Oct 29, 2017

Halloween Haunted Run 10-28-2017

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The weather for the day was perfect as everyone began rolling into the parking lot at the Mercur turnoff. Over the next 30 minutes more and more rigs showed up until the group had grown to 25. We headed up towards Mercur for a few miles til we hit the pullout for the cemetery. A quick hike later and we were taking in the morning sun, great views, and of course wandering among the grave sites.

 

 

After leaving Mercur, we had a short stint on the highway before turning up towards Ophir. Taking our time slowly driving through the town, we were able to take in the sites of all the old equipment, homes, and mine remnants before taking the turnoff for Lion Hill Loop. The first section was a tad rough, but the group made it through without incident. Once we reached the top we were rewarded with an excellent view of the valley below.

 

 

 

Continuing on our way we passed by many roads left over from the old mining days on our way down to the abandoned mine. Unfortunately the mine entrance has collapsed in recent years, but we still had a nice break nearby.

 

 

 

A little after leaving the mine, a tire on the Cherokee Trailhawk got slit open on the rocks. After determining all the necessary tools and equipment for the repair was on hand, the rest of the group continued on while a few members stayed to help swap on the spare.

 

 

 

Once down from Lion Hill Loop, those who were interested stopped at the preserved town site of Ophir to check out the old buildings. Shortly after we started to poke around, the caretaker from across the road came over and gave us the key to all the buildings so we could go in and check them all out. It was an awesome experience that ive never had a chance to do before.

 

 

 

 

 

The group began to whittle down as those who were done exploring started to head home. Only 4 vehicles remained by the time the last one pulled out of Ophir, and 3 continued on up and over the mountain into Butterfield canyon. We made a quick stop at the overlook into Kennecott Copper mine which always makes for an excellent view, then headed down the canyon and home for the day.

 

 

 

Thank you everyone who came out on the run. It was a great day with good friends!

 

Til' Next Time!

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  • What a fantastic day to be on the trails in Eureka this morning for this months ride! We were fortunate to have the mayor of Eureka take the group on a guided tour of various mining sites and related historical areas surrounding Eureka. Each stop we were treated to a history of the area, stories, and experiences all with a beautifully scenic backdrop and great weather. After the tour those who were interested met up in town for a late lunch at “B’s” and some even tried the “pickle bomb” among other tasty foods. Thank you to everyone who were able to attend. This was definitely one of my favorite trips to date and an unique experience. We would love to see any pictures you took from the trip and any stories from the day you have to share. Til’ Next Time!
  • Due to the popularity of the Eureka Mayor trip we setup this second trip 2 weeks later for those who weren't able to attend the first one. Nick(Mayor of Eureka) was great again as our tour guide of the area showing us historical sites and sharing the history of the area. Since i had attended the previous ride i expected to hear the same stories, but although some of the core stories were the same he also shared other stories, experiences, and history i hadnt heard before. I was also able to bring a recording device and capture the audio from the tour which i hope to be able to share with everyone at a later time. Thanks again to everyone who was able to attend. It was another great day on the trail, and another fun lunch at the local diner with the Mayor where we discussed a future unique tour that we will be sure to post up about. Til' Next Time!
  • Had a great time on today’s group trail run. Was an awesome mix of vehicles with Jeeps, Toyota’s, full size trucks, and land rovers(which now I kind of want). The day started out near 5 mile where we met up and talked about the trail. We expected it to be covered in deep snow or a complete mud bog, so we were shooting to make it down to the hot springs by 2 or so. The weather was surprisingly pleasant and the trail mostly mud free except for a few short low spots. One new experience for me was a section of the trail being completely covered in tumbleweeds so deep we didn’t dare drive through them. I’m also told the “Beware of attack llama” sign was in fact not a joke, but I’ll leave that story to our tail gunners to tell 😀 We made excellent time and reached the springs around noon, where we were entertained by a gentleman showing us the art of proper hot spring operation. At this point some of the group headed out for the day while the rest of us continued on up the nearby volcano, and took a short hike up to the cone. Despite having been there many times before, the group discovered some heat vents still letting out warm air from below that I’d never noticed before. Once we reached the volcano base again, some in the group headed over to nearby Topaz mountain, while the rest split off and headed for home. For those of us taking the Eureka route, we came across a Las Vegas rugby team whose van had a flat and they didn’t have a good enough jack to change it. Despite the pouring rain, the group had it swapped out and them on their way in no time. It’s hard to pass through Eureka without stopping at Porters Place for some great food, so a pit stop was made. While there the mayor of the town swung by to see what all the 4x4s were up to, and shared history of the area along with trail rides we could check out. The owners of Porters even shared pictures with us of the train trestles we were discussing. Talk about service! Keep an eye out for a future guided tour in this area! Thanks to everyone who was able to come out today. It was a fun day with good weather and great friends! Til’ Next Time!

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