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Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 04:32 PM
Well it was just me, myself and I as I got there about 9:45 and waited until 10 or a little after for anyone to show. When no one did, I was off on my own.

It was a beautiful day so I took the soft doors and threw them in the back. I read up on this trail in the AZ book so I knew pretty much what to expect. I didn't air down or disco and it really isn't needed. The road had been grated out since the last major rain fall so it was pretty much smooth traveling though some nice back country. It was so easy that I even passed a van that seemed to be housing some hippies from Wisconsin. It was good to get out. I was even thinking about hitting another trail, Harquahala Peak but decided against it as I was alone and I didn't know what to expect.

Anyway, here are some pics from today.

A wild jack arse the second one I have ever seen and this one was with in 15 feet of me! :eek: :

http://tinypic.com/1ggns6

Castle Hot Springs Resort. Im still kind of confused about this one. The book and people I've talked to said it is defunct butit's still well kept. Do people live there now? There was a guy there mowing the lawn, you can see him in the 2nd pic if you look close:

http://tinypic.com/1ggo3p

http://tinypic.com/1ggo5y

Gratuitous Baby Jeep shot:

http://tinypic.com/1ggoc6

Random scenic shots:

http://tinypic.com/1ggohy

http://tinypic.com/1ggoja

And my random pretty shot of the day:

http://tinypic.com/1ggoqu

This was a fun little getaway from the rush of city life while not getting yourself in over your head. I was even thinking about taking the trail back after stopping for lunch in Wickenburg after deciding not to do the other trail but I decided getting stuff for my lift was more important. :D It was nice to actually be alone for once with my radio and thoughts. I wish I could do this everyday. :)

Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 04:33 PM
Two more pics I was unable to post above...

Random scenic shot:

http://tinypic.com/1ggok4

Interesting perspective:

http://tinypic.com/1ggolk

On the way back too I took some different routes trying to get to the north side of the White Tanks. Wasn't easy and I never made it there but exploring sure was fun. I made it as far south down to Happy Valley Rd where it goes dirt on the west side. Getting there I passed through a mud hole that about swallowed the Jeep. I was lucky to have the soft doors back on by that point. :eek: :D

Smelly, gooey mud. :mad: LOL :D

Crawldit
01-25-2005, 04:51 PM
Nice pics and nice Jeep. I didn't realize you had done that much work to it. :cool:

Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 04:54 PM
Thanks, the only real work done to it here in AZ has been the front and rear bumpers, the upgraded CB and the plastic side protectors.

The real fun comes in a week when the lift and tires go on. :D Finally after 2+ years of getting pieces, it will get built. :D

Crawldit
01-25-2005, 05:04 PM
Those are plastic ??? They look like PSC Crusher Corners. How much does something like that cost ??? I'm actually jealous, you've got 3 things that I still need....cage, rock sliders, corner protection.

EDIT* Never mind I found the thread about the plastic. Very cool and pretty cheap. I might have to give him a call in about a month :rolleyes:

Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 05:42 PM
www.simplyoffroad.com

Their prices went up but they are still under 200 bucks last I looked. When Eric (DsrtJeeper) flopped I saw just how well they protected the side where some rocks came in contact with it. Now I don't plan to roll or flop my rig around and they aren't as strong as steel but they will hold up pretty well I think and I'm happy to have gotten them. Plus they only weight 6 lbs. instead of the 80+ lbs of the PSC. :D

You can talk to jeepin_in_az (Mike) on this board, that is his company. Great guy to work with and he and his partners do good work.

EDIT: LOL, just beat me to it by a minute. ;)

DsrtJeeper
01-25-2005, 07:17 PM
Nice pics as always. :) Glad you got out and had some thinking time. ;)

Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 07:25 PM
Nice pics as always. :) Glad you got out and had some thinking time. ;)

Yea, I needed to think. Seems to be the usual thing I do anymore. :rolleyes: Well most of the time, I seem to do stupid things when I don't think. :p :D

bgwhtjp33
01-25-2005, 07:58 PM
I've been told that ASU owns the castle and that they do the up keep, Don't know if true just what I've been told. If you ever want to do Harq. Peak let me know... it has been a few years since I was there ... awsome veiw from the top! Fairly easy drive up but steep. I went with a group of VW baja bugs and rails only 3 of the 8 made it to top.... they didn't have enough power....lol :eek:

Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 08:19 PM
Really, maybe I should have flageged the lawnmower man down adn chatted with him a bit. I was a little worried about parking along the fence area to get a few pics. I don't know how strictly they enforce the no parking signs (or the keep off wall signs for that matter).

