*** 10/21/2016 12:04PM UPDATE ***
This event has been cancelled due to no one being signed up for it.
*** END OF UPDATE ***
This is a very scenic and historic trail. Most of the trail is graded dirt road (40-50 mph) except the 14 miles into Jackson Cabin from Hooker Hot Springs which is considered easy-moderate (5-10 mph) and suited to any stock Land Rover with a high and low range transfer case.
The trip takes us east on I-10 to Pomerene, north to Cascabel, east and north to Hooker Hot Springs. This area is owned by The Nature Conservancy and at present allowing vehicle traffic (who knows how long this will last, so take advantage of this great opportunity).
Several trails in the area have been permanently closed to OHV. Along the trail to Jackson Cabin we will pass several ranch houses (Browning, Pride) which are in remarkable shape including wind mills. The Pride ranch house can be rented for overnight stays.
We travel through several lush canyons with sycamores, cottonwood and huge oak trees. We arrive just in time for dinner (bring/prepare your own) at Jackson Cabin in a quaint little valley with lush vegetation and surrounding Galiuro Mountain cliffs. Jackson Cabin has a rich history and there is a log book full of stories for your enjoyment and you may add your own. The Cabin is fairly clean and cool inside thanks to the 2 foot thick rock walls. The Cabin is habitable for humans and can/has been used for camping. It has a fireplace, table and screens on windows and doors). If you plan to sleep in the cabin, limited space is available and plan to leave it cleaner than you found it.
From Jackson Cabin we will return from whence we came and explore the ranches along the way.
*** MEETING LOCATION - PHOENIX ***
Please meet at 7:45AM at the Chevron gas station on Chandler Blvd just west of I-10. Actual address is
5002 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048
*** MEETING LOCATION - BENSON ***
Please meet at 10:30AM at the Shell gas station on AZ-90 just south of I-10. Actual address is
640 AZ-90, Benson, AZ 85602
This itinerary should put us at Jackson Cabin by 3:30PM.
Trail leader will have both HAM and CB radios for in convoy communications.
You can reach the trail leader, Chad Manz, via cell/text at 480-363-2648.
This trip will also feature one of our AZLRO Quarterly Member Classes - this class will cover basic maintenance/trail repairs such as hose repair tape, changing your belt(s), changing your alternator (actual items covered subject to change).