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joedokes28
01-14-2008, 09:58 PM
A few of us ran Desoto Mine trail from Cleator to the Senator highway. This was an amazing trail albeit a bit long. There were so many things to see along the way, we ran out of time. For the most part, this is an easy trail, with a few tippy sections. The toughest section, the waterfall, has a bypass. We were on this trail for 6 hours and we did not see a single other vehicle the entire day.

Here are the pics:
Cleator Bar
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto1.JPG
Nice Views
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto2.JPG
600' in the mine looking at the exit
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto3.JPG
Route finding made easy
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto4.JPG
A nice spot for lunch
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto5.JPG
1st shot at the waterfall
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto6.JPG
Did I mention MTR's suck when muddy and wet
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto7.JPG
More creek bed
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto8.JPG
Nice poser shot
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto9.JPG
Senator Highway at last!
http://members.cox.net/joedokes28/Desoto10.JPG

We finished the day at the Saloon in Crown King and stayed the night above the bar. Overall, an awesome day.

RandyT
01-15-2008, 08:27 AM
great pics, thanks for sharing.

Jdemonto
01-15-2008, 08:31 AM
Eric, How long did it take and how many rigs?

Jason

MisfitTom138
01-15-2008, 09:14 AM
I still haven't been on this trail. Looks neat!:)

joedokes28
01-15-2008, 10:18 AM
Eric, How long did it take and how many rigs?

Jason

We left Cleator at 11am and got to Senator highway around 6pm. There were three rigs and we all took our time checking out the scenery, taking pics, eating etc.. I'd say were were actually driving the trail for 4hours.

Duality
01-15-2008, 10:48 AM
looks like an official biltmore run.

Dustpuppy
01-15-2008, 11:42 AM
joedokes28,

Don't blame you MTR's, my buddy, Tirith, and I ran that waterfall in nearly identical conditions based on your pics; neither my TSL radials nor his Procomp X-Terrains managed good traction either, we both ended up doing the bypass.

I'd love to see a tire that could get decent traction in those conditions. We get so used to awesome traction of dry rocks that it is quite humbling to hit the slick :pile: on the rocks.

David

joedokes28
01-15-2008, 12:25 PM
It was very slick, but I made it OK after I got a good line. 12psi all around. My buddies pro comp mud terrains seemed to be working better but he never attempted the fall.

Easyover
01-15-2008, 02:33 PM
We finished the day at the Saloon in Crown King and stayed the night above the bar. Overall, an awesome day.


What do they charge to stay there at the saloon? Always wanted to do that.

joedokes28
01-15-2008, 03:31 PM
What do they charge to stay there at the saloon? Always wanted to do that.

$50, and the best $50 I ever spent.

Some real interesting folks start to stroll in as the night wears on.

cash_n
01-16-2008, 07:40 AM
The bathroom (note singular) is the best part of the whole deal at the saloon. Well that and hearing everyone else waking up banging around while your head is pounding and you just want to sleep more. It was a great trip all around, though.

GRUNT
01-16-2008, 10:51 AM
We did a CK night run and ended up in CK at 2am or was it 3?! The music was playing over a speaker from the church and not a stir in the town... Neat town and I love it there but it was kind of creepy. I think EVERYONE was passed out.

Easyover
01-16-2008, 02:07 PM
$50, and the best $50 I ever spent.

Some real interesting folks start to stroll in as the night wears on.

Yea, I've had some good times at that saloon, just never stayed the night in one of the rooms. I did go up and look at them one time. It's definetly an interesting place!

MisfitTom138
01-16-2008, 02:26 PM
That is a fun saloon. It's been awhile since I've been there.