Camping @ Turkey Creek
Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th. This is a GREAT trail. The trail is long and thus we will camp in Turkey Creek (northwest of Safford) Saturday night and drive west to Mammoth on Sunday. Camping will be under the huge sycamore trees surrounded by the red rock walls. This trail has something for everyone and can be (and has -Alex) driven in a stock Land Rover. We are planning to meet and camp (primitive camping, no facilities) in Turkey Creek on Saturday October 18. On Sunday we will travel 'The Rug Road' which connects to the Copper Creek road and takes us into Mammoth. I'll be in Turkey Creek Saturday morning to set up camp and some markers from Klondyke for everyone to follow to our camp. I will be doing an exploratory run on Sunday 10/12 from Tucson to Wilcox, Safford, Klondyke and Turkey Creek if anyone wishes to join me, let me know. Here's some links of descriptions of the area and other information you may find interesting: http://azwww.az.blm.gov/sfo/turkey_creek.htm http://abell.as.arizona.edu/~hill/4x4/turkey01.html http://www.visitgrahamcounty.com/bird-02.pdf Aravaipa Canyon Preserve info from the Nature Conservancy If you have any questions, let me know.
Turkey Creek to Mammoth via 'The Rug Road.' Moderate+ trail with some steps and loose rock climbs (stock LR's without running boards okay), Historic trail, full day. Rug Road got its name from the remnants of carpet that people have used to fill holes and ledges along the road to make it more passable. The road is one of the roughest roads in the southeastern Arizona - it is not for the faint of heart. Travel on the Rug Road requires a good high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle and experience driving in these conditions. The road transverses Table Mountain between Turkey Creek on the east end and Mammoth on the west end. It is only about 20 miles long but will take a full day to traverse. You may want to plan for two days to be safe and to let your body recuperate from the rugged road! Related Links: