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cewillis

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Posted: 05/30/15 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Inspired (and somewhat chastened) by Trackhead's outstanding Tonto National Forest family trip reports, I decided to have a look around. After all, it's almost in my 'back yard'.
My trip included some little visited spots on the Salt River (in the SR Wilderness), the Sierra Ancha Wilderness from both sides, and Sheep Bridge from the east side. Here's the general area.
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A more extensive collection of larger pictures, and much more detail about the trip are on my web site, here .

Here's the view of the Salt River than many have seen - where US 60 crosses between Globe and Show Low.
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Skipping over the first (unsuccessful) attempt to find the river, here's a spot in the SR Wilderness that's only about 1200 feet from the river.
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And there it is.
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A really nice spot. And a LOT more water than I'm used to seeing in most Az 'rivers'.
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Headed downhill 2000 feet to the next spot.
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This one even has a parking spot.
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And a gate. (no fat guys allowed)
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Looking good.
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Another really nice spot.
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Near the end of a great day. (sorry about the quality)
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Southern part of Cherry Creek Road -- east side of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness.
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Some pictures of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness from the east side.
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It says "Primitive Road - Unsuited for private use"
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Starting up into the Wilderness.
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The road did get a little more nasty -[image]

I'll let some more adventurous people climb up to the ruins.
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Head back down the next day -- now what? They squeezed by on the outside.
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The outside --
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Now on the west side of the Wilderness at about 6000 ft. Lake Roosevelt.
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Aztec Peak -- highest(?) point in the Sierra Ancha -- 7740 feet.
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With a hundred mile vista supposedly -- but there was some haze.
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Next I went around the south end of Horseshoe Dam -- very bumpy.
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On the way to Sheep Bridge.
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I met Paulo, local ranch hand. He sold me 5 gallons of diesel. Anyone see a potential problem? (and NO - it's not gasoline)
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A little of Horseshoe Lake (reservoir).
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East side of Sheep Bridge.
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Here's one way across - only about knee deep, but watch out for hidden, large rocks.
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Going home.
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Here's what happens when I leave a garage space open.
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Thanks for looking.

* This post was edited 05/30/15 01:46pm by cewillis *


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Posted: 05/30/15 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful scenery and a great TR. You might have a problem if the water heater was to fire up while making that fuel transfer. How hot was it at this time of day?


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Posted: 05/30/15 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice trip/pix Cal,
I always get worried that the road will end on a cliff or swamp or something and one would get stuck...

thanks for sharing... fun eh? heheh...


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Posted: 05/30/15 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cal,
Good work here. Nice to see your trip report. A great time of year to see the area.
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Posted: 05/30/15 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good TR Cal, you did get around a bit. Where is the picture of the huge rock furniture at Aztec Point? Maybe it's on your website, I'll check it out. Thanks Cal, what's next?

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Posted: 05/30/15 10:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"I met Paulo, local ranch hand. He sold me 5 gallons of diesel. Anyone see a potential problem? (and NO - it's not gasoline)"

Was the problem that the diesel is off road diesel (no road tax on it) and has red dye in it?

Great TR and great pictures. Thanks for taking us along. I'm ready for a another one.

* This post was edited 05/30/15 10:57am by Butch50 *


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... 5 gallons of diesel. Anyone see a potential problem?

Yah, Newbie here...

I'm getting a Diesel Truck and was wondering the same thing, so standing by..
thanks... the "Learning Curve" you know..
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Gripnriprod wrote:

Beautiful scenery and a great TR. You might have a problem if the water heater was to fire up while making that fuel transfer. How hot was it at this time of day?
It's diesel, not gas so I doubt it would be a problem.
The only minor issue I see is that the OP is using a RED can instead of a yellow one.


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Posted: 05/30/15 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing your exploration!


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Butch50 wrote:


Was the problem that the diesel is off road diesel (no road tax on it) and has red dye in it?

You got it - farm/ranch fuel. And if one gets caught on a public road with that fuel in the vehicle, a big fine results (I'm told). I pretty much burned it up off road, and have since run the tank almost dry twice and filled with over 40 gals of legal fuel -- so I think/hope I'm safe.

I don't think I've ever left the water heater or water pump on when I'm not in the camper. And the propane was off, too.

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