Re: Meet the Scorpion (Uphill's Build-Up)
2 Rock Buggies and an FJ - MARTINEZ CANYON, AZ Trail Run
Before I begin this report, I'd be very remiss if I didn't thank SEANK for his gracious invitation to join him on this run. He's a great guy, a great trail buddy and has forgotten a LOT MORE than I will ever know about building up a machine from scratch. I had a great time, but there were a couple of pucker-factor moments - which is why we go off the beaten path, right?
and SEANK's Apache Tax
i (my name for his buggy, not his) began our run when he dropped his buggy from the trailer at the edge of the Arizona Air National Guard bombing range near the Florence Junction area S/W of Apache Junction, AZ.
The Apache Taxi and SEANK's co-worker Brian, who rode shotgun for Sean on this trip.
The F-16's were not bombing and so we made our run, confident that we wouldn't bounce over any unexploded ordnance. :worried:
The road to the Martinez Canyon Loop crosses over Arizona State Trust and BLM land.
After zig-zagging through Box Canyon, we met the Larry and Sandy in the CHROMOLLY TROLLY
, near the entrance to the Martinez Canyon. The group of 2 buggies and an FJ are now complete.
This area is very beautiful and well worth the trip, but the Forest Service is in the process of closing it to all vehicle travel. We crossed through but there is a gate under construction and when it's finally completed, there may be no future access to this trail. It's just one of many places that will be denied to our use in the near future, the same with Moab, etc.
There are old cabins that essentially sit at the beginning (and therefore the end) of the 2.7 mile Martinez Loop. They sit in a canyon surrounded by huge old cottonwood trees fed by a desert spring.
The canyon has several rock gardens to cross. You're driving up through a stream for the first leg of the trip. The photos don't do it justice and neither do words.
Following the Apache Taxi.
SEANK says, "Ok, Follow-the-leader." :cowsmile:
Larry and the Chromolly Trolly say, "Yeah!".
The Apache Taxi leads the way.
We hear a loud "PRANNNG"!
Time for a trail repair and the first carnage (besides my sliders).
Pop goes the Dana 60. Time to throw in a new axel.
The repair is a team effort and requires some heavy lifting.
Scorpion makes its way through that part of the rock garden to serve as a winch point.
We follow the Chromolly Trolly up through the Canyon to the Silver Bell Mine.