The last time I hiked in this far NE section of our Superstition Wilderness
was January 5, 2008, with an Arizona Outdoor Travel Club (AOTC) group of eight we hiked a 14.25 mile "Tule Loop" option.
Now with Brian's more active involvement in the local and international Amateur Radio- "Summits on the Air Club" (SOTA), he has an ongoing list with an endless number of Arizona hike summits, some of which are also of interest to me in joining him for hiking purposes. When he mentioned wanting to schedule this Pinyon Mountain 5268 BM summit, I was interested in again visiting this north Two Bar Ridge Tr #119 area and recalled my past Jan'08 hike where we needed to hike a number of miles on rough, rocky, rutted 4WD-high clearance FR83 in order to complete our planned loop hike back to the Tule TH.
Joining Brian this day for the enjoyable and very first SOTA points activation of Pinyon Mtn 5268 BM I thought would also allow me an opportunity to 4WD exercise my modified "Grasshopper" Jeep which was overdue. As it turned out, we had a pleasant and short off-trail "out and back" hike to summit and SOTA activate the peak, but due to a fairly recent 300+ acre wildfire in early Sept'13- http://hikearizona.com/photo=409822
, upper FR83 was not as rugged a 4WD road as I had expected it to be (we concluded that back in early Sept'13 maybe
the F/S had needed to bulldoze/grade the upper rough sections in order to allow for access of fire fighting equipment and resources). Note
: A stock 4WD-high clearance vehicle with quality light truck (LT) tires is still required to safely drive (in/out) this upper FR83 section.
Aside from my driving to the FR83 upper end today which allowed for more quality time for Brian to do his needed SOTA contact work, driving my "Grasshopper" also allowed me the opportunity to go through the 4WD off-roader motions of airing down my tires and
disconnecting my front anti-sway bars for added off road capabilities when needed. As it turned out I really did not need to do all this for the FR83 drive, but it allowed me the opportunity to go through the motions which I had not experienced and exercised in quite a while. It's all still working which is good