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Apr 20 2019
cw50must
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42 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Chuckwagon - Mescal - Deadman's pass - Long Ca, AZ 
Chuckwagon - Mescal - Deadman's pass - Long Ca, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Apr 20 2019
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Mtn Biking9.10 Miles
Mtn Biking9.10 Miles
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In all the times I've been to Sedona, I have never had my bike with me. Planned a trip with the boys and the night before we came up with this sort of figure 8 loop. It was great.
Chuckwagon was mostly empty other than the section that people use to access Devil's Bridge. There was also quite a bit of water still in some of the creek crossings.
Mescal is the main one I wanted to ride, seemed like a nice mix of slick rock and exposure, but not crazy like white line. I enjoyed this trail a lot, excellent scenery, and even though there were many others on the trail it did not feel over crowded.
Deadman's pass, not bad, would have rather gone downhill not up.
Long Canyon, glad I was going down on the one.
I also confirmed how out of shape I am in, but even so this trip was plenty enjoyable, not sure why I waited so long.

chuckwagon - [ youtube video ]

Mescal - [ youtube video ]
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Apr 20 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Slim Shady - Templeton, AZ 
Slim Shady - Templeton, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
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Hiking2.75 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles
300 ft AEG
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After the morning ride we went and got pizza, this means I am no good for riding. My friends headed out for a 2nd ride and I chose to take a hike on Slim Shady and Templeton. Great views from here, especially once you get up to the high spots on Slim Shady. Also, these trails were pretty empty for a Saturday. good stuff.
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Mar 14 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Colossal Cave Mountain ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Caving avatar Mar 14 2019
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Caving
Caving
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A while back a friend and I had planned on hiking Picacho Peak on this day. Turns out we planned it in the middle of spring break so we adjusted our plan so his daughter could go with us. It became a cave trip. First stop was Colossal Cave and second stop was Kartchner Caverns.

I had been to Colossal cave a few times in the past, but it was still enjoyable. We also did the nature hike, and then the offshoot that goes down the hill to the camping area and then back up. Nice desert area and the temps were perfect. I think the highlight here was we saw a bunch of coatimundi right outside the cave. The tour guide told us that they live in the front part of the cave and are responsible for the funky smell right inside the entrance.

Kartchner Caverns was new to me and I was really looking forward to it. We had booked the Big room tour. The whole set up they have there at the state park is pretty nice. I was really impressed with the cave. Its quite a step up from Colossal. Even entering the cave is cool, makes you think you are going into some secret underground layer with all the doors! The history and all the finds in the cave are cool, the guide does a good job here. They don't allow pictures of videos, well unless you pay for the $125 photo tour.

Video of Coati [ youtube video ]
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Mar 14 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Kartchner Caverns - Big RoomTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Mar 14 2019
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Walk / Tour0.50 Miles
Walk / Tour0.50 Miles
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A while back a friend and I had planned on hiking Picacho Peak on this day. Turns out we planned it in the middle of spring break so we adjusted our plan so his daughter could go with us. It became a cave trip. First stop was Colossal Cave and second stop was Kartchner Caverns.

I had been to Colossal cave a few times in the past, but it was still enjoyable. We also did the nature hike, and then the offshoot that goes down the hill to the camping area and then back up. Nice desert area and the temps were perfect. I think the highlight here was we saw a bunch of coatimundi right outside the cave. The tour guide told us that they live in the front part of the cave and are responsible for the funky smell right inside the entrance.

Kartchner Caverns was new to me and I was really looking forward to it. We had booked the Big room tour. The whole set up they have there at the state park is pretty nice. I was really impressed with the cave. Its quite a step up from Colossal. Even entering the cave is cool, makes you think you are going into some secret underground layer with all the doors! The history and all the finds in the cave are cool, the guide does a good job here. They don't allow pictures of videos, well unless you pay for the $125 photo tour.
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Mar 09 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,256 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles
1,256 ft AEG
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Had a really busy weekend, but managed to work in an urban hike. Started at Pima and just headed out to about Fat Man's pass and back. Weather was great, wild flowers were out, allergies are going nuts. enjoyable though.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
saw a lot that day
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Mar 03 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Gooseneck Trail - MSPCPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 03 2019
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Mtn Biking13.00 Miles 586 AEG
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles
586 ft AEG
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Started up at Rio Verde rd. took Gooseneck down to Rock Knob, then left at Pemberton, connector back to Gooseneck, back to trailhead. I really enjoyed gooseneck, this trail had good flow in both directions, in fact this entire loop had good flow. The desert scenery is great right now!
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Mar 02 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
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Hiking5.80 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.88 mph
609 ft AEG
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I did a version of this but also included some of West Loop and the dirt road. I started in the Pima lot instead of 46th st. Lots of green and some wildflowers.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Feb 23 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
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Hiking4.00 Miles 583 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.40 mph
583 ft AEG
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Headed out to the Superstitions, wanted to hike with snowy views. My initial plan was the Broadway trailhead, but the parking situation wasn't letting that happen. I ended up at Hieroglyphics trailhead. Went out on Lost Goldmine a ways and then turned back. Was a great day, first time on this section of trail. Was sunny, good weather, clouds were covering the peaks. Many small water crossings.

