8am meet time
Where to meet
Hot Bagels & Deli, on the northeast corner of 67th Ave. and Happy Valley. It's on the far east corner of the strip mall, right behind the Bank of America. This place has the best bagels and bagel sandwiches on the planet, no joke. I plan to have breakfast here before we head out, then we can run across the street to Circle K for gas, ice and snacks
Where we are going
North up Castle Hot Springs road, behind Lake Pleasant, and past the old Castle Hot Springs resort. It takes about 20 minutes from our meet spot to get to the turnoff, then it's about an hour up to the resort. Beyond that will be up to how far everyone wants to go, how slow the group is, etc.
2wd friendly, no crazy climbs, no additional clearance needed. There may be some rougher spots that will just take slower speeds to walk through, but nothing challenging on the main trail. It's all dirt and gravel, with a little bit of sandy gravel in one of the washes. I've seen cars back here on the earlier parts of the trail.
What to bring
- Recovery gear (you never know)
- good spare tire
- extra water
- basic tools
- 2 way FRS/GMRS radios if you want (I only have 4)
- a good attitude