After having a blast with some of you guys on the Rug Road trip, I figured that it was time to make this thread a little more than just a one trip thing. Mh.meier and I do a lot of trail runs and camping and this thread is to serve as a cordial invite to whoever wants to join, as well as view pics and vids of the events.
This first post will serve as a cover page for the Rug Road trip intro, as well as for links to other pages in the thread for other trip intros. Also, I'm open to suggestions/ideas for other places to camp and trail run so don't hesitate to shoot me some ideas So, without further adieu....
JeepAndrew's AZ Trail Runs/Campouts Thread!
*Jump to page 157 for the latest trip, coming on August 17th, Total Wreck Mine Underground Shenanigans! http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/ari...pouts-157.html
Links to previous trips:
*Page 134, intro to: Snowtank's Big Lake/White Mountains Beat The Heat Summer Camp-out! http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/ari...ml#post7011191
*Page 61, intro to: Dragoon Mountains Camp-out And Mine Run! http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/ari...ml#post6715920
Dragoon run pics begin on page 89: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/ari...ml#post6846008
The first run was Rug Road. A trail this awesome requires an equally awesome group of wheelers, and I gotta say, everybody delivered. From Brian conquering "the chute" pre-runner style, to the stripper pole mod making its' appearance in camp that night, and the ensuing hilarity that followed, this was truly a trip to remember. This trip was also memorable on a downside; unexpected changes in trail conditions caused a reasonable amount of trail damage to be inflicted on the group...
Rug Road Trip Pics:
Page 44: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/ari...mpouts-44.html
Page 49: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/ari...mpouts-49.html
Here it is ladies and gents, by popular demand...
The Official Epic Rug Road/Carpet Hill Trail Run & Camp-out!!
Saturday/Sunday, March 23rd/24th.
A little info on the trail:
Formerly a mining/ranching access trail, the infamous 23 mile Rug Road snakes across the northern part of the rugged Galiuro Mts between Mammoth and the small town of Klondyke.
Beginning with the uphill climb from Mammoth on Copper Creek Road, Rug Road dives off to the left around the 8 mile mark and begins its northeastern winding path across the remote Galiuro Mountains. After several miles of dry creek and canyon driving, you come to the highlight of this 23 mile trail, Carpet Hill, a section of off-camber, rock strewn, heavily eroded shelf trail descending across the side of Boulder Mt and into Dry Camp Canyon. Several somewhat tight switchbacks and an elevation drop of over 700 feet in just 3/4 of a mile make this section one of the steepest around and not for the faint of heart. After ascending from Dry Camp, awesome views are awarded from the often windy vista at Table Mountain Pass. Afterwards, the trail turns east, wandering past the abandoned Table Mountain Mine and smelter, as well as the now empty ranch cabins and stables at Parson's Grove and Bleak Spring. At the east end of the trail, rocky steps, numerous obstacles and Moab-style scenery abound as the trail drops into Turkey Creek, finally ending in Aravaipa Canyon, where huge cottonwood trees and sandstone canyon walls tower high above, and water flows nearly year-round.
Hope that was a good enough description
***EDIT*** Meeting time has been moved back from 8:30-9am to 7-8am. This will allow the group to see more of the points of interest along Rug Road, as well as allow time to make a side trip to the ghosttown site of Aravaipa. Also, setting up camp in the dark sucks. We should be able to avoid that with the extra lead time.
Meeting place will still be at the Valero Gas Station at 15240 N Oracle Rd in Catalina at around 7-8 am on Sat the 23rd. For anybody lacking 4wd or just not wanting to drive the trail, there will be plenty of room to ride in other rigs! Also, the Basha's store next to the Valero station has a well-lit parking lot and will be a good place to leave trucks for the weekend. After everybody arrives, we'll leave from there and head to Mammoth to top-off tanks before we head into the Mts. The trail takes about 6-8 hours to run including stops at the historic/interesting parts. Once we get to Turkey Creek at the east end, camp will be set up and the drinking/merriment will commence! The next day we will go back the way we came.
On the Monday before the meet I'll PM my cell # to everyone on the attending list, just in case you need to contact me for any reason about the trip.
Here's the lineup so far:
TroCo & neslerrah
Should be a blast and hope to see everybody out there!
Here's a few pics of the amazing scenery along the trail: