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    carefree to payson

    Is there away to link trails together to get to Payson from Carefree?

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    Re: carefree to payson

    Dugas road will eventually get you across the verde, and then to strawberry I think.
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    Re: carefree to payson

    Yes to strawberry (well kinda), I believe the fossil springs road might still be closed. Also, there might be gates when you cross the river. I am not sure if it is crossable. I know there are a few threads on the web somewhere about this run.

    I might be up for checking this out sometime so keep me posted if you are going to try it.

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    Re: carefree to payson

    Okay. I was looking on Google maps and wasn't finding much. How are the roads


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    Re: carefree to payson

    Will definitely keep you post.


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    Re: carefree to payson

    Here's the gate, if you're interested, at least what it looked like a couple years ago.. 3/4 mile or so south
    of the Verde on FR16.

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    Re: carefree to payson

    Wonder why they closed it.


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    Re: carefree to payson

    You'd have to get the real story from the Tonto NF, but the most likely reason is that they don't want to have to deal with recoveries or lawsuits on an unpredictable river crossing a long $%#! way from anywhere.
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    Re: carefree to payson

    Quote Originally Posted by jeepman1984 View Post
    Okay. I was looking on Google maps and wasn't finding much. How are the roads


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    CactusEd can help out here but roads are pretty much bladed dirt with some softballs thrown in. Your only obstacle is the crossing. Instead of exiting to strawberry you can head due north I think.

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    Re: carefree to payson

    Okay. I want to get to payson all offroad, camp when I get there then head back.


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    Re: carefree to payson

    Quote Originally Posted by jeepman1984 View Post
    Okay. I want to get to payson all offroad, camp when I get there then head back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Your best bet for that is to cross the Verde below Bartlett and take Service Road 393 up to Sunflower. You can probably put together some more dirt routes to get most of the rest of the way to Payson.

    If you did get across the Verde at Childs you'd end up coming out closer to Camp Verde. No way to head east in the dirt now that Fossil Creek road to Strawberry is closed.
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    Re: carefree to payson

    Okay, thanks for the info. I've been trying to put it together on the map, and wanted to see if y'all had any ideas.


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    Re: carefree to payson

    Oh we have ideas all right. Most of 'em make no sense whatsoever.

    Good luck with the planning. Post up in the "wheeling alone" section so we know when to go looking for you.
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    Re: carefree to payson

    Or instead of going solo, post up in the runs section and lead a run. Have fun out there!

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    Re: carefree to payson

    I was planning once I get the details worked out. I'll probably do it solo the first time to figure it out the later post a group. It's hard to lead when you don't really know where your going, lol


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