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Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70 - 6 members in 12 triplogs have rated this an average 4.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 04 2015
louie
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49 male
 Joined Jan 07 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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louie
4x4 Trip70.00 Miles 8,464 AEG
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Just a short note on the conditions of this road from the Klondyke side. I attempted this in my Jeep Wrangler with 33's and a 2inch lift and couldn't make it up the first switch back coming out of Turkey Creek. Hardcore stairsteps, steep, and not enough clearance for my jeep. I had my kids with me and was worried I'd roll the jeep or do serious damage and be stuck out there. It sucked as I couldn't turn around and had to reverse it back down the trail. I talked to some guys on quads who came out of there and they said the actual "rug road" portion was much easier than what you'll see the first few miles out of Turkey Creek. They rolled their quad trailer on that first switch back out of turkey creek and blew their tire.

I'd love to do this road, but next time will start on the Mammoth side and see how far we can get. Beautiful country back in there.
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Nov 26 2014
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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After our aborted trip when I had the Samurai back in 2012 when Tracey said in no uncertain terms she wouldn't be caught dead on Rug Road, it pretty much put a damper on taking another stab at it, since it was one place I really didn't want to do completely solo.
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But after JJ prodded me with a "when are we going to do another 4x4/hiking trip" I figured JJ wouldn't be a-feared'a no Carpet Hill (think Red-Neck language) so Rug Road would be the perfect trip... and from such thoughts are plans born. With a false start two weeks ago, the day before Thanksgiving would be the do-or-die-trying trip... Should we run into any trouble, we had a tent and sleeping bags to make it into an over-night if needed.

I picked up JJ in AJ at 5 am, planning on reaching Carpet Hill after sunrise as I didn't want to be in the dark first time all the way through. The group of white-tails we saw shortly before Carpet Hill would be the only wildlife for the whole day, hikes included.
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It took slightly longer than I remembered to reach Carpet Hill, but once heading down, I wondered, was this actually Carpet Hill? All I remember was 3 & 4-foot boulders strewn all along the center of the road down the hill, which had proved to be a bit too much to safely pass with the Samurai. But what did we see? Not a single boulder in the road, just the series of bare rock steps near the bottom which were mere child's-play for the Cherokee. Still, it was slow going, averaging lowly 7.6 mph from Mammoth to the TH in Virgus Canyon.

After our figure-8 loop hike we hit the road heading east, hoping to find the going easier, or at least not so rough.
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Ha! Fat chance of that happening! This part of the trip was by far the roughest and thus slowest part of the drive, averaging a lowly 5.3 mph from Parson's Grove to Aravaipa Road. A number of times we took what appeared to be a bypass around a real bad spot, only to find the bypass worse than the drop-off, deep hole or boulder we were avoiding. Yet with all the bad-stuff we encountered the whole trip, only once did a rock kick up and hit the rock-slider bar on the driver side. Other than that, at no time did anything contact any part of the Cherokee.
:y:
I'm feeling the down-side to that fact today... holding my left foot hard on the brake for probably well over 2 hours while the Jeep literally crawled over/around obstacles has left me with a royal pain in the arthritic hip.
:-({|=

But back to the drive...
Once we hit Aravaipa Road things went at a faster pace.. until we turned onto Klondike Road heading east to Hwy 70, when we hit rocket speed... topping 75 more than a few times on the dirt road.
:guilty:
That managed to boost our overall average for the 52 miles from from Parson's Grove to the 70 to a whopping 12.96 mph. (Thank goodness it's not an unlucky 13!) Yes, averaging 60 mph on Klondike Road had a lot to do with that.
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But overall, a fun time that just whetted my appetite for a series of return trips, albeit maybe not all the way through each time.
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Nov 14 2014
dennis77
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Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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4x4 Trip70.00 Miles 8,464 AEG
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I've made the trip 2times starting from my place just out of pima at the start of Klondike road grant you it is rough once you start the climb up out of aravipa canyon if in a truck done that to not a good idea for those who don't drive so well I recommend 4×4 atv made the trip twice that way much more enjoyable and cuts lots of time went as a groop once I rode a grizly 350 2 friends rode 350 ranchers 1 rode 700 Polaris we hauled them on a trailer to four mile camp ground were we started are trip on the atvs around 2 pm took our time made it to the block house must be what's called Parsons grove by I believe 5 pm lot more to offer on an atv and much safer camped the night started the next day around 11 am rode to a mine from 1800s seen a date on a peace of equipment walked around an hour or so started the rest of the trip again made mammoth 3.30 pm I turned back right then for long 70 mile ride back my self friends stayed made it from my there on my grizly around 4pm to my house just out of pima around 8.30 pm 4 and a half hours any one who wants to go and really have fun ide take 4×4 atvs on mine I took a five gallon can of gas used most of it an ice chest full of bottled water and food a tint fold up grill and fold up chair and there is a couple places u get phone service I plan to go again every year love it
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 Small Town USA
Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering9.20 Miles 600 AEG
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I had not been out to the Aravaipa area in almost 3 years so I was very excited about this overnight trip! Preston picked me up in Safford and together we traveled out to the canyon with a few scenic & historic stops along the way before arriving at the mouth of Turkey Creek around noon. After a short drive up the creek, we picked a campsite for the night then threw on the packs for our afternoon hike.....

