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Huachuca Mountain Run PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Harker   
Sunday, 24 March 2013
Sunday morning the 24 of March, 12 vehicles with occupants staged at the Coronado National monument visitor center to leave on a adventure to the back side of the Huachuca mountains. I had volunteered to lead a run to a place I hadn’t seen in at least 20 years, Happy Jack Cave. A lot can happen in twenty years roads change, fires come, terrain changes and all land marks seam to evolve into something unidentifiable.

 Coronado National Memorial is the only unit in the National Park System that commemorates the Francisco Vásquez de Coronado Expedition of 1540-1542. "Coronado's expedition was one of the outstanding achievements of a period marked by notable explorations. It made known the vast extent and the nature of the country that lay north of central Mexico, and from the time of Coronado, Spaniards never lost interest in the country. In no small measure their subsequent occupation of it was due to the curiosity so created."

And so it was we started out, the weather was wonderful, the skies blue and hardly a breeze in contrast to the gale force winds the past few days. After airing down and the customary catching up with people we hadn’t seen in a while and meeting the new people we were off down the dusty trail. We first came to Oversight canyon. This is the canyon I believe that the Happy Jack cave is located in. We searched many roads I saw many familiar land marks, hiked a couple of trails but ultimately came up cave less.
Why Check a Hill Before Climbing It PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry Nichols   
Monday, 24 August 2009

We were all standing around helping Marty get his jeep started, which took quite a while.  Marc and Mike had gone off to explore a nearby hill.  We heard one of them on the radio saying there was trouble and to bring Benadryl.  Fearing the worst we raced to their general location, not an easy feat considering 1) it was dark 2) we didn't really know where they were although David had a good idea and 3) there was a very large washed out area with 50 to 100 foot wash walls between us that we had to drive around.

Gardner Canyon & Saw Mill Trail Run - April 19, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lutz Dahlke   
Thursday, 14 May 2009

Gardner Canyon Trail, not to be confused with the Garden Canyon Trail on the Fort, is located north-east of Sonoita in the Santa Rita Mountain foothills where placer gold (the other shiny metal) was first discovered in Arizona in the late 1800ís. This 19 mile loop trail has it all. Dirt and rock trails up and down in the woods with wash outs, mild off-camber situations, a water crossing, a solid rock stair steps section, lots of trees, a gold mine or two, an early 20th century mining camp, and more. The Saw Mill Trail is a scenic 3 mile dead end spur that leaves the GCT near its end. This trail is rated a solid 2.5 with its loose rock covered steep ascends and descends. This trail terminates in a very scenic cool shaded heavy wooded area with a stream.

4 Wheeling 101 Clinic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry Nichols   
Monday, 17 November 2008

4 Wheeling 101 ClinicThe Range Riders 4 Wheelers conducted a 4 Wheeling 101 Clinic on November 16th. This clinic was free to the general public, all licensed drivers of 4 wheel drive vehicles were welcome to attend this event.

Tom led a ground course in a parking lot to provide literature, explain vehicle preparation steps, go through 4 wheeling do's and don'ts and answering questions. Several students were in attendance as well as a reporter from the Sierra Vista Herald who drove her own Bronco through the obstacles for a hands-on lesson.

One student had to drop out at the beginning of the course as his transfer case linkage would not engage 4 wheel drive. After some road-side repair he was able to engage 2 wheel drive. Back to the transmission shop for him.

Marty led the group of beginners through some easy trails in the Huachuca Mountains, stopping frequently to show everyone how to walk the trail to determine the path they will take as well as the importance and physics of tire placement in maneuvering through obstacles.

There was also an article written in the Sierra Vista Herald about this event. Check it out at
Ladies Run Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry Nichols   
Monday, 01 September 2008
We had a Ladies Run after the raffle on Sunday morning.  The men surrendered their keys to let the women have some fun on a short and scenic run through Flux Canyon.
Sherry led the run with Dana, Denise, Kathy, Dee, Carrie and passengers.  Flux Canyon goes from Harshaw Rd to Highway 82 just west of Patagonia.  You'll find deep canyons, streams, a gigantic rock mountain, red hillsides and a great view of the Red Mountain Lookout Tower.  I had my nieces, nephew and sister-in-law along for the ride, they took a lot of pictures of the tower in memory of their dad who was stationed up there for a summer in the early 90's. 
The ladies did a great job traversing this 2 rated trail.  They enjoyed the leisurely pace and lush scenery.  Along the way we heard Mitch on the CB looking for us.  He and a few other men thought we had gone to Temporal Gulch and they wanted to join us.  As is my inherent right as a female, I had changed my mind about our destination at the last moment.
We had a raffle at the end with each female driver earning a ticket for one of three prizes. The two Poison Spider T-Shirts, donated by 4 Wheel Supply, went to mother and daughter, Dana and Denise.  The gift certificate for a pedicure, that Lutz had won in the morning raffle and graciously donated to our worthy cause, went to Kathy.
The Range Riders will sponsor more Ladies Runs to encourage women to participate in their partner's sport.  So far the vehicles have come back without damage, we'll have to see if we can break something on a more challenging trail!


Chimney Rock Run PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry Nichols   
Monday, 17 March 2008

March 15th
Lead by Tom

Tom and Mona left Mustang Corners with Sherry and Lesley to meet with Bruce in Tucson.  Also in attendance on this run was Rob in his Polaris.

Chimney Rock is a beautiful run through the Rincon Mountains on the northeast end of Tucson, east of Houghton Road off Tanque Verde.  This run is rated a 3, stock vehicles should not attend without dollar bills for extraction purposes.

There are a lot of intersections in this maze of a playground, it's a good thing Tom knew where he was going or we'd have had to use breadcrumbs.  We climbed hills and made our way through rocky washes to find an amazing stream at the end of one trail that is at least 6 feet deep with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming in the coming months.  We are definitely planning a trip back to this spot to see if there is water there when it is hot.

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