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dave6253 03-07-2010 06:28 PM

PHX-Hewitt Canyon Road-Desert Scenery
 
Join me...
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My Bike...
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and my camera for a short scenic ride...
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Just outside the 6th largest city in the U.S.
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Thorne 03-07-2010 06:45 PM

Nice pictures

dave6253 03-07-2010 06:54 PM

In the Beginning...
 
I rolled out of the driveway at 5:30 Saturday morning. After nearly an hour on the slab the sun starts to rise.
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East of Phoenix I turn off the US60 onto Queen Valley Road.
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3 miles later I turn onto the graded dirt Hewitt Station Road.
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After turning onto Hewitt Canyon Road (FR172) I'm immediately greeted by a water crossing at Queen Creek.
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Hmmmmm....
This looks ominous.
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This is my largest water crossing yet. The sand was very soft and I should've carried a little more speed. I dug a trench with the rear tire up to the axle while inching across... just barely.:loco

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I'm greeted on the other side by increasingly better scenery.
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I found a spot to stop for breakfast and pull out the DSLR.
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I was hoping to get out here early for a beautiful sunrise. Not only was I a little late, but it was rather cloudy.
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AzStorm 03-07-2010 07:08 PM

This is incredible!
Most here dont get to see what the desert is really like.
Most only see the concrete jungle.

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airgord 03-07-2010 07:19 PM

Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing!!

contacterich 03-07-2010 07:31 PM

Thank you...
 
...for sharing these awesome shots!
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dave6253 03-07-2010 07:52 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I have a few more to share.
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Arizona Road Hazard:lol3
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Many water crossings today. Most are small. (I'm still worried a little about making it back across Queen Creek.) We've had alot of rain lately.
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kaipara 03-07-2010 08:09 PM

I really enjoyed that!
Cheers

cyberdos 03-07-2010 08:16 PM

Out of all the local rides here, Montana Mountain has to be my favorite. Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing.

dave6253 03-07-2010 08:33 PM

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I climb to the end of the road at Rogers Trough Trailhead.
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I've backpacked into this canyon twice before.
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I take a break from the bike and hike about 1/2 a mile in.
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There's always sharp pointy things in the desert.
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These thorny bushes are found all over this trail and can really bloody up your arms and legs. A local hiking club trims them back during the cool months, but they really overgrow the trail in the summer. OUCH!
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Anyone know what sort of paw print this is? Mountain Lion?:dunno
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High in the Superstition Mountains the scenery is quite different than the desert below.
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Back on the bike and the wet roads.
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fuggy 03-07-2010 08:46 PM

Looks like a dog track to me. (mt. lions normally won't show claws). Too small to be a bear and looks to big for a coyote.

Great pics! Very scenic area for sure. For anyone that has not backpacked this area, there is great trips to be had to Reavis Ranch and/or the indian ruins. :D

ghte 03-07-2010 08:53 PM

I really enjoyed the photos, It captured the essence really well.
Thank you for the effort.

dave6253 03-07-2010 09:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fuggy
Looks like a dog track to me. (mt. lions normally won't show claws). Too small to be a bear and looks to big for a coyote.

Great pics! Very scenic area for sure. For anyone that has not backpacked this area, there is great trips to be had to Reavis Ranch and/or the indian ruins. :D

Ha Ha!:lol3 You mean I put a puppy paw print in my ride report? :loco I'm a dufus. I wondered if it might be a dog, but haven't seen anyone hiking with their dog on this trail before.

I've seen the Indian Ruins and camped at Angel's Basin. I haven't made it to Reavis Ranch yet.

dsfox 03-07-2010 09:32 PM

Amazing Photos, thanks...makes me want to head East !

BusyWeb 03-08-2010 01:55 AM

Wow...
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Nice photos... specially them with your bike on it.. ha ha ha


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