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    4x4 routes

    anyone have any good routes for a vehicle with mid-level clearance?

    i was gonna go all amerikana this weekend and take mah gun and mah dogs out and about.

    i was leaning towards the back way up the bradshaws but i thought i herad they bladed much of it and i'm not sure i can clear the last ledge/shelf towards the top with the clearance i got.

    ever done the great western route near verde valley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB
    i was gonna go all amerikana this weekend and take mah gun and mah dogs out and about.
    I thought you were a Democrat...
    Ride more; post less...

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    Yuri,

    Back when I had the RR I'd pickup Chinese food and take my wife here for the sunset. Good stuff.


    - Take Pima to Happy Valley Road and head East.
    - Turn right on Alameda and take another right on 119th Way.
    - Continue veering left and follow road till it turns to dirt.

    You are now heading east along the northern end of the McDowells. If there on a Sat or Sun morning you will see where the climbers park and then climb up the flat rock face. There are various ATV and 4x4 trails. Stay out of the Preserve boundary to the south and I think you are OK. A tour company brings out-of-towners here.

    Pack you bike and head east on the trail to Pemberton.

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    durka durka

    i am an american
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    Wagoner Rd.

    It's been awhile so I don't know the exact road conditions, but you can take Wagoner Rd. in from the east end of the Bradshaws. the road is just north of Peeples Valley just before Kirkland Junction. It connects with various FS roads that link up to Crown King (I think it's FS362). We did this drive in a 2WD F-150.

    There are also a few abandoned mines along the road.

    John

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    "Durka Durka"

    Aha!

    So where did you learn farsi Yuri? Are you really recovering from surgery...or writing this from a training camp in Syria?

    I think Homeland Security is gonna get a call this morning.

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    i am deep undercover (in a sling)
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    i got your options right here, pal

    yuri-san,

    i have an old 4x4 backcountry roads guide at my house that has a boatload of options. i also work with a guy who does this practically every weekend. he has mentioned a ton of places in recent weeks. i can ask him or loan you the guide......

    you just have to travel to my house to get it. i will provide a pool for the family and beer for you, if you come by. what say you to "heinekens and juanita pool-side" ?

    wednesday early evening ????

    hmmm?????

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    Quick Google search yielded this...



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    git theee to San Juan Mtns, yo.

    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    git theee to San Juan Mtns, yo.
    mmmm CO.
    more passes next summer....
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    what??? no replies????

    yuri?

    hello?
    may your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. may your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
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    hic

    Quote Originally Posted by hcooper
    yuri?

    hello?
    what?
    no can do wed. got munchkin duty while the wife neglects us




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    thanks yo - perfect

    i always thought the "About" site was spam

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    ot but who cares

    just about everything around lake bartlett is closed to off-road. even the fr roads. the fires of old and erosion control and such. the one area that was open was i think part of the geat western trail as it ended up at rio verde and lots of bud lights and atv.
    a decent ride but not technical unless you play on the side outlets.
    no coors products were harmed...
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    Not sure you actually need a 4X4, but the road that passes Pleasant Valley is bumpy, and extremely scenic.

    (Keep in mind, my experience with off-roading is limited to my Protegee :-)

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    Skull Valley, no 4by needed unless the washes are deep with sand after a good storm. Just cut west off the main dirt road and look for the shells. Yeehaw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB

    i was leaning towards the back way up the bradshaws but i thought i herad they bladed much of it and i'm not sure i can clear the last ledge/shelf towards the top with the clearance i got.
    They do, but it's a continual process. I don't know what "ledge" you are talking about, but the routes that get graded just continually go through a cycle, they erode, and have to be re-graded. If you catch them at the right time, you can go in a car, if you do it at the wrong time, you need a high-clearance vehicle.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

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