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Posted: 04/07/17 05:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Specifically, driving, camping, and hiking in the Dragoon and Chiricahua mountains. (no chuckling from the Colorado crew)

First, more and larger pictures are on my web site here .
(also, other trip report, truck upgrade, camper repair, home addition, miscellaneous, and cat pictures are linked at my home page

Here are excerpts from the MVUMs, in case anyone would like to locate the roads mentioned below.
Dragoon MVUM Chiricahua MVUM

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The Dragoons

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Middlemarch Road -- excellent dirt road that goes all the way across the range.

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Start of Stronghold Canyon - (687 road to 688)

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Got to be some mountain goats over there

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Top of Stronghold Canyon -- not far from the semi-mythical Cochise Stronghold

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Starting up China Peak road -697. Just past here, two guys on a side-by-side told me 'You can't get up there'

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At the top (except for some old mine 'roads')

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Nice little valley, just over the top.

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Starting back down the next day

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Not rock crawling -- but rough enough. I didn't hear anything hit under the truck, but I'm glad I added a transmission skid plate.

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Cochise Peak road - 345A. Too high to get over or around -- probably.
So backing down a one lane road -- happy to have a rear view camera.

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After a ~10 point turn-around, on foot to the summit - about 7000 ft.

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Pinery Canyon road in the Chiricahuas. Another good dirt road that goes across the range.

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42D road toward the wilderness area

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And on foot again, past the end of the road

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Near 9000 ft here. See the miniature mountain lion tracks?

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Too hazy today

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Rental camper on an F-150

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Name suggestions for this little peak? -- remembering that Kitt Peak is taken.

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Cave Creek - end of 42A road

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There's a 400 foot waterfall up there -- in the shadow at the low point of the ridge line

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Closer look

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Cave Creek again -- way up one of the trails

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Rucker Canyon 74E road via Tex Canyon

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628 road - that tree is a little too close, and too high to cut. On foot again

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Normal end of road -- trail continues

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Near Monte Vista peak

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Looks fake to me

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Turkey Creek Canyon

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Turkey Creek -- got to be some Brook trout in there

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Near the Cochise Stronghold campground, back in the Dragoons. The other end of Stronghold Canyon.

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4377 road off of the 795 road. Had to get out a few times to guide myself when I couldn't see the road.

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4376 road -- no other tire tracks or foot prints

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Finally, a poor attempt to photograph the moon and Jupiter.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I thought it was a great trip, and quite close to home.


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Posted: 04/07/17 06:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Posted: 04/07/17 07:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those are the type of road I enjoy doing, nice photos you took.


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When the ATV folks tell you you are heading into trouble, that is the sign of a good time! Well done.


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My backyard! Front-yard is Huachucas, Whetstones, Mustangs, and Santa Ritas. [emoticon]

Enjoy!

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Very nice escape.


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Posted: 04/08/17 06:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the TR , always appreciated .


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Posted: 04/08/17 11:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice TR! Thanks for providing the road detail.

You had to get out a "few" times to guide yourself? I hear you! Not having a spotter is one of the few pains of solo travel.


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Posted: 04/08/17 02:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cal,
Good job on both the trip planning and execution. You never know what you will find until you actually get there. Nice pix too. There are a lot of areas left to be explored in the Southwest.
I like the, "you'll never make it up there" from the quad crew.
Hard core on.
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Posted: 04/10/17 06:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What time of year was that?
And what elevations?


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