WED 2-13-19 ADAT Cave Creek district route inspection run

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WED 2-13-19 ADAT Cave Creek district route inspection run

Post by -Spike- » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:13 am

We're planning on doing route inspections on Wednesday February 13. The plan is the same as for the 2-6-19 run, assuming we don't finish the area on that day- our target is in the Bart/St. Claire area, north of Bartlett Dam Road and (mostly) west of Horseshoe Dam Road. The routes there are some of the last in the Tonto that have yet to be inspected and signed. However, this area has been closed to the public for a decade and a half, and only open to TRAL with prior permission, so inspections in this area require the Forest Service to be back at work. Hopefully the government will get its, uh, stuff together in time for this run to happen. If not, or in the unlikely event that we finish the area on 2-6-19, we'll come up with a 'Plan B'- likely going further north on FR24 (the northern end of Cave Creek Road).

This is a rare opportunity to see the Bart/St. Claire area, but it has a few challenges. Previous visits have found that the signing is generally in poor shape and needs a complete overhaul. We'll likely be pulling nearly all the existing signs and relocating many of them. The area is going to be under close scrutiny when opened. It's close to Phoenix and is probably going to see a lot of traffic, which means lots of reassurance markers to keep users on the right trails.

Some folks will recognize that this area is the home of the Telegraph Line Trail (FR42), but that trail is not on the agenda for this trip.

Meeting Time and Place-
Wednesday 2-13-19 at 9am at the kiosk in front of the Cave Creek Ranger Station
Official address- 40202 N Cave Creek Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Actual location is just south and east of that, on Bartlett Dam Road east of Cave Creek Road.

Please sign up on the TRAL Events Calendar if you plan to attend.TRAL will provide lunch for anyone signed up at least 24 hours before the event. If you are planning to bring guests, let us know in the Notes when you sign up. 

If for any reason you can't sign up on the Events Calendar, please contact me or reply to this thread below.

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Contact Richard Lillard at for information about TRAL's Adopt a Trail (ADAT) program.
Contact me via PM or if you are interested in receiving training to inspect the trails in Tonto National Forest, offered through the ADAT program.

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