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Pinto Wander, AZ 
Pinto Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2018
chumley
Hiking4.22 Miles 882 AEG
Hiking4.22 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.11 mph
882 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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After driving by yesterday and seeing the colors below, I decided that a quick trip into Eric and Pam land would be perfect for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon.

I opted to skip the long approach from the west and start east of the current bridge. Except for getting up to the old highway, this turned out to be a good plan.

Along the way I noticed that not only is the old US 70 still there, but an even older cut -- presumably a mining road or wagon trail -- exists lower down. When exploring the creek, I found the crossing for that old road, plus a mine, some old mining equipment, and a bunch of automobile wreckage. While badly overgrown, the original pre-highway 70 roadbed was still intact, showing that it was originally constructed quite well.

On the way out, I climbed up to what must have been the road that was cut when they built the current bridge. It was evident and easy to follow, but was badly eroded and didn't have any of the more permanent marks of construction associated with the two previous iterations of roadway through this canyon (no culverts or retaining walls) making me presume that this was built only to access the bottom of the bridge during construciton and not meant to last a long time.

After my hike I decided to drive FR320 not fully realizing that it was open to driving, as the HAZ hike description doesn't really mention that. Despite some bad erosion, large rockfalls, and a lot of missing pavement, I was able to make it all the way to the east side where it dead ends at a drop off to the current highway.

While making a simple 3-point turn to return to Top of the World, I drove into a culvert that I hadn't seen. ](*,) Luckily, I was able to self-rescue with some help from my jack and taking advantage of my rear locker. :y:

Had a RS glitch where I lost about 45 minutes, so there's some points in the track added manually when I got home.
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