Who's up for round 2!?
I'm planning on a big loop around the high desert north of Cottonwood and west of Sedona on Saturday, December 12th. With about 50 miles in the dirt, we'll visit Robber's Roost, Honanki, and the Greasy Spoon trail as well as a whole lot of beautiful and thoroughly dusty desert in between.
Starting out with a rugged stretch from the Sycamore Canyon Road to 258. From there we'll skirt around the Mago Retreat complex and travel along a pretty serious powerline corridor before hitting 525C, a well maintained dirt thoroughfare. We're going to head down 525C for about a mile and detour up 9530 which will take us to a trailhead for Robber's Roost
. This is an approximately 1.5 mile round trip hike that goes up to a pretty awesome spot on the side of a red rock mountain. After the hike, we'll head back down to 525C and caravan down to 9549. There, we'll head north on a much smaller (read: pinstriping likely) trail that appears to lead all the way up to the Honanki Heritage Site (complete with pit toilets!). 3/4 mile walk at Honanki will take us within arm's reach of bunch of Native American Ruins. From here we baja a few miles down the Loy Butte Road to Boynton Pass where we branch off and get ready for some serious 4x4 action on the Greasy Spoon
trail. Also known as Pink Jeep's "Diamondback Gulch" trail, this is definitely rugged but I'd be willing to bet that any 4x4 FJ could handle it with ease. When we get to the end of GS/DBG, we're back on Loy Butte for a southbound skip and then we'll take 525A back westward. It will eventually drop us on the very well maintained Bill Grey Road (761) which will shoot us back down into Cottonwood.
I'm anticipating a long day - probably 6-8 hours, maybe more! Each rig that plans on doing the Honanki walk will need to have a Red Rock Pass ($5 + tax) or a national park pass on their windshield. I'd encourage everyone to pack lunch
as well because we won't be touching anything close to civilization once the pavement ends. Don't forget to bring plenty of water!
Meetup location is going to be the large parking lot at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, near the batting cages. Address is "East River Front Road, Cottonwood, AZ." (You'll turn onto 10th from Main St, following the signs for Dead Horse Ranch State Park, then your first right is East River Front Road - park in the lot on the left).
Air down will be a couple miles down, just before the pavement ends on Sycamore Canyon Rd.
Following the GPX, I actually ended the run at a car wash in Cottonwood with FAST free air. Everyone likes to tidy up at the end of a run, right?
Communications will be CB, most likely channel 16 (if there is mad interference from Deliverance hillbillies like what we heard on the Mingus Loop, we'll reconvene on another channel).
A side note: Most of this route can be bypassed! If you aren't sure about your or your vehicles' ability to complete any part of this route, there is a way around. We can set up way-points and meeting spots along the way, on the fly, if need be. There's also about 100 different ways to peace out early and head for 89A.
GPX is attached!
Red Rock Passes are available at the Honanki Heritage site from the site steward. They are unnecessary if you have a Federal Interagency Pass.
Meeting time is 9:30am, on the dirt by 10. Any disc golfers that are up for a round on Riverfront Park need to get there by 8 (or earlier).
With much consideration, I've decided that there should probably be a cap to the number of people on this run. That number is to be determined, but is likely to end up in the 15-20 range.
MOD3RN *May have AZFJ shirts available, get one!*
Jim (Local - Pathfinder)
Tyler (Local - Jeep)
Jeep (AZCruiser's Friend)