PLC92084 wrote:As I recall, after crossing through the water (the creek was flowing when I was there in April a couple years back) and making my way to the "road" the "kid" mentions, there was a steep berm (2-3 feet, I think) one had to get up (if you're hiking, it's not a problem; for a vehicle, it's pretty tough to get over...).
With careful placement of the tires (and reasonably high-clearance) it isn't as bad as one would think. I'd been up and down it several times while doing recon leading up to my Skeleton Cave hike with Joe with no issues. Unfortunately on the drive out for the hike, the 24 year-old rubber transfer case gave out just after we passed over it.
I believe it is located here: N33 36.935 W111 26.627
PLC92084 wrote:The "road", after that point, wasn't too bad; a normal 4x4 could navigate it without trouble.
I'm sure some areas of the road
have deteriorated significantly since you were out there because there were some BAD
sections, especially some rough and rocky hills we had to climb on the return trip that made for a teeth-rattling ride. Just ask Joe how many fillings the ride jarred loose... Of course part of the problem on that day was the rear locker on my Samurai was not working so we had to use the brute force take-a-run-at-it
in a few rough sections instead of the safer crawling-carefully-in-1st-gear-low-range
method I prefer.
Oh yeah, on the drive from Cottonwood Camp to the TH when I hiked Hell's Hip Pocket Ridge (9/20/11) I averaged 4 mph in my Samurai, and that's including a number of hundred-yard relatively smooth sections I reached 15+ mph so you know I spent a lot
of time at 3-4 mph.
Still, I'd rather drive that part than hike over-hill-over-dale like Joe and Bob did earlier. Although Joe and I did not physically set foot in the cave, we were barely 100+ yards from it (albeit with a chasm between us) before we turned back, which we could never have done in the time-frame we had. (Especially after the 45-minute delay to fabricate a temporary transfer case mount out of a piece of wood)