Just before the sun came up I popped out of bed and headed north of phoenix about 45 minutes to meet a few of my friends that were camping out. I hadn’t made it out the night before as planned so I was pumped to be on my way for an awesome day of riding. A few of my friends had come from out of state and I was extra excited to see them.
Shortly after turning off the highway and heading down Bumble Bee Rd I spotted the heard camping.
We planned to start off by traveling on the main road to a trail we have ridden on many times just past the town of Cleator. (Population 7) This trail is called The Desoto Mine trail. It is a well known Jeep trail that will get your attention in a few sports for sure. For this ride I planned to be a passenger in Jim’s Polaris RZR-S for a change of pace.
Off we went, and only into the trail a few miles we had our first problem show up. Bob was climbing up a nasty short rutted out trail that threw him into some creosote bushes. Unfortunately one of the branches went through the sidewall of his Maxis Cerros tire. No matter what tire you have they can all get punctures if you try hard enough.
Three plugs later and we were ready to hit the trail again. At least we thought we were.
As we were plugging the tire we noticed a few of the group were not with us. Just before the puncture, we had come up a steep off camber hill but it should not have caused a problem. Two of our riders went back to see what was going on. About 10 minutes later they came back and reported Zane’s Can-Am Outlander 800 shut off and would not fire. Zane is one heck of a mechanic and even he could not figure it out so they decided to pull it to the top of the hill with one of the other machines and leave it off on the side of the trail to look at later. Zane decided he would drive his wife’s 2 up Can-Am 650 with her on the back for the rest of the trip. On the way back we would stop and pick up his quad.
Here we are back on the trail.
We made it to the toughest hill climbs on the trail. We wanted to make sure everyone was ok with going up the hill. Sharon decided she would ride up the hill in Jim’s RZR instead of attempting this climb. We always have extra bodies willing and able to ride somebody’s machine through a nasty spot if necessary.
Shane got his front end up pretty high in the air on the first part of the climb. Bob was scrambling to try to get there for help but Shane rolled through without any trouble.
From what I understand Robert stood his borrowed Suzuki King Quad straight up at this same spot. Thankfully someone grabbed the front rack as he let off the throttle. I missed the shot as I ran up the hill to make sure a couple of the riders were OK at the next tricky spot.
This trail is a blast. It winds up and down several mountains and climbs in elevation. There are several tricky spots along the way; some are tougher than others depending on which way you are traveling.
Here is an outstanding view of the trail we were just on. You can see it go all the way from left to right in this photo as it winds up the mountains.
From here we transition onto another trail that goes through a creek before heading up into the pine trees from the desert. Along the creek is an obstacle we have played on in the past that can be tough especially when it is wet.