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Bulldog North via Usery Pass Rd, AZ
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Bulldog North via Usery Pass Rd, AZ 
Bulldog North via Usery Pass Rd, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2018
CannondaleKid
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,604 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   2.56 mph
1,604 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Wow!
I only expected to hike 4 or 5 miles today, but one thing led to another and it became my longest hike since my back surgery... in fact it is my longest hike since March! :o

The plan was simply to see if the injured colt we encountered on Thursday was still in the same area. On the way to that area, I came across ATV tracks that were well over a mile from the closest legal route. Wondering where it came from and where it went, I figured after checking for the colt I'd find out how far the tracks went in each direction.

The colt was nowhere to be found so now it was time to check out the ATV tracks. My first thought was that the ATV originally came from FR 3554, so I circled around Peak 2129 seeking ATV tracks across the wash. Nothing doing, so I decided just to follow a direct line back to where I initially crossed the ATV tracks. Within a 1/4 mile I found the southern-most point the ATV reached. Oh great, it had not come from FR 3554, but somewhere to the north. Oh well, I only wasted 2+ miles of hiking for nothing.

Ok, so that I know the ATV came from and returned to the north, I'll just follow the tracks. The tracks continued for over 2-1/2 miles! And not back to FR 10 in Bulldog (which would have made more sense), but back to Bush Highway, where they had driven the ATV between a boulder and the new guard-rail, through a new cut in the fence then up the wash for 2.7 miles. And it wasn't just 'up-the-wash' but every once in a while they drove over/through a bunch of vegetation when the wash was too narrow or there were other obstructions.

I guess I'll never understand why folks think it's ok to make their own roads in prohibited areas. Maybe it's the same wanderlust of the 1800's... explore 'new lands' and seize it, after all, it's there for the taking, isn't it?
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