Wonder if they give tours or anything? I'd love to see more of it up close.

I'll let you know when I want to head to Harq. Peak. Could I have done it without airing down or discoing?

Dragonfly
01-25-2005, 08:55 PM
Harq. peak is nice and scenic....lots of annoying baseball sized rocks along with very steep hills...it is a road so no need to air down or disco although that would probably make it a more comfortable ride...I'd be willing to head out next week sometime...but I wouldn't recommend doing it alone.... :D

Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 09:01 PM
Karen,

I may be up for that next week. I'm going to try to get that lift on in the first 1/2 of the week though. I'm not sure how long it will take to get it done or get the DS. We'll play it by ear. :)

I'll be off Monday through Thursday.

Triple-XJ
01-25-2005, 09:30 PM
Wow, its been about 5 years since I had seen that place.
By the looks, it hasnt changed much.

You know,
in the past a person interested in checking out the "Hot Springs" would just have to walk up and ask the care-taker, 9 times out of 10 he would say, "Go ahead, be my guest".. ;)
Not sure anymore, but it would be worth a shot.

Did you go up Castle Creek ? Its a NICE canyon.
I spent many Solo wheelin trips in that area. :)

On the other note,
Your Jeep is coming along quite well, its looking more and more like a built trail rig.

Oh, and them there are some of the most Dawg-arn puuurty-ist pic-atures I have seen in a while. :D

Hopefully I could join you sometime when our schedules premitt. ;)

Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 09:44 PM
Geno,

Castle Creek. Well I started on the Lake Pleasent side of things and ended at the intersection of 74 about a 1/2 mile up from 60.

With that information, would I have gone through Castle Creek. I do remember going through a few tight spots 2/3rds of the way in with a pretty high canyon wall on my left but no pics and crossing the creek/river a few times over in the very beginning of the trail with a few crossings later on. There was a few trails towards the end that I would have liked to go on but since I was alone I didn't want to get myself in a situation that could have been messy. :( Most headed up the hills.

Next time I go, maybe I will flag down someone to see if they would let me walk around some and take pics. I'd realyl love to get inside that fence. :D

Thanks for the compliment on the Jeep. Hopefully next week that lift will get on. The only thing left is the rear track bar and my friend is shipping it out tomorrow. BTW, I'll need to borrow that hole saw, I just got my LED rounds for when I chop the fenders off. ;) It looks crappy right now with the fronts that way. :(

Oh, does anyone know if this is man made?

http://tinypic.com/1giupu

I've seen simmilar rocks/formations in Cali and Utah but never here. They are usually very colorful but I wasn't sure if this was old dirt from mining in the area that eroded this way. I was shocked to see it there. I know Utah and Cali were natural.

SHNIPE
01-25-2005, 11:04 PM
yeah those are man made. they are tailings from on going mining operations in the area. Those are the ones near then end (closer to 74 near Morristown right)? I used to live in Wickenburg and we did some gold panning and dredging up in those mountains. Sorry i didnt make it out. I have been wanting to go back to that area for a long time.

Castle Hot Springs is privately owned and maintained from what ive heard. Dunno bout ASU owning it. the people there are pretty nice...well 2 years ago when i stopped to have a look they were. Sweet pics! http://flatfendertj.com/images/icons/icon14.gif

Wind_Danzer
01-25-2005, 11:13 PM
It's cool you didn't make it, maybe next time. I defanetly have to ask next time to get a closer look.

Those tailings are in that location near 74, about 2 miles or so in from there.

I just came across a pic online that has the same truck in it as the one I saw today. That was from '00. I'd be willing to bet that they are the same people.

Triple-XJ
01-26-2005, 08:21 PM
Geno,

Castle Creek. Well I started on the Lake Pleasent side of things and ended at the intersection of 74 about a 1/2 mile up from 60.

With that information, would I have gone through Castle Creek. I do remember going through a few tight spots 2/3rds of the way in with a pretty high canyon wall on my left but no pics and crossing the creek/river a few times over in the very beginning of the trail with a few crossings later on. There was a few trails towards the end that I would have liked to go on but since I was alone I didn't want to get myself in a situation that could have been messy. :( Most headed up the hills.





Does this look familiar ?????

http://members.cox.net/gharanczak/Castle%20Creek.jpg

Without looking at a map, I wanna say this pic was taken NE of Buck Horn Wash (its been a while). You may have been on the more maintaned part of the loop.

Wind_Danzer
01-26-2005, 09:35 PM
It looks familiar. I stayed on the basic Castle Hot Springs Rd. so if that is off that road, then I wasn't on it.