..... after walking the remainder of Turkey Creek road and rounding the bend at the corrals, we entered Oak Grove Canyon. The route up this canyon was a little rough & slow going at times, but well worth it! Better than expected March greenery along the creek, some dramatic high canyon walls & bends with a few spring flowers here & there. It was very nice!
After exiting the canyon, we hiked up the Rug Road a couple of miles for the overlooks.
Man ..... what a rough road only the first mile of this is, I had to 4x4 hike it!
We then walked back down Turkey Creek road to our campsite at dusk to begin the night activities.

After sunset, we made the very short hike up to the Turkey Creek Cliff Dwelling for a super fun full moon photography session with the dwelling & stars. Then it was back down to camp for a "colorful" fire, quesadillas & chips, pottery firing (there is just no end to the Yeti's talent) and good campfire conversation. My day ended with full moonlight shining through my tent and visions of Aravaipa Canyon in my head .....

Thanks Preston for spending my B-Day with me in this most awesome area, Twas a wonderful day!
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Mar 16 2014
PrestonSands
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2014
PrestonSands
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,065 AEG
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Rolling into Safford on Sunday morning, I picked up Chad and we were soon off on the long drive to the eastern end of Aravaipa. Driving past the Aravaipa trailhead into Turkey Canyon offered a brief glimpse of the beauty that lay in store for us the next day. We parked near the Turkey Creek cliff dwelling and set off on foot on the road. The road hike ended soon and we were boulder hopping up Oak Grove Canyon below massive cliffs of buff colored conglomerate, well guarded by a continuous stand of cottonwoods and sycamores. Water and then a flowing stream gradually appeared as we moved slowly up the well shaded canyon, which included an unexpected bigtooth maple patch. Chad found some great photo ops, while I sloshed my way through the creek a bit farther to Jackson Spring and the two rock towers near point 3828'. We soon regrouped and made our way out of this sliver of paradise onto the dusty route of the Turkey Creek road once more. "Hey, let's check out the Rug Road", so we did, climbing out of the canyon up god-awful, undercarriage wrecking rock steps onto a pleasant, open ridge which offered a great view of the surrounding area. I managed to slip and fall on my ass, a victim of this savage, treacherous old road. Eventually we made it back to my truck, where we partook of the ice chest then made the short walk up to the cliff dwelling. Hiking back down, we set up camp nearby, next to an old corral in the creek bottom, and waited for darkness to arrive. Once it had, we returned to the cliff dwelling for some night photography experimentation. The evening was concluded with a colorful, roaring campfire, fire grilled quesadillas on fresh tortillas from the tortilleria in Willcox, birthday cake, and a pottery firing experiment. It had been a great day. The next day, Aravaipa awaited...
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Pivo
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 Tucson, AZ
Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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4x4 Trip70.00 Miles 8,464 AEG
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Intense 4x4 driving in beautiful country. This trip is not for the faint of heart or those not willing to risk damage to their vehicles. After only a few miles in on this trip, I determined the best vehicle for this trip is someone else's.

We started bright and early Saturday morning, planning on getting to Turkey Creek to camp for the night. Fat Chance, the mechanical problems and ultra-slow driving, made that impossible. We did 10.9 miles in 10 hours on Saturday before stopping for the night.

First days damage report: 4 bent running boards, 1 snapped radio antennae, tire carnage a plenty ( chunks missing galore) 2 flats, 1 cracked axle, 1 overheating episode ( stuck thermostat).

