Monday, March 22, 2010

maricopa trail

we have had our overnighters out to the tonto national forest via spur cross and such.
it was 90% trail.
we have long been thinkering on connecting to the black canyon trail from gordy's house.
with a weekend of passes it was time to go check it out. sorta.
i'll skip to the highlights.
1 traffic light 99% non-road. 80+ miles for the easy option simply from
gordy's house in phoenix to anthem and back.
maricopa trail.
sun circle trail.
things are coming together nicely in the valley.

early departure.
smudge on camera.
the facts of life when you take your kid's camera.

the new carousel designs seat bag was great.

we took our usual route to carefree highway.

we hung a left at the powerlines until we hit cave creek.

take a right


we linked into a trail that took us to the flume trail

32x21 on the john henry was perfect.

we linked the slate trail to go john at cave creek park which had restrooms and water.
blessings of the urban overnighter.

go john was groomed and single speed bikepacking friendly.

a ripping descent took us down the other side and north out of the park to the maricopa trail.

we hit a junction with signs going two ways.
north and west. we went west for a bit but so no more signs.
we went up a goat trail and turned back around to the junction to follow
the signs north.
we should have kept going west.
we did get some good exploring in and a dozen bonus miles so we got that going for us.

if you do keep following the signs you'll end up at an entrance to spur cross.
the new way into the tonto nf.

confused we ended up taking some dirt and paved roads to get back on track a bit sooner.

this was the very unassuming right turn gordy and his gears should have taken.

but we found what we needed.

we dashed into civilization in anthem to refuel a bit
and then found some shade to relax in.

knowing the west side of i-17 was not going to offer great camping we opted to head back east
to camp in state trust land.

we rode the trail proper back east and connected the unmarked stuff to the pass.

50 some miles later it was time to camp.

it got chilly and emergency measures were required.


ripping single track down to where we should have connected thru yesterday.

luf balloons

the climb up the north side of go john was sublime

under carefree highway.



Chad said...

Epic possibilities on this new route...well done on this great find!

Gordon said...

That was awesome. A bit rocky on the N side of Maricopa Trail where we opted to be stupid.
good stuff.

Robert M said...

"1 traffic light 99% non-road"

What route is this? Is there a canal path or something like that to get to Cave Creek Park?

YuriB said...

Path and State Trust Land on old moto and horse trails.

ScottM said...

Good stuff, Yuri. Many thanks for the post. Sounds like some quality exploration.

Haha, emergency measures.

It was a good weekend for bikepacking.