I like to give parking lot reports. I arrived at about 9am and the lot was 50% full. When I returned it was 115% full. Cars were blocking in other cars, there were several cars waiting for spaces, and the road out had at least 5 cars parked there directly in front of the no parking signs. On my hike I think I saw 4 hikers, probably the same amount of mountain bikers once I got out into the goldcanyon system. I can only imagine the crowds out on hieroglyphics!

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Feb 17 2019
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Usery Spur - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2019
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Hiking3.80 Miles 424 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.85 mph
424 ft AEG
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Today I made my hike out by Bulldog canyon mostly because I wanted to test out my new trail rig, but also get in a hike. I did the Spur of the Maricopa trail up to pass mountain and then back, but I also included the connector out to the small gate at Usery Pass rd. I liked this little trail and I need to work it into a bike ride I think. Then I did a quick drive out 3554 and then left on 10 out to Bush hwy. It was a good day.
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Feb 09 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Feb 09 2019
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Mtn Biking9.00 Miles 536 AEG
Mtn Biking9.00 Miles
536 ft AEG
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My friend had bought some Bike upgrades and we were headed to another friend's house down in Tucson as he is the expert installer. The plan was to test out the upgrades afterwards. We were guided to Sweetwater preserve which was awesome. If I lived in Tucson I would ride here often, this is my style of trail, nothing too technical, but nothing too boring. I wish I had worn my go pro as the scenery was great, perfect spot for Saguaros and with all the rain it was green with some flowers popping up.
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Dec 24 2018
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 24 2018
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Mtn Biking13.90 Miles 978 AEG
Mtn Biking13.90 Miles
978 ft AEG
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Wanted to check out this new trail so I did an out and back on Wildhorse while including this new section. I really enjoyed the downhill direction. the uphill isn't bad, its a gradual climb. I look forward to the other new trails being completed, should alow for some nice loop options.
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Dec 15 2018
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Camp Creek Jeep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
4x4 Trip avatar Dec 15 2018
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4x4 Trip10.25 Miles
4x4 Trip10.25 Miles
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Needed to get out on 4 wheels and picked this route as I knew it would be easy and was hoping to see some autumn colors in December. The route I took is FR 413 aka Camp Creek trail, it follows the creek from Bartlett Dam road down to the Verde River at needle Rock. The route posted in the description looks like just a section of cave creek/7 springs road, but the rest of the description matches my route so I decided to post this here.

the trail is easy, mostly a sandy wash, probably could be down in 2wd in good conditions, but need high clearance. it starts out nice and wide with multiple lines that all end up at the same place. about half way through the canyon narrows and the walls are quite tall in places. The part in the canyon is pretty cool, the walls are pretty scenic. there was one section with several small cacti that appeared to be just growing out of the rock. There are also several numbered trails that intersect for side adventures. I also believe this is part of the great western trail. As you reach the end towards needle rock there are several old tall trees that are nice.

Couldn't actually get to the river at the end, the camping/recreation area is closed due to storm damage and it doesn't appear that any work is currently being done. road is open all the way around, and once you hit the pavement again I think the rec area further down with the paved parking lot looked to be open still.

I didn't see a single person the entire time I was off pavement.

Video: [ youtube video ]
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Sep 23 2018
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42 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Beverly Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2018
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Hiking3.50 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
350 ft AEG
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Wasn't sure where to put this, but I was on Beverly Canyon for a while so here it goes. I did a loop starting in the Pima lot. I went out Pima East Loop, then went around to the front of the mountain to what the map lists as "multipurpose trail" went down to the apartments and connected up with Beverly Canyon. Took that to Pima West Loop to Pima Wash, and back to the lot. It was a nice 3.5 miles. Got there early enough that I got a view an awesome sunset for the fist half of my hike. Another benefit of this area of the park is there are very few people over here.
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Aug 26 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Homestead Trail #305Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 26 2018
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Mtn Biking14.35 Miles 1,440 AEG
Mtn Biking14.35 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
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Hit up Homestead this past weekend on the bikes. First time on this trail, started and the ranch 62 trail head to the top near the Smith Ravine trail head and then back down. I really enjoyed this trail, I think its a nice fit for mountain bikes. most of the climbs are short and spread out so it makes for some enjoyable riding in both directions. I was surprised how many times you cross a road, but not a huge deal. Trail conditions were good and the weather was perfect. Almost all the little creek crossings had water flowing. The biggest crossing, as seen in my photos, is a nice little resting area. Talked to a local biker who rides there often and he said that was the most water he has seen flowing at that spot. It was nice hearing the water too as the trail sometimes parallels the creek.

