to the mine.

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    This is the easy way!

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    Approaching the mine.

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    Big wheels keep on rolling...

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    Martinez Canyon continues to the east, if you can get there.

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    We returned to our bikes and started on the way back out.

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    The big hole

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    The ride out.

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    Stuck on a rock.

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    And he's through.

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    Mack in the rocks.

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    Hitting the dog earns bonus points.

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