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Cherry Creek - Sierra Ancha FR203, AZ
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Cherry Creek - Sierra Ancha FR203, AZ 
Cherry Creek - Sierra Ancha FR203, AZ
 
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Cherry Creek - Sierra Ancha FR203

This was my first time driving up Cherry Creek Road FR203. I can honestly say that is one rough nasty sucker. Good grief!! My chosen destination was clear up near the Hinton Creek confluence. The games begin just beyond Ellison Ranch. The summer rains must of had there way out hear. Its by no means technical four wheeling. Its just rough!! Ha! For some reason I had the idea that FR203 was a decent road with a periodic wash-out from time to time. I don't know where I got that idea. Driving up hear for a half day trip is crazy. Low range grinding all the way baby. Leave your stock p-metric tires at home. My hike in and out of Cherry Creek wasn't any picnic either. 500 vertical straight down with relentless loose rock. It ended up much steeper then the contours on my topo map indicated. Skinny zigzagging whitetail trails clinging to the steep brushy rock slope were the only relief. I use the word relief lightly. Whitetail deer trails are the worst game trails to follow. They will always get you down the hill but you will seriously pay your dues. This area is rough! There's just no way around it. In hindsight though, I must give credit where credit is due about FR203. Although terribly rough, it is extremely scenic. Crossing all of the lush beautiful sycamore lined perennial canyons coming off the Sierra Ancha Wilderness was immensely cool. Seeing Devils Chasm for the first time in person was amazing. That is one drive I wont soon forget.


Eric
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Mostly sycamore turning at this time. Nice balance of gold and green. Perfect in my opinion.
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