Box Canyon Via the Gravel Bike
I drove south, got on White House Canyon Road and then where Madera Canyon Road branches to the right, I parked in a small, dirt area. In the distance, the Santa Ritas with Elephant Head on the right.
I left White Canyon for Box Canyon Road and mostly enjoyed a 1-2% grade although the wash boarding was pretty bad.
The road stayed straight for a couple of miles then bent to the left, crossed a dry creek bed and then an 11% section that it too had wash boarding. That was difficult, bouncing along while maintaining momentum. I rounded a corner and saw the road coursing upwards through the canyon. It was a neat view.
The first 9 miles is a climb having an average grade of 3% but there are several extended section having a 6-7% grade. I came to a hairpin curve that had a neat looking wall. Note the man standing, bottom left, which gives some perspective of the size.
The road continues its ascent but just when I'd had enough of the bouncing, Greaterville Road.....
….came in from the left and it was paved! Thank goodness. I rode it for 4 miles to St. Rt. 83 where I turned around and....
...retraced the route. Later, I checked the area map and all the southwest bearing roads eventually dead end against the slopes of Mt. Wrightson or Hopkins. At times...
….I could take my eyes off the road to enjoy the view but the wash board really took a toll and I was glad when I again reached pavement. Don't think I'd do this route again unless a road grader went through. Finished with 30 miles and 2200' of climbing.
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