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nugget
05-15-2008, 08:46 PM
Thought I would let you guys know about this. I know its probably a stretch, but we could use all the help we can get!!

Description:
Chokecherry canyon is a very unique place in that buggies, very modified, slightly modified, and stock trucks can run the same trail and everyone will have fun; optional lines is what makes chokecherry amazing. Donít want to do an obstacle? Go around. Canít make an obstacle? Try another 30 feet over. This area really is a huge playground for any type of vehicle.

The cleanup is going to be Saturday, but if people wanted to come out early, to get the most out of the wheeling trip, by all means come out early and we can show you around. Last yearís cleanup lasted about 4-5 hours, which left a lot of time to go wheeling afterwards. Sunday you can go wheeling as well if you feel so inclined.

Meeting time will be 8:00am-noonish Saturday Morning (June 14th, 2008) at the staging area (directions below). We will be splitting up in groups to hit different areas that need to be cleaned up. After the cleanup, we will all gather around and decide what trails to run and what trails everyone wants to do.

Staging will be located at the entrance to chokecherry canyon, which is at the intersection of pinion hills and glade rd. (a large dumpster will be there).

Map of staging location:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=36.771411,-108.209796&ie=UTF8&ll=36.772236,-108.209796&spn=0.015916,0.029011&t=p&z=15

Direction to Camp:
From Pinion Hills Rd.
Turn off on CR1980 aka Glade Rd (chokecherry canyon)
There has never been a sign or anything to mark it whatsoever. But there are land marks.
* It's a canyon bottom at the base of a pretty big hill.
* it's on the right (north) and paved
* It immediately curves to right and becomes gravel/dirt
* there are street lights if it's dark.
* there is large wash on the right (east)
Stay on the main road. At ~+2miles you'll pass the "Glade run rec area/BLM" sign
You will then cross over the wash, then cross back after a ways.
2 TOTAL WASH CROSSINGS
After the 2nd crossing you'll come to a fairly large, well used "T" intersection on the left.
PASS IT!
Take the next trail that peels off to the left. It's just a few yards past the intersection.
You'll pop out in brown spring. Which is kind of like a parking lot surrounded by a big slick rock bowl. That's were we'll be camped.
Total distance is ~3 miles from pinon hills

Map of where camp is located:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=17429398579826337653,36.773710,-108.193470%3B13201069828820386689,36.808481,-108.177934&q=36.808481,+-108.177934&ie=UTF8&ll=36.809319,-108.177953&spn=0.015908,0.029011&t=p&z=15&iwloc=addr


Random Pictures:
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Pictures of previous cleanups:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r159/jeepnmaniac/Chokecherry/Cleanup002.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r159/jeepnmaniac/Chokecherry/Cleanup018.jpg

Hope to see you guys out there!!

Uncle Ben
05-15-2008, 09:41 PM
Thats one place I have always wanted to go but haven't yet. It wont happen this year either, unfortunately. :( I hope you get a great turnout! Thank you for the invite!

nugget
05-16-2008, 01:00 AM
Np man!! Hope you can make it next year :thumb:

Jacket
05-16-2008, 08:28 AM
I had the good fortune to wheel that area last summer, and it's a really great spot, with a ton of trails concentrated in the area. Terrain similar to Moab, with rock slabs and sandy washes mixed into the canyons and hills - but arguably more challenging than Moab slickrock. And the scenery is outstanding!

Unfortunately that's Fathers Day weekend, which is tough to get away (or plans have already been made) - I'm already committed elsewhere. But to support Nugget's cause, it's going to be a tough wheelin season here in Colorado this year with all the snow, so it would be a great weekend trip for a Colorado group to head down to Farmington and try out the area.:thumb:

Hulk
05-16-2008, 10:29 AM
Maybe we can do a RS run down there in 2009. Looks really cool.

Romer
05-16-2008, 10:41 AM
Maybe we can do a RS run down there in 2009. Looks really cool.

I'm up for that

Uncle Ben
05-16-2008, 10:43 AM
I'm up for that

Sounds like a possibility!

nugget
05-19-2008, 09:26 AM
I had the good fortune to wheel that area last summer, and it's a really great spot, with a ton of trails concentrated in the area. Terrain similar to Moab, with rock slabs and sandy washes mixed into the canyons and hills - but arguably more challenging than Moab slickrock. And the scenery is outstanding!

Unfortunately that's Fathers Day weekend, which is tough to get away (or plans have already been made) - I'm already committed elsewhere. But to support Nugget's cause, it's going to be a tough wheelin season here in Colorado this year with all the snow, so it would be a great weekend trip for a Colorado group to head down to Farmington and try out the area.:thumb:

:smokin:

nugget
05-24-2008, 03:41 PM
Bump!

This place is dirty :mad:

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wesintl
05-25-2008, 11:39 AM
Sad to see so much junk out there. Bravo! to you guys for taking the time to clean up that area.

Thanks for posting. While I can't make it down it's nice to get out this awareness in that some closer may attend.

Good luck!

nugget
05-25-2008, 12:02 PM
thanks man! There's always next year :headbang:

nugget
06-05-2008, 06:44 PM
Bump!!
This is becoming a large event.

Come show your support!!
The official starting point ***Saturday 8am June 14th.*** Is the parking area at the intersection of Pinon Hills and the Glade Road.

All permitting has been taken care for camping on Friday and Saturday in the Brown Springs/TO area. Encourage folks to come out Friday night and stay through Sunday if they want. Camping is "Primitive" style.

BLM will provide everything required in the way of tools, gloves, soda, water etc...

Rumor has it that the companies working the well fields in the area are going to do something nice, like lunch... but left it vague because they may freak if 200 people show up.

nugget
06-09-2008, 10:56 PM
...The response for this event is amazing! So much, in fact, that we are moving the camping site to an area just east of Brown's Springs. The camping area is a large, flat grassland area and on the opposite (east) bank of the main dry wash. Also, the dumpsters are being donated by waste management, and we doubled the amount of dumpsters due to the amount of trash and the shear amount of people that have committed so far.

The new campsite can be reached 3.6 miles from the intersection of Pinon Hills Blvd and Glade Rd. and ~.2 miles past Brown's Springs. Turn right at the 4-way intersection, crossing the wash, and continue the follow the road to the right. You will see several very large red tanks and we will be camped in the large field adjacent to them. These red tanks are highly visible from the main road as well as from Brown Springs...when in doubt, head toward the red tanks, eh?

GPS to get you close... 36į48'37.09"N 108į10'27.43"W

Several folks will be rolling in throughout the day on Friday so spotting folks shouldn't be too bad either. We'll be the biggest group out there for sure!

The gas companies have definitely stepped up and will provide a very nice lunch, which will be on Saturday

Hope to see you out there!

nugget
07-04-2008, 09:18 PM
trip report, pics, and videos here:
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?p=78957#post78957