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SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« on: December 26, 2018, 12:57:43 PM »
Hello AZXC,

I'm a member of SCCX and I will be vacationing in Arizona from 11-4-19 to 11-11-19 and will be in Sedona from 11-4 to 11-7 after that I'm not sure where we will go.

Apart from the activities the wife has planned I would like to get in a day or two of wheeling. Currently looking at:

Broken Arrow
Soldier Pass
Oak Creek Homestead
Smiley Rock
Horseshoe Canyon
Red Rock Powerline

Looking for your opinions on rating these trails from best or coolest to lame. I would like to knock out as many trails as possible but will not be camping.

Thanks in advance for any info provided.

James (0317)
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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 01:17:30 PM »
Best: Smiley rock( more technical and challenging less traffic)
Broken Arrow ( most scenic and still fun slick rock climbing but could be horribe trail traffic depending on day and time.


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Soldiers pass now need a permit and not worth the wheeling but for the hiking.

Oak creek/powerline is just very low to no 4wd needed. But if you have an extra day to wheel good to do.

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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2018, 01:23:01 PM »
Could smiley rock and broken be done in the same day?
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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2018, 05:07:51 PM »
Could smiley rock and broken be done in the same day?
My wife and I have done broken arrow without stopping at the scenic spots and finished it in under an hour. I havenít done smiley rock


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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 05:39:03 AM »
Iíve noticed that some of these trails need permits, soldier pass for example and the forest service only issues 12 per day. Have you guys had issues with getting these permits?

Also Permit holders may hold only one permit at a time and wait until after the permit date before requesting another permit.

So running multiple trails in a day is not common?
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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2018, 12:12:29 PM »
Iíve noticed that some of these trails need permits, soldier pass for example and the forest service only issues 12 per day. Have you guys had issues with getting these permits?

Also Permit holders may hold only one permit at a time and wait until after the permit date before requesting another permit.

So running multiple trails in a day is not common?
Iím not sure what trails need permits. I know soldiers pass for sure but other than that not sure. Broken arrow doesnít need one yet I donít think


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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2018, 07:44:06 PM »
According to trailsoffroad.com, soldier pass and smiley rock need permits
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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2018, 11:09:36 AM »
Get a permit - $20 for the family pass and it's good for a year --> https://land.az.gov/recreational-permit-portal

I suggest doing Smiley Rock from Jerome, not Potato Patch, and avoid that rock garden* unless you have another rig with you and are armored up.  From Jerome, go behind the fire station, see lots of Arizona, see power lines, get a little hill climb in, and make your way to Smiley Rock.  Fun Treks gives you really good instructions.  Take pics.  Then reverse the trip back to Jerome, eat at Bobby-Q's, then, wine is your thing, wine bar crawl and end up at Cellar 433 (across the street from Bobby-Q's) and admire Verde Valley from their HUGE picture window.  Cellar 433 has wine flights and port tasting.  Cellar 433 --> https://www.cellar433.com/tasting-room/

* I've been through that rock garden twice.  Almost rolled the rig the first time, and second time I was with a group, and it took a lot of spotting to get through.  My Fun Treks book is annotated with profanities on that trail.
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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2018, 05:12:06 PM »
Is the rock garden easy to find on the trail. Iíve watched a couple videos of smiley rock trail, one showed zero rock crawling, and one showed a very decent garden. I have a gpx file for the trail but want to make sure it includes the rock garden, is it part of an alternate route next to the main trail?
« Last Edit: December 30, 2018, 05:20:52 PM by 0317 »
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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2019, 10:04:43 PM »
Is the rock garden easy to find on the trail. Iíve watched a couple videos of smiley rock trail, one showed zero rock crawling, and one showed a very decent garden. I have a gpx file for the trail but want to make sure it includes the rock garden, is it part of an alternate route next to the main trail?

Rock Garden is the actual wash but most of the trail follows beside it but can go in and out depending on technical obstacle. I dont remember the actual direction I ran it but wasnt to hard once on the trail to follow.

These are some pictures of the trail at the wash with no bypass

IMG_9354 by Victor Lopez, on Flickr

IMG_9358 by Victor Lopez, on Flickr
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Re: SCCX'r needs AZXC info
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2019, 12:26:34 PM »
good news, thank you. cool pics cant wait to wheel it
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