|NorthWest Bradshaw Mountains Loop (phone nbr correction)|
|By popular demand, this will repeat the rides I led on 5/14/2016 and 5/13/207. Because of conflicts, only 12 club members have done this one with me, but all said they saw some entirely new territory. The Bradshaw Mountains are of course those in which Crown King is located, but we won't be visiting there. Many club members have ridden into the Bradshaws from a number of different directions: from Lake Pleasant, Bumble Bee, Mayer, Poland Junction (on AZ69 like Mayer), Prescott, and maybe even Wagoner Rd. Wagoner Rd eventually becomes Forest Road 362 through Minnehaha & Shelley, but we won't be going that way either. I'll wager that very few club members have seen much of this route, except for those who were with me.|
We'll start by heading up (North in) the Hassayampa River valley from Wagoner Rd. Then East, up into the Western side of the Bradshaws. The vistas here are spectacular. We'll go North in the Western side of the Bradshaws, to pretty much their North end, then drop into the Hassayampa River valley again. The river is only a small creek through the forest here, just a few miles from its headwater. We'll lunch beside it. Then we'll ride South on a perhaps familiar stretch of Senator Hwy, to Palace Station. Finally we'll drop down to the West, through a beautiful wooded canyon, once again in territory unfamilar to most club members. This same canyon road will take us back to Wagoner Rd and our rigs.
The loop is about 50 miles, and will take about 5 hours with reasonable stops. We'll avoid the short & steep downhill with multiple deep ruts which flipped our good friend Linda Jennings last year. However, there are some other steep hills (though smoother), and some off-camber areas (not as bad as the one where the accident occurred on the recent Cherry to Jerome ride). Moderate experience required.
I MUST LIMIT THE RIDE TO THE FIRST 10 DRIVERS (MACHINES) WHO SIGN UP HERE WITH THE "ADD ME" BUTTON BELOW. This is because of very limited staging areas with decent trailer hauling access, none of them very large, anywhere around the loop. HOWEVER, don't hesitate to sign up at position 11 or more, in case some should withdraw.
We'll stage off of Wagoner Rd, which is Yavapai County Rd 60. This road runs East from AZ89 at about 12.5 miles North of Yarnell. Most parts of Wagoner Rd that we'll are are paved, though a few are gravelly dirt which is usually well maintained. I'll email detailed directions a little later to those who sign up. We'll ride at 10:00 sharp.
Contact: Rod Moyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 928.642.0101
|Time: 10:00 AM|
|Submitted by: rodmo|
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