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West Peak, AZ 
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Took an out-of-town friend on a quick midweek car-camp overnight to show off some non-desert views of Arizona. As I tend to do, I decided to explore somewhere I hadn't been before. Perfect weather to be enjoying the great outdoors at higher elevations! There are several trails in the area, and we sauntered a short distance down a couple of them, but generally didn't venture far from the truck.

The road up West Peak has just finished being largely rebuilt. It is in great shape, and there were three bulldozers that had been doing some amazing work. The amount of boulders that have been moved is impressive. I can't imagine what this road was like before! Even now, it is hands-down the steepest grade of any forest road I've ever driven. On the descent, I dropped it into 4LO, and down into 2nd so that I didn't have to ride the brakes too much. I can't imagine trying to drive down this with a full load in the truck!

In the lower elevations, the original road construction is impressive, with each culvert built with custom stonework. There are some nice areas in Tripp Canyon with corrals, camping areas, etc. This area doesn't appear to see much use. I guess that's part of what makes it so cool!

On the way back to the valley, we drove around to Coolidge Dam, which for some reason, I had also previously not been to. I'll have to come back here sometime. It looks like a great place to explore some more.
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