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Fred Pranty CabinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
4x4 Trip avatar May 04 2013
RedRoxx44
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Went in from Young and out the Seventy Six Ranch. I'll say about 90% 2wd and HC. Some steep, and mostly rocky trail. Brushy in spots. Great views. We stopped and looked over some large tumbledown Indian ruins; a few pot shards but I was excited to see a short curved wall in the brush, out of place in this mostly linear walled place. Reminiscent of kiva structure.
The road to the cabin was very brushy and had a couple of bad spots. We met some folks on quads and a guy driving a beater Toyota with three or four hunting dogs.
The cabin area is nice, the area of Gun creek even better. We explored some, always remember to check carefully tunnel entrances as I was squatted down shining my light and as I proceeded almost put my hand down on what looked like a Mohave, he was cold and never rattled. Did not get a good pic.
Going out had Brian drive did not like a short hill climb but with 4wheel lo and rear locker the Toyota didn't even falter.
Later on I just about torched the clutch trying to back up into a place off a moderate steep faint jeep trail. We walked then, then drove on to find a camp. Uh-oh, the aroma of hot or burnt clutch. We found a great car camp spot, near a hike we thought to do the next day. With the vehicle possibly crippled we did a quick inspection, then after a restless but quiet night packed up and headed out the shortest way possible. Of course we did not have complete maps because we weren't planning on heading out this way. We stopped at Soldier Camp but no one was home to answer our questions. We drove on out; toward the Seventy Six ranch on the rough and steep Coffee Pot road. We saw a nice fat Gila Monster. We lucked out after crossing Tonto Creek, the rancher was home and very courteously allowed us through and gave us the gate combination.
Going toward Globe we did a road test of power/RPM to see if the clutch was slipping and the car performed flawlessly. So I probably shortened the clutch life (92K on the Toyota, just breaking the engine in) but we got out so there----
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