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Trail oops.../trail from hell
Posted 17 November 2003 - 04:12 PM
i was following this nice easy little wash trail and it turned into a ridge line trail. it got a little more interesting, and then... the tracks started going down this semi steep inbankment( not to mention sharp shail type rock.)about the halfway point tracks dissapeared... from up above the wash/valley didn't look bad at all... got down there and started treking along. the rocks got larger and more of them. came around a cactus and saw what lie ahead... a mini boulder field, rocks between a 1 foot around to 4' long and 3' high... didn't want to go there with out another vehicle.so tried heading back up the hill... no such luck. clutch started frying. no way in hell i was making it back up. luckily i had my gps and it was telling me i had some waypoints within a mile. so i started walking in the "easy looking direction" even though these were in the oppisite direction of my waypoints. but about a 1/2 mile down this valley was an impassible subaru pincher.5 foot tall rocks on either side, that would have smashed my subaru in and been a pain in the rear to remove it. so i walked up on the ridge line the other way to find what i recognize. i found a trail i've been on and walked till it connected to another trail. then walked back up the wash to my car. i marked every easy way around i could and did that all the way back to the car.
it took 2-3 hours to go less than one mile with only one vehicle. my clutch is now rest in piece. this was a trail not treaded so no marks of where to go were anywhere but behind me. many times i got hung up on large rocks, and had to use a combo of a highlift and a comealong. it was narly and after i get the new gears i'll run it again, and get the gps coordinates to get in, cause once your in there's no turning back.....
i think i'll name it "damion's wash"
the only trail in washington i can think that it compares to is lake isabele. on lake isabele about 3/4 the way up the trail you go up this nasty rock face (similar to the one on the express trail at walker valley) and then it becomes a mine field of boulders and they increase in size all the way to the ricoty old bridge. it's a land mark on that trail you can't forget. the bridge is falling apart and holes all over. tire placement is critical. then after the bridge you come to another boulder field of rock 2' to 4' around and that's your trail. then all the most diff obstacles are after the bridge. all the ones before the bridge are intermediate or less. and the trail is nearing the end at the bridge.
Posted 17 November 2003 - 09:27 PM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 06:17 PM
like seriously not having trees or dirt is really getting to me. and knowing that everywhere up north is snowing :boohoo: is not helping... When your on the trail i'm used to the beautiful greenery and senic views. well that ain't here. when you are in the rocky hills or valley's all you see is sand and rock, maybe a field off in the distance. but after you cross the laguna mtns or the muggins mtns it is flat as the i can see. not to mention these mtns are only like 600 to 800 ft tall... :boohoo:
Posted 19 November 2003 - 08:51 PM
well im not exactly in your area but its abit closer than washington. if you want to stop in this area sometime for a bit of wheeling / snowboarding Im here as well as a few other scattered sube guys around the area.
dont let it get you too down at least you get to go play some. I hardly have time to get out there any more:boohoo:
Posted 20 November 2003 - 11:13 AM
Love your story. Nothing like making it out to be able to tell it. Glad you go out prepared. Just gotta get you a partner.
Posted 15 December 2003 - 04:47 PM
Posted 15 December 2003 - 05:11 PM
like seriously not having trees or dirt is really getting to me. and knowing that everywhere up north is snowing is not helping... When your on the trail i'm used to the beautiful greenery and senic views. well that ain't here
I feel ya man.. 27 years in Washington.. now here in the flat lands of North Texas.. not a muddy tree lined trail to be found.
Cool story . I hope you find someone to wheel with.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 04:56 AM
Posted 16 December 2003 - 10:48 AM
What are you wheeling with while "Little Roo" is getting a make over?
Haven't talked with Mudrat, What's the status of The Little Subie that could?
82 Hatch, well it use to be...
01 Forester, still is..........
Posted 16 December 2003 - 11:34 AM
That's aweful close to what Ken has named his Brat these days.
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