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Dolphin Trail #85, AZ

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Dandrea - Mt Union - Yankee Doodle Loop
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Yankee Doodle Eastern Loop
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Yankee Doodle Eastern Loop
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Overview: Begins at Forest Road 9404x and ends at Forest Trail 289.

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    Dolphin Trail #85
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    Dandrea - Mt Union - Yankee Doodle Loop
    Good times in the Bradshaws...

    A redo of a previous loop escaping the high temps of the Valley.

    FR67 on the way in was in great shape

    The sign for Camp Helaman [ photo ] has been removed. Not sure what's going on.

    We visited with John (19 years in the Mt Union Tower) for a bit.... and the highlight of the trip for me was finding out that RED from the Aztec Peak Lookout in the Sierra Anchas, is now manning the Spruce Mountain Lookout (Replacing Suzie)

    Time for a trip to visit Red
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    Yankee Doodle Eastern Loop
    One day Bruce hopes to have his own HAZ Forum thread. In preparation for his political run he took me through Mayer over to the Senator Hwy to Mt Union bringing the campaign home through Congress.

    We began our hike from the Senator Hwy & Turkey Creek. Over to and up FS 84. In just under a mile and half was the coolest part of the hike, Camp Helaman. It happens to be on Turkey Creek like the old defunct ranch we found last year at the Arrastra/Turkey confluence. Camp Helaman is still active.

    Keegan Trail #91 branches off to the NW, we continued north on the road up to what mytopo calls 289. Slightly questionable being a mile west of it's namesake. More so as it splits four ways from atop a mesa...

    Continued on 9404W. Which we should have stayed on until 9404V. Instead Bruce took me on a side trip through a very nice parcel. Albeit quaint my rural okie conscious was screaming unfavorable odds on leaving alive. We made do, aka lucked out.

    Passed up the old removed Dandrea Ranch as we did last year. This year continuing on Dandrea Trail #285 which mytopo calls 284 so who knows. Eventually we did pick up 284 and followed it around to Pine Mountain where we got pounded by rain last year. Storms churned this year too but held off until Pine Mountain. Showers were not as fierce this year. In addition we both had umbrellas to keep our core temps in check.

    Plans changed a bit. We backtracked to a bail option Bruce planned. After a thorny fifteen minutes we stumbled onto a nice single track that lead us down from Longfellow Ridge to the Senator Hwy. Bruce saw this on satellite. Not sure if it's named but it is very nice.

    The I-17 was closed so we rerouted through Yarnell. Aside from Helaman this was the highlight of the day since I've never traveled the White Spar Highway. Peeples Valley and Yarnell are righteously swank!
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    Yankee Doodle Eastern Loop
    Another Trip to the little traveled portions of the Bradshaws.

    I like this access to the Bradshaws on FR67 out of Mayer, because you only have 10 miles of smooth dirt road before you hit the Senator Highway. Much nicer than the Road to Crown King through Cleator. We'd hit up parts of this before, ending in an epic thunderstorm high up on Longfellow Ridge.

    I put this loop together to visit new areas and return to Pine Mountain when we could spend a little more time.

    We started in the tall cool (68) pines close to the 67 / 52 intersection.

    The plan was to head northish following trails, old mining roads and two track that I cobbled together using Route Manager. I'd seen some buildings on the Sat. view that needed checking out.
    I thought they may be mining ruins of some sort. Ended up they were for a place called Camp Helaman. Nobody was there, not quite sure what type of camp it is/was. Nothing I could find on the web.

    We made the climb up the Dandria Trail #285 from the Old Dandria Ranch site and hit the Yankee Doodle #284. There was activity in the Mt Union Tower but we continued on and made the southern turn on the Yankee Doodle and started down Longfellow Ridge.

    I really like his trail. You start in high in the pines, then just views all over!

    The storms were starting to make noise in the area. We had a bit of lunch and got rained on a bit. You could see squalls starting up to the South and Northwest. Finally made it up to Pine Mountain to enjoy the views. The track I had drawn, had us doing about a mile of off trail, East down the mountain, to an area I wanted to check out. We made the decision to go to my plan B, since it had now started to pour and my off trail portion looked a bit "Thick".

    Plan B had us backtrack to a bailout track I put together getting us off the Ridge. It would have worked out better If I'd used the scale right on my GPS, but we still hit a pretty established, unnamed path coming down.

    I short road walk and we're back to the Truck.

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    On the way home we ended up taking the scenic route. When we got 1 mile from the 17 on Rt 69, traffic came to a standstill. After checking, we found a fatality accident at Sunset Point had Southbound 17 shutdown. So instead of a 40 minute drive to get to the Park and Ride, we opted to turnaround and go back through Prescott Valley, Prescott, Wilholt, Yarnell, Congress, Wickenburg, Lake Pleasant to get to the 17. 2:40 and 140 miles.

    Lots more to do in the Bradshaws!

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