Camped in a nice area near Parsons Cabin on Saturday; totally exhausted from the days challenges.

Bright and early Sunday, we start the day with a flat tire in camp. In addition to strapping the cracked axle for support, oil need to be added frequently to the rear differential to keep it moving.

After more bad road we finally get to Turkey Creek around 11:00AM. After a short walk to the Ruins we had lunch and made our way back to Tucson via Wilcox instead of the planned trip to Safford.

Loading up on 90 weight, and purchasing a used tire, we were back on the road stopping every 20 minutes to fill the rear diff.

All and all a very enjoyable, stressful weekend adventure. If you go, be prepared. Bring tools, extra water, extra food, tires, oil, etc.

Good tires are a must! Recommendation is 32" or better, Lockers will save wear and tear on your vehicle too.
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Apr 04 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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4x4 Trip70.00 Miles 8,464 AEG
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Ran this from Klondkye to Mammoth. Other than finding a rear locker to actually be detrimental to staying alive in a few spots, it was fairly easy to tackle carpet hill... albeit slow going. Not ideal if you have an irrational fear of tipping over either. =)

FJ Cruiser, 3in lift, 33in 285 MT tires, and minimal use of the skid plates.
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Mar 03 2012
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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4x4 Trip42.60 Miles 6,084 AEG
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With both of us sharing a rare 2 days off in a row we planned a very ambitious schedule, hoping to drive all the way from Mesa to Mammoth and out Copper Creek/Rug Road the 18 miles or so to the Parson's Grove TH, do the Parson's Grove hike, scout out some of the mining roads on the drive back out to Mammoth, spending the night there. With the information gained during the day we'd amend the plans for Sunday's activities, which would be mine and ruin hunting.

Well... best laid plans... at least we got off to a good start. At well under 2 hours we made great time from Mesa to Mammoth and the first 11+ miles out Copper Creek Rd & the early part of Rug Road passed in under an hour even through so rough and rocky terrain, but once on Carpet Hill things slowed to a crawl, literally.

Within a mile or two of hitting Rug Road it quickly became serious 4x4 terrain if not rock-crawling terrain, which meant continuous and careful tire placement every foot of the way. It wasn't far before Tracey was voicing her concerns about how bad it was and how it had already exceeded her comfort level. That was par for the course because even I was at the edge of my comfort level. But since neither turning around nor backing up the hill was a possibility all there was to do was keep going. Probably 1/3 the way down the hill when we came to a spot where it was possible to turn around we stopped and I started walking down the hill to see what it was like farther down. It was not pretty at all... more of what we just passed through along with some areas so slick it took crawling on all fours at times to get back up.

That's when we had to make the decision whether to continue on or make a running change in our plans. Gauging the time it would require to get to the bottom of Carpet Hill, driving out to the TH, doing the hike then add the time it would require for the drive trip back up the hill it was an easy decision to head back up the hill and start our mine/ruin recon early. As usual, I found it much easier to drive back up the hill because I was seeing each obstacle from a second viewpoint.

Once back onto Copper Creek Road we headed for a few areas where I had information mines that closed in the early 1900's along with some ruins. Turned out a but of a surprise because instead of possible early native ruins that we hoped for they were from the mining era in the late 1800's to early 1900's. But no matter, we met a group of folks who just happened to have plans to hike to one of the spots I had marked a waypoint for. And so we joined them.

After the hike we drove out a different route along some of the ancient mining roads in the area. We had been told by the folks in the group we hiked with that new mining patents had just been issued and much of the area would be closed to the public very soon so we were on the lookout for anything of interest while we were here. Unfortunately, without detailed maps of the old mining roads or knowing how many of them were still passable, we stuck to what appeared to be main roads on our way back to Mammoth.

Before turning in for the evening we took a drive into Oracle for a great pizza at Mama Nonna's Pizzeria, taking a long roundabout drive south through San Manuela, across the San Pedro River and back to Mammoth via the dirt River Rd. Although we had more information to prepare for the next day, so much was iffy that we would take a completely different tack on Sunday.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70Tucson, AZ
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4x4 Trip70.00 Miles 8,464 AEG
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(Rug Road, 05/17/2009)

Truly an epic four-wheel drive adventure into one of the most remote and unique areas of the state. This was my sixth trip along this route and most definitely not my last. This area has so much to offer for those that live for remote backcountry exploration. The northwest Galiuro Mountains have truly captured my heart. I really do love this area.

