Sycamore Creek - Night Run
Well, we haven’t done a night run in a long time. So, let’s have some fun without the oppressive summer sun exposure. If I recall correctly, the last time we had a club night run we also did Sycamore Creek, but that was 6-7 yrs ago. Let’s get out there and try out the light bars.
Sunset is 7:21pm, Temps up around 100° (probably low to mid 90's on trail), current forecast in Fountain Hills is 20% precipitation during the day and 0% at night. Moonset is 9:45pm. Moon will be approx. 25% waxing. So, if we have no clouds, we should have some amazing star views.
Trail is not terribly long, unless we run into any unforeseen circumstances. Bring the normal, water and food/snacks. Include rain gear just in case. Not totally sure what the soil will be like, but I’d suggest leaving the sandals at home and wear foot gear you’re not afraid to get wet/dirty/muddy. If you’ve got a portable shovel, bring it just in case. I’ve no idea what we’ll find when we get down into the creek bed. There’s a good possibility we may need to break down some very steep creek bed sand walls due to near term erosion that may have occurred with all of this recent rain. If you’ve got sand ladders or traction devices, bring ‘em. Pretty much a guarantee the creek bed will have a lot of soupy sand and water holes. Don’t forget the flashlights, head lamps, and other portable light sources
If there are rains on Saturday in the mountains north of Fountain Hills along Hwy 87, we’ll be cancelling the run. Too dangerous to risk with flash flooding and/or heavy water flow likely in Sycamore Creek (a creek we cannot avoid on this run).
Let’s meet at the Chevron gas station at Beeline Hwy and Fort McDowell Rd (across hwy from casino), 10180 N Fort McDowell Rd, at 1915 hrs MAP (7:15pm) and leave for the trail at 1930 hrs.
If you miss us there, we’ll be airing down at the trail head and hitting the trail 2000-2015 hrs. (MAP)
I don’t have a CB in my truck so we’ll be using HAM frequencies and FRS/GMRS
HAM: 146.580FRS: Channel 3, sub-channel 0
As usual, please register if you’re going to be joining us. This is the only way for me to keep tabs on who I should be expecting. Also, please unregister if you can’t make it. If it’s a last minute cancelation, call me 602.318.5164.
Please contact me here or call if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all Saturday evening for a fun night run thru the desert.
Sycamore Creek offers outstanding views on a moderate to difficult trail. There are a few 'Oh My' obstacles that look much worse than they are as well as some play hills to challenge any Rover.
The trail starts by crossing the dry Sycamore Creek and wandering through a mildly improved area back and forth across the creek to a dry wash. The wash narrows and can be tricky for full sized vehicles without extra clearance. As the trail starts to climb out of the wash the views begin. There are options of varying difficulty to obtain the ridge where stunning views of Four Peaks and the desert are afforded. A windy narrow desert road travels ridges and ravines offering easy to moderate off-roading.
Shortly after a steep decent into a wash a wall like obstacle is reached. It is easy to drive by because it is a slab of granite that does not resemble the road. A great sense of accomplishment is felt for new comers as they conquer this impossible looking obstacle with ease. More easy to moderate terrain follows
After climbing to a saddle with interesting quartz rock a steep twisty decent takes you into another wash. The wash has some small boulders and interesting wheeling. This wash will take you to the exit Lower Sycamore Road. Here you have the opportunity to try numerous play hills some of which shrink to canyons only inches wider than your car.
If you want more adventure, continue down stream in Sycamore Creek until you hit the Verde River. At low flow times, you can cross the river even in a stock Rover. On the other side of the river a seldom used road leads you back to Fountain Hills.
Offers optional play hills and one optional obstacle for those wanting more challenge. It can be run in 3-4 hours depending on the number of vehicles and the usual circumstances. Stock vehicles can run this.