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4x4 Scenic Drive to Thompson Mesa- Salome Wild, AZ
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4x4 Scenic Drive to Thompson Mesa- Salome Wild, AZ 
4x4 Scenic Drive to Thompson Mesa- Salome Wild, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Feb 19 2021
Grasshopper
4x4 Trip17.64 Miles 3,151 AEG
4x4 Trip17.64 Miles   13 Hrs   35 Mns   1.30 mph
3,151 ft AEG
 
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In March'08 and March'10 I visited this area for two very enjoyable long drive - dayhike trips to do the [ Boyer Cabin Trail #148 ] and the [ Boyer Ridge ] .

Oregon_Hiker and I had been planning over two prior months for another early Spring'21 seven to eight day vehicle camping / hike exploration trip back (a third visit for me - a first for O/H) to this Tonto National Forest scenic, remote, rugged, and historic ranching area which bordered the Salome Wilderness in the high foothills, northeast of Roosevelt Lake.

Since March'08, the drive out and back to this Thompson Mesa area had always been a challenging stock 4WD vehicle trip, but generally safely doable in a capable, stock 4WD Vehicle with quality off-road tires, high clearance, and with an experienced off-road driver behind the wheel.

After the recent completion of our two months of planning for this soon upcoming full week trip, Oregon_Hiker and I still had a few concerns related to road conditions and campsite location options. O/H was mostly concerned about road conditions and I was mostly concerned about locating a suitable enough new "Camp Grasshopper" location. Fortunately, we decided to first do this 2/19/21 long day out and back scouting trip and a very smart decision it was as after, we needed to cancel our plans for our upcoming full week trip to here [ photo ] :o

For the rest of our well documented day out, and before attempting this now serious 4WD day to Thompson Mesa, please read Oregon_Hiker [ triplog ] with relative comments, photoset, and please review my posted Gps drive route above and linked here with important road, waypoint comments [ gps route ] .

In hindsight, the moral to this enjoyable but very challenging day is..
The First Rule of the Wilderness applies: NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING! :D

On our four+ hour drive back home, we took a welcomed break for dinner in Miami at the always satisfying [ image ] .
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