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Virgus Canyon (Upper) - via Rug RoadGlobe, AZ
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Hiking3.90 Miles 752 AEG
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On our 2nt/3day (5/16-18/09) seventy mile road trip on the legendary "Rug Road" Eric & I had one full day to do a couple of seperate day trips from our primary campsite which served as the TH Start for this days' activities. On this Sun-5/17, we first hiked down Upper Virgus Canyon.

This lush, reparian, and remote canyon which the "Rug Road" crosses, offers a great location for a backpack campsite (only 1 mile hike in) and/or a remote off-trail canyon dayhike. This canyon has a seasonal creek with large sycamore trees, a historic cabin- Virgus Cabin & Corrals, and also has a perennial spring (Bleak Spring) which is located only 100 yards behind the old Virgus Cabin.

We much enjoyed viewing all the Virgus homestead history as my pic set attempts to show and also the serious geology that took place in this scenic canyon. We had plans to hike another mile down canyon, but the sometimes thick overgrowth in this riparian canyon creek was just too time consuming as we had another day trip planned this day.

Just FYI.. for those who are familiar with Aravaipa Canyon, approximately six miles further down Virgus Canyon from where our hike ended, is the intersection with a beautiful section of the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness/Perserve. A very popular backpack choice (admission by BLM-Safford office, permit only).
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Parsons Grove & Canyon via Rug RoadGlobe, AZ
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On our 2nt/3day (5/16-18/09) seventy mile road trip on the legendary "Rug Road" Eric & I had one full day to do a couple of seperate day trips from our primary campsite which served as the TH Start for this days' activities. On this Sun-5/17, our second day outing was via a 4x4 trip in my "Grasshopper" to Parsons Canyon.

This popular side trip which the "Rug Road" crosses at Parsons Grove/Canyon & Cabin offers a look back in time at old Arizona 19th century remote ranching & corral building history. After viewing Parsons Grove & Cabin area, this side trip continues for 2.25 miles on an old two track route up Parsons Canyon (see posted GPS Route) past the old Don Jose Corrals to end at the small, scenic setting, & historic Don Jose Cabin with its unique corrals;
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Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70Tucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 16 2009
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I had no idea that this legendary Arizona route even existed until this past January'09. Eric first brought this Rug Road to my attention then we discussed the possibility of me "gearing down a little" in my Grasshopper so the two of us could plan an extended 3-4 day backcountry 4x4, camping, and remote canyon hiking trip to explore this truly special area..so 8) (located within the NW section of the Galiuro Mountains between Mammoth and Hwy70-west of Safford).

It took me a month to ponder the possibility of an extended backcountry trip in my Jeep to fit another person in with gear, but being the true Virgo I am, and a strong desire to visit this legendary Rug Road area, we soon had the dates agreed-to and on our calendars!

I have spent a considerable amount of enjoyable time since returning from this 2nt/3day trip, writing up a new HAZ hike description for this wonderful 70 mile "one way" route. I can only hope I have done it justice. Rather than detail so many highlights of this remote, scenic, and historical route in this trip log, I do hope some of you (4x4'ers, mountain bikers, backpackers, & remote day hikers) will find time to read my hike description and view my attached pic set(log) which will walk you through this amAZing 70 mile route.

Now having done the entire 70 mile one way route from Mammoth to Hwy 70, when I return I would prefer to start in from the NE TH start off Hwy 70 and drive in this more scenic route, first through the east end of Aravaipa Canyon & Turkey Creek Canyon, then over the high Rug Road route by Oak Grove Canyon. I would reverse this route on the way out rather than 4x4ing to end at Mammoth,AZ. Also, Eric and I discovered that May in probably not the best month to visit this area due to higher daytime temps, bugs, and less running water to enjoy in all the seasonal and perennial springs and canyon creeks. Recommended best time to visit this area is:
late Autumn to early Spring.

Also, we did two seperate day trips (one hiking- Virgus Canyon/Cabin/Springs & one 4x4ing-Parsons Grove/Canyon to Don Jose Corrals & Cabin) on our one 5/17-full day in the area. I will soon be issuing short hike descriptions, GPS Routes, pics, and seperate trip logs for these too.
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