Myrtle Point: Gila County Highpoint

After sleeping just south of Flagstaff, Sprocket and I cruised out Lake Mary Road towards the Mogollon Rim. I was watching side roads as we headed south and they were looking pretty muddy so I started to get nervous about actually being able to drive out to Myrtle Point. When I reached the turnoff from Highway 87, I was relieved to see that it was a fairly major route and looked like it was in really good shape. Sprocket and I headed south, occasionally passing through snowy areas and, fortunately, the muddy areas were frozen. I briefly considered the possibility that if they thawed, we might be forced to spend the night and drive out when they were frozen again in the morning, but we continued pressing south.

We reached the spur road to Myrtle Point off the Rim Road (FS 300) without an major issues but I declined to drive through the large mud puddle on the spur and instead enjoy the weather walking the mile or so out to the rim.

The views were pretty fantastic:

Myrtle Point view

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It was really windy though, so Sprocket and I didn’t linger too long:

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I debated for quite some time, but I chose to take the Rim Road west to the highway instead of retracing my steps to the north. I was a little bit nervous since I was almost certain to be able to get out to the north but FS 300 is pretty major so I decided to risk it.  It was really fun to be able to look back to Myrtle Point and further enjoy the massive views south to the rest of Gila County.

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It was pretty uneventful until just before I reached the highway. There was a pretty snowpacked corner where a small car had managed to put himself into the ditch. Someone else was already helping them but I still can’t imagine where they thought they were going!

Arizona County Highpoint #2 under my belt, I headed south to Browns Peak!

Mogollon Rim

After leaving Haigler Creek, we headed up onto the Mogollon Rim headed east towards Heber-Overgaard and Show Low. Just after leaving Heber-Overgaard, we headed south towards the rim to camp out for the night.

While we were looking for a place to camp we noticed there was quite a bit of mud around. As we pulled off the road to make camp, F commented “This stuff is soft.” Before I could think how reminiscent that was of our adventure at the Salton Sea, we’d pulled a bit further off the road and were stuck.

Both F and I took turns at digging the tires out but we’d managed to bury the truck up to the axle plus the mud was more liquid baby-poo like stuff than dirt. Despite airing down the tires the truck wasn’t going anywhere. We unloaded the quad and headed back to the main road to wait for someone to come past and help us out. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long and with the help of a kind stranger and his 4-wheel drive truck, we were free. As you can see, it was quite a mess:

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Tire Ruts

After extricating ourselves from the mud, we headed out on a quad ride to do some more exploring. It was sort of hard to tempt Sprocket away from the elk leg he’d found but the sound of the quad was too much for him to resist:

Sprocket with bone

During our ride, Sprocket enjoyed splashing around in the many stock ponds:

Sprocket and stock pond

Plus we got some views off the edge of the rim:

View from the Mogollon Rim

View from the Mogollon Rim