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Old 04-22-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Wicked Crown King Area Exploration Ride -or- Prep for Moab and 5MOH

The original plan for this weekend, a Lake Havasu run on big bikes, was stuck in my head until mid-week when most of the participants bailed and the ride was whittled down to a solo (well, 2-up) trip. Then something changed my mind. Wednesday a text came in from Slowred suggesting a Sunday ride the back way to Crown King. The next day I cancelled my hotel reservations and came up with a 2-up return ride to Young for Saturday.

Part of the reason I wanted to get back to Crown King was that the OHV ambassadors were there a few weeks ago handing out giant paper maps showing the trail systems in the Prescott National Forest. I noticed some errors immediately - mostly singletrack designated as 50" trail. But the map was supposed to have all of the current open trails on it. I wanted to find the start/end of some of these trails on our normal loop. I was also curious about how the Bradshaw Trail fared since it was near the source of the Gladiator Fire that happened in the area last year. But ultimately it was supposed to be a leisurely ride on our normal "Crown King Loop".

We heard from Refokus and OldtimerTC Sunday morning. Refokus was out but OldtimerTC was in on his new Super Enduro. Unfortunately Slowred and I were late to the staging area and OldtimerTC, noticing the influx of side by sides and Jeeps, did the sensible thing and started hauling ass up the mountain on the big twin. We were far behind but thought we could catch up if we hurried.


Shortly after starting off I spotted this donkey in the road.



He made a run for it when he saw us coming.



With all the traffic we kept a decent, but safe pace on the road and I took a few more pics while riding in the smoother sections.



Self portrait.



Smiling for the camera again.



At the CK rock turnoff to the Crown King Trail we found a huge group getting ready to tackle the trail. Since our pace is a little more brisk than most we skipped any picture taking to get up the trail.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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We did end up taking a couple of short breaks early on since the trail is extremely rough. The combination of high speeds and square edges mean that the trail is not that challenging or technical, just very rough.



I lost Slowred before a natural gathering spot on the trail and hunted around to find one bonus trail I mapped. This is the start of PNF Trail 233, apparently called the Lane Mountain Trail. We'll be back.



While I was checking out the new trail and wondering if Slowred was at the gathering area or farther up the trail a group of side by sides passed me. It's never fun to be stuck behind them with all the dust they kick up and their slower speed so I turned around quickly and got moving toward Crown King again. We didn't make another stop until we found OldtimerTC in Crown King well ahead of us. The traffic kept him moving along too.


After catching up we headed to The Mill for lunch!



Photography lesson - dim restaurants with bright backgrounds aren't good for non-flash pictures.



Knowing we were on our own we discussed our options for after lunch.



And made a beeline to Trail 216 aka the infamous Bradshaw Trail.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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The Bradshaw Trail and surrounding areas got hit hard in the Gladiator fire and the lack of vegetation means huge erosion cuts are going to be the norm every time this area sees significant moisture.



It's nice to see some green. Even a few trees were spared.



Slowred considered the Evil Kinevil approach to this crossing.



Then he found someone else's work-around.



Going down...



And back up!






Easy enough.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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Another smaller washout.



This is an extremely rugged and remote area.



The fire crews had a hard job.



There is a lot of charred plant life.



But random pockets were saved.



Around the next corner it's back to a charred wasteland.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:46 PM   #5
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Sections of this trail used to be so brushed in that you couldn't ride it without thorny leaves and stiff branches tearing your jersey. You could only see distant scenery in rare open sections.



I always thought it could use a trim.



This is not what I had in mind.



Now you can see for miles.



At least most of the trail is still in good shape.



And the obstacles are still in place.




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Old 04-22-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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I let Slowred get well ahead on most of the trail because the dust was about 50% dirt and about 50% ash.



More green springing up here.



And the trail continues.



Interesting texture on this charred bark.



That was an incredibly destructive fire. Those hills used to be covered in green trees.



It will come back... Eventually... Slowly.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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While it looks eroded (and it is, really) this is about the same as this trail has looked in this section for ~10 years.



I worry that we might lose these side-hill sections in the monsoons this year.



Slowred on his way down.



Some of the trail is already dangerously narrow.



This is actually a wider section.



Slowred navigates another drop.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:11 PM   #8
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Before, with all the foliage, you couldn't pick out a lot of this trail from up high. Now it's very obvious.



Yet another hard right downhill corner.



We passed through one gate toward the end. Then it was decision time. Head straight back on our intended return through Ryland Creek or do a little exploring.



Being in the same general direction we decided to make the call farther down the trail. The trail marker is for Trail 213, Wagoner Trail (not to be confused with Wagoner Road).



The marker shows a hiker, horse and bicycle. On the map Wagoner Trail is marked as a 50" trail. The Bradshaw trail is marked for motorcycles only and we know how narrow that is. We figured we were in good shape.



We thought we could explore the trail a little and if it got too difficult we could always turn around. Slowred said, "You know me, I'm up for anything."
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We started recognizing parts of the trail from a little side trip on a ride we did last year. This time we found the the trail we were looking for.

Just before this picture my right foot got smashed between the bike and a rock obscured by some brush.



I couldn't feel any warm liquid pooling in my boot so we kept going.



Did he say, "I'm up for anything" or "Hold my beer and watch this?"



Sometimes I wondered if we veered off the trail.



But it kept going.



For a little while at least.
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I'm starting to like this trail.



Some sections felt like a mountain bike trail.



Not because it would be fun to ride with a mountain bike.



But because you're constantly lifting a foot over a rock or a cactus. It felt like pedaling!



It is a very narrow trail.



I'm not sure if we saw a section that was even 50" wide.
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Sometimes it just felt like hiking.



A quick rest stop...



On the narrow trail.



Slowred negotiates another boulder field.



Hopefully this is good practice for Utah's Five Miles of Hell Trail next week.



If we're not doing five steps to the jacuzzi.
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The trail splits at this gate. One side is cow trail, the other is moto trail. We only followed the cow trial for a little while.



This looks better. I wondered, with this being designated 50" trail, what is the motorcycle trail that we are headed for going to look like? I joked that it would either be a road or completely disappear.



Yep! That's about right!



It turns out I was right on both counts. The motorcycle only trail, numbered 214 and called Cherry Creek Trail, followed this 2-track into a boulder strewn wash and then disappeared.



We hunted around for signs of a trail and found nothing but this pile of bleached bones.



Time to retreat! From here I wasn't sure how we would get out. I didn't have another escape route marked in my GPS.
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Fortunately the two-track road we found turned into FR-682.



Unfortunately we were running short on daylight and Slowred's stock tank was running low on fuel!



FR-682 eventually led to the east end of the town of Wagoner.



And Wagoner Road!



One of the big ranches along the road.
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Cherry Creek Trail #214 is what we were hunting for when we dropped into the boulder filled wash. At least we know it does come out where we expected.



Sort of.



We hunted around again but couldn't locate signs of a trail.



A few yards down Wagoner Road we found what we think could be the trail. More exploration is in order!



Not today! Slowred's 350 already threw on the low fuel light and it was time to make as short a trip as possible to the truck.



We got lucky when we found some people with less luck fixing a broken down VW buggy on the trail. They gave a splash of fuel to Slowred's bike. It was still going to be tight and since the 530 hadn't hit reserve yet (bigger tank) I cruised in the back in case the go-juice stopped flowing.
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Cow Creek Road is mostly smooth so I kept myself occupied.



More shots while riding.



Just after one of the last gates and you can tell the shadows are getting long.



Getting close! That's Lake Pleasant in the distance.



And soon we were back on pavement, the truck within sight when...



Slowred's bike stopped.
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