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Old 03-15-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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AZ - Snow on the Bradshaw Trail and Car-nage on Wagoner Rd.

On Sunday I got a message from jrproper about riding to Crown King the back way on Monday. I was still recovering from 501 miles going to and back from Lake Havasu the day before, my bike needed some maintenance (oil change and air filter) and I had a bullseye pistol league to attend. But why pass up a good ride?

We started early to get past the Phoenix freeway system before it turned into a parking lot and so I could get back early enough to see if my arms could hold a pistol steady after a rocky ride. Yeah, right!

Once at the airstrip parking area, we unloaded and heard something that sounded like a wounded moose! There was a herd of wild donkeys in the area!



Here, donkey, donkey, donkey!



Jrproper had an apple in his pack from the Rug Road ride we did almost a month ago! The donkeys were wary!



His presence or having a red thing tossed at them didn't instill confidence in the herd. There were no takers.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:46 PM   #2
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The Crown King trail is in pretty good shape overall. This spot (looking back) looks worse than it is. It's probably even big bike friendly for a select few.



I was cruising and looking around a lot. I noticed several things I don't normally see off to the sides of the trail. This shelter or mining equipment is new (or I hadn't noticed it before).



Another little mining shack.



This one has been around a while, but I haven't noticed it in the past.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:00 PM   #3
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In Crown King, The Mill Restaurant was closed. Apparently they are only open Friday through Sunday.



The next choice for food is the Saloon in town. I haven't spent time taking in all the historic pictures and memorabilia they have in the saloon before.



Interesting to see something about Bouse. I've been there. I didn't notice where it said, "oceanfront property" but judging by the current population that might be where that comes from.



A little blurb about the Arizona Mascot gold mine near Crown King.



And pictures of some gold from the area!



We also visited the "Prospector Mall", which now has an account with a motorcycle parts distributor!
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:14 PM   #4
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After an early lunch and tour of the "mall", we made our way up Gladiator Mine Rd.



Jrproper saw this snowy patch and wanted to play!



The novelty would soon wear off.



Trials tires seem to work pretty well in most places in Arizona. Snow isn't one of those places.



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Old 03-15-2011, 07:20 PM   #5
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Coming back from the short detour.



We rode down and down and down the trail. I've been on this trail a couple of times before, but once we took an early out and went down Bull Run. Another time I went through to the road that goes up Towers Mountain. This time, we ended up somewhere on the infamous Bradshaw Trail! And it had to be covered in snow, too...



Snow + worn trials tire =



The Desert tires seemed to work mostly okay.



This isn't such a bad way to spend a Monday!
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:26 PM   #6
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Jrproper hit a big, slippery root on a steeper section of the trail.



And then we found ourselves at another obstacle.



Fortunately it was already broken and partly rotted, so it was easy to break up and move.



We also weren't done with the snow!



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Old 03-15-2011, 07:27 PM   #7
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Great pics. Looks like a fun ride.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:32 PM   #8
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Let's see some more.......

Snow and the Bradshaw Trail..
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:32 PM   #9
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On the way up the Bradshaw trail I kept thinking to myself, "I think we were supposed to take that left, Focker!"



We spent some time on the Bradshaw, so we skipped the side trip to the top of the mountain. There's some kind of project going on up there anyway, it seems. We went directly for Senator Hwy and out toward Wagoner Rd instead.

Along the trail to Wagoner Rd. I spotted another little house I hadn't seen before.



The trail continued beyond the house where these old refrigerators are rotting away. There was more trail, but I was on my own and had told jrproper I'd be at Minehaha -back to business!



Another side-trail I've been meaning to take goes to a mine site on the side of a hill.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:39 PM   #10
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We were seeing tracks from something with highway tires on the trail. I knew the trail wasn't too bad, but I'd still want a tire with more traction if I were in a truck or jeep. Around a corner, just down the hill from the Minehaha mine we found out what was making those tracks.



This guy in a Chevy Cruze was trying to get to Crown King from Mayer!



Someone in a Jeep told him that he shouldn't be on Senator Hwy in that car, so he was trying to find an alternate route out.



Rally speed, it is not!



The Chevy Cruze suspension flex test.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:44 PM   #11
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We stayed with the guy until the road turned to maintained dirt and then turned back to ride through Ryland Creek.

An offshoot I checked out on the Ryland Creek trail led me to this little water trough.



It's a good thing that guy didn't get directions down here!



Jrproper rock hopping.



Choices, choices. Cow Creek Road in front of us, or a hard right to Walker Gulch. Hey, what's on top of that hill in the distance?



There's a house up there!
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:49 PM   #12
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It was too late in the day for me to get back early enough to punch holes in paper, so we thought about trying for the mansion on the hill. Walker Gulch seemed like a good direction to try.



But this is about as close as we got. Maybe next time!



Walker Gulch leads to Buckhorn Wash, which leads to Castle Hot Springs Rd. Someone has been taking care of and restoring the old resort.



One day I'd like to get a tour. Or maybe I'll just have to get a camera with an even better zoom and peer in the windows!



Parting shot.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:12 PM   #13
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Great pics and report, thanks for putting them up!

Anybody know more about the house on the hill?
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Nice ride...
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There's a house up there!
I know how to get up there, but there is a gate across the road.

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