was a great trip. It was actually the second time we had been to the
Canyon in Chris's Jeep, but the first time his Jeep was still stock so we
couldn't complete the run. Jared accompanied us in his stock Nissan, just
to get our gear and camping supplies there and to try his truck out on some of
the easier parts of the trail. The trail to the cabin looked like Oak
Creek Canyon and was a piece of cake. We got out there in the evening and
set up camp in a cave area inside the canyon.
The next day we
drove on and got to the part where we had to leave J's truck behind. From
there the going got tough pretty quickly, but Chris flew through it like butter
with his new RE 3.5 lift and Jared got to prove his skills as spotter. In
most parts there really was no trail to speak of, it was just rock climb after
rock climb. We passed by the old Martinez mine buildings and then began
our ascent up out of the canyon.
Near the top of the
hill we parked and dawned our explorer gear (complete with old mining helmets)
to check out the Columbia/Silver Bell Mine tunnels. This was the biggest
mine we had been in, besides maybe DeSoto, with stacks upon stacks of different
levels. We explored every level we found from the top entrance at Silver
Bell, to the ladder that led over 75 feet down to the bottom.
When we got out it
was beginning to rain so we drove up the rest of the hill before it got too
muddy. The view was great, and we could see the whole bottom of the canyon
run. The mud did however make the hill descent, dubbed, "The Luge," quite
challenging. The Jeep mostly slid completely unassisted down that while
Chris optimistically tapped the brakes every once in a while for good measure.
On the way back
Chris played around on a rock near the cabins, testing out how much flex he
could achieve. He was impressed with the way it handled the supposedly 4
point trail and really got to test out his abilities as well (Of course we're
talking about the guy who did the Coke Oven Trail, or better yet, the back way
to Crown King stock).