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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona
by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )
© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.
Two stars are only for the scenery.... which can be observed without ever leaving the pavement. As far as a "wheeling trail", 1 star. I chose this trail because its difficulty is rated "moderate". I wouldn't say it's moderate. I never put my jeep in 4wd. There is a long stretch of road (I hesitate to say trail because this in my opinion isn't really a trail), that is very rocky. You do have to go quite slow. However, a stock vehicle without a lot of clearance under it could handle it just fine. It was very hot during my trip. In Phoenix it was 116 and on this trail it was only about 10 or 15 degrees cooler, but it was noticeably cooler and not to uncomfortable with the doors off the jeep and without turning on the A/C. It was cloudy with a hazy over-cast and the Sedona Mountains were beautiful, but far enough away that the colors were slightly subdued from the haze, enough so that my photos didn't turn out as I had hoped. It was a nice trip to get out of the heat. It can see how it could be more beautiful on clearer days. Honestly, as the wheeler that I am, I was disappointed in the trail.
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