February 22, 2014
This past Saturday, after our 2 mile walk at the East Wetlands Park with Ronnie and Carol, the four of us headed west on Interstate 8. We took exit 159 on Ogilby Road in search of Indian Pass Road.
|Right turn onto Indian Pass Road...|
The graded dirt road crosses a broad, open region and heads toward a tall rock outcrop on the horizon...Picacho State Recreation Area in the Chocolate Mountains.
We passed strands of ocotillo, cholla cactus and prickly pear...already blooming.
We all noticed a difference in scenery from our last ride thru the Cargo Muchachas...this trail was lined with yellow wildflowers and the trees were much greener.
At about 9 miles in, you come to a gap in the road known as Indian Pass. Its about 1,040 feet above sea level...just enough elevation to make your ears need a pop.
What a nice view!
For the next 6 miles or so we enjoyed the view looking up as we traversed thru the wash. Indian Pass Wilderness on the left and Picacho Peak Wilderness on the right.
|A $5 fee per vehicle is required.|
For the next 8 miles, we enjoyed a beautiful drive along the Colorado River. Spectacular views with lots of "WOW" moments.
which took us right back to exit 172 on Interstate 8, the exit to Cocopah RV Resort! A perfect loop!
|We passed this group or Jeeps on our way home.|
Gold was discovered in the rock surrounding Picacho Peak and by 1890 a large scale gold mine operation was booming.
We had a wonderful day...
Until next time...
Up next...a dang good work-out!