I'm escorting a group to Newman Peak, a little known peak that sits across I-10 from its much better known sister, Picacho Peak. I've driven the dirt portion of the route a couple of times but needed to check it prior to our hike. Dirt roads are susceptible to great change over time. I passed a large tree having a variety of items attached to it.
I scouted a 2nd route I had not previously driven and decided it was a better choice, requiring a mere 4 miles of dirt road driving. High clearance vehicles are required so our group has enough members with HCV to get all of us to the trail head.
Got out for a 41 mile ride that included the "Tunnel of Death" on north Thornydale Road. Also went as far into the Dove Mountain development as roads allow. Seems like every time I ride in there, another road has been added, stretching the development farther to the west.
Currently, the road ends at a nice park but certainly this too will be bypassed with another road.
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