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6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT Young trip

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:05 pm
by -Spike-
We're going north! This will be one of our trips to Young for the summer season. We are not sure yet if we will have rooms in the Forest Service barracks or not, so camping is a possibility.

We're planning on running from Tonto Basin across the Sierra Anchas on FR609 and various other routes, doing route inspections along the way. We'll play the return trip by ear.

We'll be up there for 3 days, but folks are welcome to join us for any or all of those days. Note that each day is a separate event on the TRAL calendar, please sign up for each day that you plan to attend.

Meeting spots for the second or third day will be determined as the event approaches if necessary. If no one signs up to join us those days, there won't be a meeting place.

Also, as with any ADAT run, if no one is signed up 24 hours before the trip, we may not go to the meeting spots. Make sure you check back here before you attempt to join us unannounced.

Meeting Time and Place:
6-7 9am at Tonto Basin Marketplace- 45994 AZ-188, Tonto Basin, AZ 85553
6-8 TBD if necessary
6-9 TBD if necessary

Lunch will be provided for folks who let us know they're coming at least 24 hours before the FIRST DAY'S event start time. Either register on the TRAL Event Calendar or reply to this thread (and let us know which day(s) you will attend). Please let us know if you plan on bringing guests. Look for the option to add a note if you register on the calendar.

Keep an eye on this thread for the latest updates.

Re: FRI-SUN 6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT North Country route inspections

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 5:15 pm
by -Spike-
First post updated.

Re: UPCOMING! FRI-SUN 6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT Young trip

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:21 pm
by RichardLillard1
Current plan is to use the barracks in Young. Met a couple FS people up there on the last trip who we have left messages with to let them know we will be there.

Re: 6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT Young trip

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:13 pm
by RichardLillard1
Another great run up to the cooler temperatures of Pleasant Valley! For this trip, the focus on the way up was 416 and 416B in the Sierra Anchas, including Gun Creek.

Dropping down into the canyon.
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A little bit of rock play.
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Stopped for a couple quick shots, then headed on to look for a lunch spot.
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Re: 6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT Young trip

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:29 pm
by RichardLillard1
From there, over to Buzzard Roost Canyon. Along the way checking out a few spurs.
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The canyon itself is great, but the views on the way out are pretty decent too. :smokin:
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Re: 6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT Young trip

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:34 pm
by RichardLillard1
From there into Young, then onto day 2.

Obligatory natural habitat picture. :hillbilly:
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Pres and I split off into our own group to see what we could check out while Ben and Brad did the same a little further south. Both groups wound up finding some great views, nice drives and got some good mileage covered.

One of the routes Pres and I checked headed out to Ellinwood Ranch and featured some nice camping spots with pretty good views of the surrounding landscape.
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Re: 6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT Young trip

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:42 pm
by RichardLillard1
After lunch, wrapped a couple things to the north then took 618 south meet back up with Ben and Brad. 618 is a fantastic drive, the northern end of which is throughout dense pine trees, then leading to a great mix of pine and high desert with vistas of the Mogollon Rim to the north and the Sierra Anchas to the south.

Didn’t take many pictures as I was too busy driving along enjoying it!

Unfortunately it’s that time of year; snapped this shot of the Coldwater fire up on the rim.
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The views to the south didn’t disappoint.
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Re: 6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT Young trip

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:45 pm
by RichardLillard1
Wrapped up the day by headed back into town and got some dinner at Bruzzi Vineyard.

Day 3 started as any other in Young... :hhmm:
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Headed over to 861, which was in need of a marker, then started running that, which turned out to be a great drive, too!
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Re: 6-7 thru 6-9-19 ADAT Young trip

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:11 pm
by RichardLillard1
After lunch, Pres and Brad split off to head for home while Ben and I continued working a little more in the area to round out the trip.

The area which we looked at hadn’t been signed since 2014, so a lot of progress has been made since then with regards to how we approach things. Back then, if a marker was existing and you could make out the route info, we left it alone. Several markers were installed with two route numbers on a single side of the marker, which might seem like an efficient use of the space but poses the problems of getting the marker far enough into the ground to prevent it from having issues and also causes the bottom numbers to be covered up by shrub growth.

This is a good example. When we installed this one in 2014, it was easy to see and made sense to us at the time. Now it blends too easily into the landscape and takes a second glance to decipher.
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A closer look. The decals are having issues, it’s placement is odd and makes the Y-intersection slightly confusing. The turn to passenger at the right edge of the picture is a new route with a different number, so users coming in the direction I came need that to be clear. And to top it all off, we initially had used evaluation numbers for routes, which are different than the actual route numbers...for some reason.
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So out it came, signing the new route only on one side, putting the through route on the backside of the marker. Less confusing and you’re given the information you need depending on the direction of travel.
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From there, ran the rest of 102 which, while graded, was full of great views to finish off this trip.
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