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Unread 08-08-2008, 06:03 PM   #1
jeep4banger97
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Just moved to AZ wanna take the jeep out

Hey guys i just move to Gilbert Arizona on weds and i bought a 1997 Wrangler TJ earlier in the summer as my daily and weekend toy! I was looking to get some wheeling in before school starts (ASU) so lemme know if anyone wants to go to Bulldog ( guy at the bank told me it was good wheeling for jeeps) or anywhere else.

Also do you need a state rec permit to use bulldog or anything?


Thanks guys

John

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Unread 08-12-2008, 10:27 PM   #2
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drive down to tucson and ill take you wheelin. i know of a couple good places
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Unread 08-19-2008, 02:59 PM   #3
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table mesa and bumble bee are prettty good places also, just north of phoenix on the 17
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Unread 08-21-2008, 09:12 AM   #4
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Being out in Gilbert you may want to go east on hwy 60 toward Florence.
1) You can go to the coke ovens, Box Canyon, etc. Take 60 east past Florence Junction (hwy 60 and 79) about 3 miles until you see a flag pole on the right. Turn right (south) and follow it back. This area is a military training area and sometimes there's a sign saying it's closed due to training. (We usually don't pay attention to the sign)

2) Go past Florence Junction and take the left turn right before the railroad tracks toward Queen Valley. (I mean 50 feet or less before the tracks) Keep to the right on Hewitt Station Rd and it turns into Forest road 172. 172 will loop up and over in the Superstition mountains and come out East of Superior. Nice trip. Get yourself an "Arizona Gazetteer". It has all, or most of the trails on it. Also, check Google maps to show you the main turnoffs from Hwy 60.

Good wheeling.
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Unread 08-21-2008, 10:16 AM   #5
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are you AZ guys familiar with this book?

http://www.amazon.com/Backcountry-Ad.../dp/0966567501
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Unread 08-21-2008, 12:08 PM   #6
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It is a good guide and covers the whole state. It's also good to get the National Forest maps. You can buy them at alot of different places but for the best price, you can go to the main office for the Tonto National forest (just a few doors west of 24th street and McDowell on the north side).
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Unread 08-21-2008, 01:26 PM   #7
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I have one for Southern California and followed one of the trails and I was blown away by how precise it was, and wondered if the authors performed the same in Arizona.

BTW -- what a cool way to make a living, wheeling the southwest and writing about it.
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