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Old 03-27-2013, 10:29 PM   #570
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Location: St. George, UT
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AZ Strip: Route 101, Whitney Pass and Whitney Pockets

Open invite for ride to Toroweap. Thursday, April 4th. Leaving St. George 10 am. Route: Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse, Toroweap, return via Colorado City. Need 180-200 mile range. Easy dirt, most of it fast and smooth.

Post up or pm if interested.


Overdue pics and write-up from ride on AZ Strip to Whitney Pockets about a week ago.

Benchmark Map:

- Start at River Road exit from new Southern Parkway. Follow dirt south to Wolf Hole. Pics start here.
- Follow Route #101 all the way to Whitney Pass and Whitney Pockets. Good dirt the whole way.
- Connect with paved Gold Butte Road and return to Mesquite.

Mileage to Mesquite was just over 100. The might TW hit reserve just as I was approaching Mesquite.

Another great map. Easy to carry. The National Park Service / Bureau of Land Management map. Pick one up at the BLM office in St. George on River Road.

The road numbers on this map correspond with the signs you actually see out the in the real world. Not as much detail, but still a very useful little map.

On the the pics. First stop was the main intersection in Wolf Hole. Fast dirt to this point. Already about 30 miles from St. George. Mount Trumbull School house and Toroweap are straight ahead. Turn right for Route #101.

Caught a glimpse of this big white bird from the distance. Thought to take a closer look. Appears as if my fellow Utards have been out with the guns. No chance for this bird.

One quick turn and you are on Rt. #101. Lots of recent maintenance. Road in good condition the entire way.

Follow the signs to Whitney Pass.

Dirt airstrip in the middle of nowhere. Used for reconnaissance aircraft for firefighters.

Entering Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument.

Road equipment in burn area near Hobble Canyon. This fire was a fairly big one from a year ago.

This is all Arizona. We left Utah back at the River Road exit. Enter Nevada near Whitney Pass.

More bicycle warning signs. Is this really necessary? After 50+ miles of dirt road and a dozen cattle gates, do we need more caution signs??? Never saw a cyclist on this part of the Strip before.

In the heart of the Hobble Canyon Fire burn.

Crossed one small seasonal stream, running quite clear. Pocum wash area. Water / snowmelt coming from Black Rock Mountain. This will dry up soon. Most of the year there is zero water on the Strip.

Obligatory photo of Mud Mountain with sign. Road runs in low spot here. Quite sandy and spots would be very, very muddy if any rain. This is the type of mud that would stop you.

Dropping some elevation and the plants are changing a bit. Getting more desert like.

Typical stretch of sand. Fat rear tire of TW is a sand machine!

Full pond at Jacobs Well. Pretty spot. Classic fence!

Official sign is on the other side, on the road descending from Black Rock Mountain.

Open tank at Jacobs Well.

On a short side road.

More desert plants.

Looking south down Cottonwood Wash toward Pakoon Basin.

The Brumley Well right on the road in Cottonwood Wash. Well was damaged and road was somewhat washed out about a year ago. All tuned up now.

Piping has been reburied and anchored with line of rocks.

Tank is full. But I wouldn't want to drink it unless very thirsty.

Four-way intersection. Left is my route, #101 to Whitney Pass. Straight is over Lime Kiln Pass and direct descent to Mesquite. This road is now in good condition. Right is connection to Black Rock Mountain. Haven't done this road yet. Rt. #1041 on the BLM map.

Still on Rt. #101. Great afternoon light.

Cool old house just before Whitney Pass.

Let's look around. Here's the living room.

Kitchen. Kind of trashed.

More kitchen carnage. Almost looks like the fridge from my college dorm room . . .


Getting worse.

Hanging out back out front. Chair was quite comfortable.

Nice view of the bike while I had a drink.

Quick look around outside . . . pond adjacent to house.

Some cool rocks. These people picked a nice place for their house.

Looks like the boys have been out with their weaponry.

Either a root cellar or a bomb shelter. Check it out.

Inside . . . looks like it was a root cellar.

Location of the outhouse . . . Best to keep a safe distance. Don't want any mishaps. Would be a very bad place to hit the SPOT and have to wait for help.

Outdoor office. I could work here.

Another target.

Final pic of the homestead. Very fun to poke around these places. Probably lots of good time were had here. Looks like it was a mountain retreat about 50 years ago.

Starting to see some neat rock formations.

Gaining some elevation on the approach to Whitney Pass. Lots of big views back south and east across the AZ Strip.

Looking south towards the Grand Wash Cliffs.

Leaving AZ and entering Nevada.

Glamour shot of the TW on top of Whitney Pass. Carried extra gas but didn't end up needing it.

Looking directly at Virgin Peak from Whitney Pass.

Desert plants looking west.

The Overton Arm of Lake Mead in the distance.

Quite a few little side trails around Whitney Pass. Mostly short dead-ends to scenic overlooks.

Down in Whitney Pockets. Fantastic rocks. Great color. Lots of informal camping in this area. Easily accessible by truck, car, or moto from Mesquite via the Gold Butte Road. Good staging area for day rides deep onto the AZ Strip. No water. Not much of anything.

Small dam (dry) in narrow canyon.

Multi-colored rock.

Interesting place. Worth a visit.

From here it is pavement back to Riverside, NV then on "big" roads to Mesquite. Gold Butte is further south on dirt.

Last pic leaving Whitney Pocket area.

Thanks for riding along. And thanks for all the positive comments and PMs. Appreciate the votes.

Post up or PM if interested in Toroweap ride on Thursday, April 4th. Ride safe out there!

RedRockRider - WR250R, TW200, Versys, Vulcan 900 LT, Zuma 125

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