the Arizona WJ's Facebook group
let me tag along on yesterday for part of their weekend campout near Wickenburg, AZ. we visited the ruins of the Copperopolis mining area, the Crown Point mine, Bradshaw's grave, and The Box.
just 3 dubs and myself - Jonathan, Chris & Sarah, and Flagstaff Jeff are all members on this site as well. not a huge turnout but still a good day on a fun route.
several sections of the main trail were much rougher than the last time i visited a few years ago. still doable with a small budget boost and aggressive tires (and a rig with 4-low). you might kiss your rock rails or bumper/hitch a couple times, and there are some steep and tippy sections that might intimidate newbies.
Chris posing on a rock as we explored a spur to "The Box":
Jeff found the end of the spur, at least for our group - he was dying to be able to crawl it though. you always need just another few inches, or so they say!
we took a short hike up into the canyon, despite the 90+ degree weather.
Chris mentioned parts of the terrain reminded him of the Superior area.
Sarah noticed a pterodactyl nest up high on one of the cliff faces:
i parted ways with the group as they started to circle back towards camp. i took the route down to Castle Hot Springs road, which i think they were going to run today.
there were rumors quite a while ago about someone buying the old hot springs resort and planning to re-open it. looks like they might be true as there's a bunch of construction going on there right now. in addition to remodeling the buildings, i noticed they had a nice new stone entry almost complete.
that about wraps it up - thanks dub-club for letting me tailgun in memory of Lafawnduh!