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Old 03-07-2010, 05:28 PM   #1
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Cool2 PHX-Hewitt Canyon Road-Desert Scenery

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My Bike...




and my camera for a short scenic ride...


Just outside the 6th largest city in the U.S.
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:45 PM   #2
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:54 PM   #3
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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.




East of Phoenix I turn off the US60 onto Queen Valley Road.


3 miles later I turn onto the graded dirt Hewitt Station Road.


After turning onto Hewitt Canyon Road (FR172) I'm immediately greeted by a water crossing at Queen Creek.


Hmmmmm....
This looks ominous.


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.



I'm greeted on the other side by increasingly better scenery.








I found a spot to stop for breakfast and pull out the DSLR.




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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Old 03-07-2010, 06:08 PM   #4
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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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Old 03-07-2010, 06:19 PM   #5
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Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing!!
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Old 03-07-2010, 06:31 PM   #6
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Thank you...

...for sharing these awesome shots!
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Old 03-07-2010, 06:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for the nice comments. I have a few more to share.






Arizona Road Hazard




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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Old 03-07-2010, 07:09 PM   #8
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I really enjoyed that!
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Old 03-07-2010, 07:16 PM   #9
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Out of all the local rides here, Montana Mountain has to be my favorite. Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-07-2010, 07:33 PM   #10
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I climb to the end of the road at Rogers Trough Trailhead.


I've backpacked into this canyon twice before.




I take a break from the bike and hike about 1/2 a mile in.




There's always sharp pointy things in the desert.


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!


Anyone know what sort of paw print this is? Mountain Lion?


High in the Superstition Mountains the scenery is quite different than the desert below.


Back on the bike and the wet roads.












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Old 03-07-2010, 07:46 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 03-07-2010, 07:53 PM   #12
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I really enjoyed the photos, It captured the essence really well.
Thank you for the effort.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:09 PM   #13
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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.
Ha Ha! You mean I put a puppy paw print in my ride report? 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.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:32 PM   #14
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Amazing Photos, thanks...makes me want to head East !
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:55 AM   #15
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Wow...

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