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Old 03-09-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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AZ Prescott DS loop

Three riders and I departed to check out some routes I wanted to string together in the Prescott Nat. Forest.

CZRyan : KTM525exc
Marshall : KTM525exc
Brent : KTM 350xcfw
Escondeasy (Dan) 530exc-r

Leaving from Mayer, we blasted up FR67 and within 5 miles, were onto the Arrastra Creek trail.



Recent rains had swollen the creek and in this upper section, we had to cross the water several times





This particular section of the trail is little used, owing to it's access on both sides is obscured. One side is hidden by a wide rocky creek bed with no obvious trail and the other his hidden behind the corral at this ranch cabin:



It's early spring in the PNF so temps are cool and the trees have not grown in yet. My favorite single track in the state is found there.



After leaving the trail, we hustled up 52 to Palace Station, and from there up to E+L.

Fires have ravaged what once was my favorite trail in the PNF. It's now exposed to the sun, drier and hence, rockier than it once was. Dropping off to the Venezia trail, we encountered some treefall.



.......and more treefall







From there, we rode Ash Creek out to Bodie Mine road. I had tried and failed several times to get from there out to FR667 and that was the reason for today's ride. I don't know what my problem was because today, we had an easy time descending to the wash.



The urge to ride out onto the cliff is irresistable. Marshall succumbs:



From here, FR94c is a fun ride up a fast wash to join FR667. My second question was about avoiding the brutal up 667 that issued the coup de gras to my last Maxxis IT. Indeed, by jogging over to FR940somethingA, we did some climbing that was "less" tire killing than 667. Back on 667 above the hill, we traversed over to Mt. Trittle at 7800'MSL.

.....where we found these hard core Mtn. Bikers mid way into a long and arduous ride through what we had just done.



Some were on hard tail and fixed gear rides!

Found some wildlife on the ride. Thankfully, Javalina often stick around just long enough to pose for a shot.



From Mt. Trittle, we made our way to 52, Walker, and Lynx Lake out to Five Bros for some awesome burgers and fries. Return route was South to Potato Patch, up 285 Dandrea trail to Mt. Union (a trail that none of us had ridden before) and out to 5 points.
From there, we took to Poland rd where Marshall knew some interesting detours. He read my mind and jumped to the head of the line and showed us the cool tunnel that is hidden near breezy pines, then down along the river. We jumped on an abandoned rail bed that helped us avoid pavement all the way to Mayer.

All in all, we rode 58 miles to lunch and another 35 after that.
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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Not having the mad photojournalist skills of Nightstalker, I forgot to break out the camera for the second half of the day. Special thanks go out to Yardstick for sending me some tracks that confirmed what I was hoping to be true. Muchos Gracias! Too bad we didn't get to see you yesterday
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:41 PM   #3
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:28 PM   #4
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Nice

Fun stuff. Any chance you have the tracks from the ride yesterday that you can send me?
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:37 PM   #5
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The bradshaws just rock to ride in. I think that's my favorite place in AZ to ride. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:48 PM   #6
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The Bradshaws just rock to ride in. I think that's my favorite place in AZ to ride. Thanks for sharing your experience.
The Bradshaws are cool for just about anything.
Some of my best memories are from cruising around up there.

To the OP:
Great report, Dan.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:56 PM   #7
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Good stuff! Where's this tire killing hill?
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:12 PM   #8
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Great RR, ED!!!

I want to see that hill as well. I guess I will just have to see it in person!
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:02 PM   #9
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Those don't look like DS trails to me.

good stuff.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:17 PM   #10
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Golden Eagle is the tire shredder... I've been down it, up would be more fun
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Lots of water! Nice! You don't have to take photos after lunch.
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In the screen shot below, at N34 23' 21" W112 29'30", you enter from FR667 on the lower left. At the Y, you go left, then take the hairpin left, which leaves 667 and drops into a valley, then continues north. If you continue straight ahead at the hairpin left, you stay on 667 and the 'tire shredding hill climb'. The bypass is no picnic but 667 gets rough in the area just out of frame to the upper right.


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Old 03-09-2014, 10:28 PM   #13
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I used to live in Ponderosa Park 14 years ago and rode those roads back in there all the time. I've been to the bottom of Golden Eagle but when I lived there, there was a big pipe gate all the way across. Just as well 'cause it looked steep and loose and I don't think I would have tried it! I'm sure things have changed a little bit since then.
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[QUOTE=EsconDeasy;23656016]In the screen shot below, at N34 23' 21" W112 29'30", you enter from FR667 on the lower left. At the Y, you go left, then take the hairpin left, which leaves 667 and drops into a valley, then continues north. If you continue straight ahead at the hairpin left, you stay on 667 and the 'tire shredding hill climb'. The bypass is no picnic but 667 gets rough in the area just out of frame to the upper right.

Ok, now I know which hill. Yes that is a bear of a climb. We found the bypass, but agree it was no kiss-on-the-lips either.

Looks like you guys had an awesome day of riding!
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I think I know exactly which hill that is now. We missed that really sharp left the first time through and I had some trouble getting the SE up a big step on that hill climb. We turned around and vowed to come back on little bikes. I'm not sure the bypass would have been any fun on the SE either.
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