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Great Western Trail trail #160
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Post Post subject: Great Western Trail trail #160
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 06:28 AM
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Since my rail had been on road instead of off roading in almost three weeks I was at Sycamore at am. I ran most of the main trails and found a few that I had not been on in years. They were overgrown so not to many use them anymore either. I came across trail #160. So I took it. It heads out towards Sugar Loaf but then goes behind it and ends up at Mesquite Creek. I had not been on this trail since 1992 and never knew it was a numbered trail or remembered how viscous it was. At 3:45 PM I was 1/2 half mile from the highway and had about 3 miles left on the trail before it met up with Highway 87. If you have been on this trail you know the last 3 miles run down the creek from Circle Bar Ranch 9 (Doss Ranch) to 87. Well, I got 1/4 mile past the ranch until I found something like quick sand. It quickly sunk to the rear stub axles. I shoveled and put rocks under the tires but It did not work. My cell phone was dead I walked to Mesquite Creek until I got a ride to Ft Mcdowell. I got home at 8pm.

The picture is from 8 am this morning. By then it was on the floor. The picture is after I had put a 2"x6" from left to right and jacked up the drivers side and filled the hole with rocks. The left wheel is on a 2"x10"x8".

I must have found the only soft spot in the sand after that it was smooth sailing.

I will post a link to the video slide show in a couple of days.

It took about two hours to get it out to 87. Not wanting to waste the day We went to Sahguro Lake from Four Peaks Road by trail 13 and used a GPS to locate all the camping spots at the back side of the lake.

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Post Post subject: Re: Great Western Trail trail #160
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A good reason to go with more than one vehicle.

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I bet it was still a fun trip!

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I do not worry about riding alone. When I used to go with a group; 90% of them either had unreliable rides or thought a long ride was five miles or both. I rode for 7.5 hours before getting stuck. I had driven this trail in 1992 with the same rail and engine but with stock LP and Swing axle suspension. There is a small video of the recovery, mostly pictures at: www.youtube.com/watch?...simNcokFY. Not much action but the creek is an oasis in the desert. We then spent another five hours between Four Peaks Rd. and Saguaro Lake before calling it a day. Monday I will be pulling the rear wheel bearings and checking them for rust.

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