Hope I'm not posting too many bike reports, all my hikes have been city hikes that I do aften and I just don't post those. I always like logging a new one to me like this.
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Aug 04 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Schultz Creek Trail #152Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 04 2018
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Mtn Biking10.00 Miles 987 AEG
Mtn Biking10.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   6.67 mph
987 ft AEG
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Did this on the mountain bike as an out and back. Started at the lower parking lot and went up to the Sunset trail head and back down. I did this one other time and it was May of 2013. Not much has changed since then. It does seem like there has been and/or will be some reroutes towards the bottom in a few small sections. I noticed some small flags and evidence of trail work. I also found that my full suspension bike had no rear brake so I took the hardtail, I really wished I had my full suspension. Weather was great on the mountain btw.

Video: [ youtube video ]
Culture
Culture
HAZ Food
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Jul 27 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2018
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Hiking3.15 Miles 578 AEG
Hiking3.15 Miles
578 ft AEG
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Was headed up to Flagstaff for the day and I wanted to check out something new to me, but also something that wouldn't take up the entire day. This worked out great. I've always wondered about this place when I would head up to the Grand Canyon. The trail is nice and easy the payoff is awesome. It reminded me of a mini Bryce Canyon, a very mini one, but there are some similarities. It was cool seeing both the red dirt and the cinder rocks hanging out together.

I always like to note the usage when I'm at a place. I arrived at the trail head probably about 10:30 am. There was a car leaving and one other car parked. I passed that couple on my hike in. When I got to the amphitheater area I had the place to myself. On the hike out I must have passed about 10 people on the way in, and there was a few more in the parking lot eating lunch, seems as though it was picking up. Weather wise, it was low 80s but extremely sunny. On the way back to town A storm was rolling in. There was a wild fire across the highway a little closer towards town.

Glad I was able to check this one off the list!

Video: [ youtube video ]

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Jul 22 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Ranch Trail #62Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 22 2018
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Mtn Biking16.00 Miles 1,773 AEG
Mtn Biking16.00 Miles
1,773 ft AEG
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Went with some friends to Prescott for a Mountain Biking ride to escape the heat. First time on the trail and it is pretty good for biking. The first 3 or so miles are all climbing which is not my favorite thing, but once up on the mountain its pretty sweet. Then you have that great payoff on the way back. My friends dropped down and did a loop around Goldwater lake, I however doubled back to the trail head on Walker road.

Something I'll add is the trail goes from the trail head on Walker road over to Senator Highway. Its 9.5 miles one way. I think the original trail description is a bit dated as it shows 3.5 one way. I think that is only up to the intersection with Boy Scout trail or perhaps Badger Mountain.

Video: [ youtube video ]

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Jul 21 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2018
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Hiking4.00 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
560 ft AEG
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I did this on sat morning right after the brief thunder storm rolled through. In fact it was sprinkling a bit on the trail and the breeze had a nice coolness to it. The storm must have scared off others because I had never seen the parking lot this empty on a saturday.
Trail was in great shape, traffic was low, and I saw a little snake.
Fauna
Fauna
Gopher Snake
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Jun 17 2018
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42 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Reach 11 Recreation AreaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 17 2018
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Mtn Biking17.60 Miles 149 AEG
Mtn Biking17.60 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   10.89 mph
149 ft AEG
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I did my regular mountain bike ride on Saturday and on Sunday I had a Canal ride planned. however, I've had Reach 11 on my radar for a while. I didn't know much about it, but I would see the trail head off of Cave Creek every time I drove out to Apache Wash trail head. I also noticed the trail off to the side where the 101 and 51 intersect and I thought I need to check this out sometime. I chose to go check this out rather than the canal. I was also hoping I could get more than 3-4 miles out of it, I wasn't sure if everything connected up. I managed to get 17.6 miles

I entered off of Cave Creek and I rode out to Tatum, crossed Tatum, did a big loop out to Scottsdale road and back. At Tatum then I made another loop back over somewhere near the 51, from there I just double backed up to Cave Creek. There is a cool area of tree tunnel lined trail near some water in there too.

This is easy going riding, but I had a lot of fun out here. If there is ever anyone out there who was new at mountain biking this would be the place to go, its wide, fairly smooth, and no elevation gain at all really. Would be a good place to start. Also, would be a good place to go if you had a gravel/CX bike.
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Jun 10 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
High Horse TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 10 2018
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Mtn Biking9.00 Miles 984 AEG
Mtn Biking9.00 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   6.07 mph
984 ft AEG
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Did this a a loop. Started in the parking area on the side of Bush. headed out on Wild Horse (west to East) out to NRA, then back via High Horse (east to west) Gotta say, I didn't really like High Horse. It didn't flow as well as Wild Horse, the best part of Wild Horse is the flowy down hill back on Wild Horse. If I do this again I think I would take High Horse out and then Wild Horse back. High horse probably just needs some time to get better, a lot of the areas the sand was pretty soft especially in the off camber corners. I also went up Twisted sister a ways and then came back down to the HWY.
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