Events/Trails Trail Run 5/22-23 GWT-Cherry to Williams

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If there is interest, I’ll offer to lead a trail run this coming weekend (sorry for the short notice). Let’s meet Saturday morning at I 17 and Cherry Road/ Highway 169.

Time: meet at 17/169 8:30 Saturday (come filled up on gas) -Sunday noonish??

Route: I-17, Old Cherry Rd, travel to the Great Western Trail, and take it across the Black Mountains, down Mingus mountain through the Martin Canyon/Smiley Rock section of trail, crossing the Verde River at Perkinsville, and then climbing up into the Pines south of Williams, along the Sycamore rim.

We will likely detour to Sycamore Point, and finish up in Williams on Sunday (Historic Brewery Taproom patio). Plan for an overnight, most likely in the pine trees south of Williams at approximately 6300 feet.

Should be doable in any stock Land Cruiser, but if you are stock, I would highly suggest sliders and rocker protection, for both the Martin Canyon section, and the climb from Sand Flat towards Williams.
 
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If there is interest, I’ll offer to lead a trail run this coming weekend (sorry for the short notice). Let’s meet Saturday morning at I 17 and Cherry Road/ Highway 169.

Time: meet at 17/169 8:30 Saturday (come filled up on gas) -Sunday noonish??

Route: I-17, Old Cherry Rd, travel to the Great Western Trail, and take it across the Black Mountains, down Mingus mountain through the Martin Canyon/Smiley Rock section of trail, crossing the Verde River at Perkinsville, and then climbing up into the Pines south of Williams, along the Sycamore rim.

We will likely detour to Sycamore Point, and finish up in Williams on Sunday (Historic Brewery Taproom patio). Plan for an overnight, most likely in the pine trees south of Williams at approximately 6300 feet.

Should be doable in any stock Land Cruiser, but if you are stock, I would highly suggest sliders and rocker protection, for both the Martin Canyon section, and the climb from Sand Flat towards Williams.
This sounds great, wish I was available. Thanks for offering to host a run!
 

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If there is interest, I’ll offer to lead a trail run this coming weekend (sorry for the short notice). Let’s meet Saturday morning at I 17 and Cherry Road/ Highway 169.

Time: meet at 17/169 8:30 Saturday (come filled up on gas) -Sunday noonish??

Route: I-17, Old Cherry Rd, travel to the Great Western Trail, and take it across the Black Mountains, down Mingus mountain through the Martin Canyon/Smiley Rock section of trail, crossing the Verde River at Perkinsville, and then climbing up into the Pines south of Williams, along the Sycamore rim.

We will likely detour to Sycamore Point, and finish up in Williams on Sunday (Historic Brewery Taproom patio). Plan for an overnight, most likely in the pine trees south of Williams at approximately 6300 feet.

Should be doable in any stock Land Cruiser, but if you are stock, I would highly suggest sliders and rocker protection, for both the Martin Canyon section, and the climb from Sand Flat towards Williams.
I’m heading to the north rim Friday night for a week of random exploration. This might be an interesting alternate route to get there.
 

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Looking for a Friday night campsite - are you going to be driving up Forest Road 96? If so I'll be camped at the first flat spot along it.

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@Stepmurr , I have not been on FR 96 previously, but we can easily swing that way to meet up with you. Per the map, 96 connects to Old Cherry Rd/county rd 75... more dirt time!
 

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@Stepmurr , I have not been on FR 96 previously, but we can easily swing that way to meet up with you. Per the map, 96 connects to Old Cherry Rd/county rd 75... more dirt time!
No need to change your route - I don’t know what the Old Cherry 🍒 Road is and thought FR96 might be it.
I’ll just camp near I17 and meet y’all at the intersection.
 
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If there is interest, I’ll offer to lead a trail run this coming weekend (sorry for the short notice). Let’s meet Saturday morning at I 17 and Cherry Road/ Highway 169.

Time: meet at 17/169 8:30 Saturday (come filled up on gas) -Sunday noonish??

Route: I-17, Old Cherry Rd, travel to the Great Western Trail, and take it across the Black Mountains, down Mingus mountain through the Martin Canyon/Smiley Rock section of trail, crossing the Verde River at Perkinsville, and then climbing up into the Pines south of Williams, along the Sycamore rim.

We will likely detour to Sycamore Point, and finish up in Williams on Sunday (Historic Brewery Taproom patio). Plan for an overnight, most likely in the pine trees south of Williams at approximately 6300 feet.

Should be doable in any stock Land Cruiser, but if you are stock, I would highly suggest sliders and rocker protection, for both the Martin Canyon section, and the climb from Sand Flat towards Williams.
Sounds like a great run Pitch! Have fun for me, got little league baseball all weekend.
 

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It is the Powell Springs CG as I recall. It is on our route, just before the GWT turn on County Rd 75. Nice spot in the pines, FWIW..
 
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Thanks for the invite. I am a maybe. I have likely done at least a few of these sections in the past. I would have to leave my place at 5:45am to be on time. Thus the maybe. I shared a camping spot with Pitch that is near the Sycamore Canyon Overlook.

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Trip is in the books. A cool affair, where no one was overheated, two -legged, or four-wheeled. 222 miles round trip from my house in Flagstaff, and about 134 (est) total on dirt. Trails were pretty empty, camping and overall, the company was great, now let’s get to the pics :

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