May 12 & 13, 2018
The club run scheduled for the week-end of May 12 was Pickle and Mashed Potatoes.
We had a large turn out of members plus wheelers from Wyoming and Canada making a total of 16 vehicles in all.
To get to the Pickle trailhead, its a nice drive through some gorgeous country
including Hunter Canyon where John Wayne hitched up his horse to a cottonwood tree in one of the many western movies shot in this area.
Pickle trail is less than a mile and full of flexy fun that follows a wash through a canyon.
There are three named obstacles that do not have bypasses. Here we approach the first obstacle.
|Joe and I were the next to the last vehicle in the line-up. We followed Jeff in the yellow buggy, Susan (Jeff's wife) in the blue buggy and in front of us was Chris.|
Dill Pickle is where the fun begins !
|Warren has no trouble making the double ledge climb.|
Around the curve on the other side of the rock pillar is a narrow section of trail. It is a squeeze to get through there...
...and a pickle to get out of. Thus the name ! Here Chris gets a passenger front tire lift as she skillfully works her way out.
Up next is the Pickle Slicer. To us, it's the toughest of the three obstacles to climb. Precise tire placement and angle of approach are key for success.
|Chris aces Pickle Slicer as Dee watches.|
Jalapeno Pickle, a climbing challenge out of the canyon, is narrow and tricky.
|Susan makes it look easy!|
Endless mounds of white ledges, rocks and notches give Mashed Potatoes Trail it's name. It's an easy trail of ups and downs with spectacular views.
There is one major obstacle on Mashed Potatoes...Gravy Boat. It does have a bypass !
|Melissa dips in the Gravy Boat...|
Jeff enjoys lunch and the Gravy Boat...both at the same time!
Chris climbs out of Gravy Boat...Wile E waits his turn !
Well, I did mention the spectacular views...
What a great weekend ! Until next time, happy days and...
HAPPY TRAILS !
Up next...a hike with a little rock scrambling, paying close attention to cairns, and 4 miles all to ourselves.