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2 day run to Beatty Nevada

Two day run to Beatty

By Denis & Sandi Inman

When we arrived in Beatty for our 7:00 AM start, we realized that some modification of the first days activities would probably become necessary due to the snow from the previous days storm. One of our goals was to find a concrete structure that Jeremy spotted on a trail ride just over a week earlier. We were unable to get there due to the fact that the vague trail we were following completely disappeared in the snow before we arrived in the vicinity of the monolith. Our 8 rig expedition team consisted of Sandi & I, Jim, Sherrie & Kramer, Don & Linda, Brian & Jeremy, Vic & Yvonne, Selway & Pam and Ed & Mary Lou.

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Photo of entrance to Sperry Wash

Sperry Wash, Saratoga Spring & Ibex Spring

By Denis & Sandi Inman

After leaving Lakeside Casino at 7:00 AM, we crossed the dry lake and took Old Spanish Trail to Mesquite Valley Road. In the vicinity of Donna Loy Talc Mine, our trio of Jeep Wranglers turned South towards the Kingston Wilderness, around the Alexander Hills to an overlook above Alexander Mine. We then proceeded to Acme Mine for some more exploring. It wasn’t long before we were headed down Sperry Wash towards Dumont Dunes. The Amargosa River is above ground in a number of segments of the wash and we made a half dozen or so river crossings.

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New Mild 2 Wild fund raiser May 9

Your choice of two trail rides, one Mild and one Wild in the Dayton, NV area. The WILD will be on a more difficult trail and the MILD ride will be on a more moderate trail. Open to Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and SUVs. This is a new annual fund-raiser for N4WDA, although the event has been held for many years by Al Lockett.

Meet at Our Park on Highway 50 at the west end of Dayton at 8:00 AM. We will leave promptly at 8:30 AM. The cost is $40 per vehicle, pay at theĀ  event. Bring along water and a lunch as the rides should take 3-4 hours.

Bullfrog District

West side of the Bullfrog District

By Denis & Sandi Inman

We left the Candy Store in Beatty at 7:00 AM and drove to the Goldwell Open Air Museum to air down. From there we traveled West to Cave Rock Spring for a quick break. Continuing on, our efficient group of explorers consisting of Jeremy riding with me, Jim and Vic persevered to get a few miles of trail behind us before sundown. After another short stop at McDonald Spring, we found a dead end trail to cross off our list of places to investigate in the future.

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Clouds on Mormon Wells Road

Mormon Wells Road trail run

By Denis & Sandi Inman

The coffee was ready in the lobby of Sunset View Inn at 5:00 AM. After a cup of Joe, we drove up the road to Ash Springs and got some breakfast sandwiches at R Place. It was still early and not wanting to hit any animals in the dark on Highway 93, we decided to follow an 18 wheeler to run interference for us. Mormon Well Road is just South of the Coyote Springs Golf Club on the 168 and we arrived shortly after sunrise to begin our trail run. There were sections of the road that could have been muddy if they were not frozen solid.

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Sheep Pass sign

PV4W club run to Alamo Road

By Denis & Sandi Inman

I thought with a weeks notice and delaying the run until Saturday that we would get more people interested in the Alamo Road trail run. If I had known ahead of time it was just going to be the two of us, we could have gone during the week to hopefully see some military aircraft on maneuvers over the Nellis Air Force Range and the Nevada Test Site. Brian and I met at the Desert NWR Visitor Center near Corn Creek at 7:45, aired down and left at 8:00 AM. We could have used a little more breeze to clear the dust from the road, but other than that, it was a beautiful Winter day in the wilderness.

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Colosseum Mine

PV4W club run to Colosseum Mine

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Immediately after leaving the Lakeside Casino parking lot, Mike, Patti and I proceeded South on Homestead, across the dry lake and caught Tecopa Road to Mesquite Valley Road. On the way to Excelsior Mine Road, we took a side trip up to some unknown mines (possibly lead prospects) at just over 5250′. We connected with Excelsior Mine Road a little ways below Tecopa Pass, traversed the pass, then drove generally Southeast until we reached the trail about 2 miles beyond Powerline Road.

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Santa Cruz Spring Canyon

Santa Cruz Spring Canyon

By Denis & Sandi Inman

We wanted to finish the trails that we intended to complete on Wednesday, so Jim, Vic and I met at Horizon Market at Mesquite and the 160 at 7:30 this morning to begin our run. Shortly after we turned onto Powerline Road heading North, we ran into the first of several small herds of horses that we were to encounter today. After we made the turn heading Northeast towards Roadrunner, we came to a second group and just before entering the narrow canyon at Santa Cruz Spring, we spotted a third gathering.

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Lower Wallace Canyon & Horse Spring

Lower Wallace Canyon & Horse Spring

By Denis & Sandi Inman

After topping off with coffee and gasoline at the Maverick at Homestead and the 160, 4 of us began our 7:00 AM start to a busy day of trail running. We headed East on Winery, connected with Gravel Pit Road and proceeded Northeast. It wasn’t long before some horses were sighted grazing a few hundred yards off the road. We explored some trails along the bluff Southeast of Wheeler Wash then dropped down into the wash to check out a couple box canyons.

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South Nopah and Kingston Ranges

PV4W club run to South Nopah & Kingston Ranges

By Denis & Sandi Inman

The forecast was for rain, but we didn’t get any precipitation until we were breaking for lunch at Crystal Spring off of Excelsior Mine Road and no significant rain until were were almost back in town at about 3:30. Brian, Jim, Jeremy and I attended the 6:50 drivers meeting and proceeded South on Homestead and across the dry lake at 7:00. Mesquite Valley Road took us to Western Talc Road where we explored the side trails and mines in that vicinity.

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Spring Mountains & Spanish Trail

Spring Mountains & Spanish Trail

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Jeremy put together a trail run and invited a few of his friends to come along. I was fortunate enough to be asked as well. Other invitees included Jim, Brian, John & Mike, Vic along with Mike & Patti. Our leader generously allowed me to run ahead of the main group at my own pace to set up for photos as the band of adventurers came up the trail.

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Amargosa & Crater Flat

Amargosa & Crater Flat

By Denis & Sandi Inman

On Wednesday, four of us set out to explore trails Northwest of Amargosa and across the 95 into the Crater Flat area on the border of Nellis Test Range.

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Crystal Spring & Wood Canyon

Denis & Sandi Inman

Several of us did a short local trail run to Crystal Spring and Wood Canyon to see what the conditions would be like after some snow and rain. There were 5 participants in 4 Jeep Wranglers. I led while Jeremy & Vic followed in Vic’s rig. Behind them were Brian and Rick. Our group did not encounter any snow to deal with along the way, but a huge bonus was that we experienced absolutely no dust.

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Snow in Carpenter Canyon

Denis & Sandi Inman

My friend Jeremy said he was going up towards Carpenter Canyon to see how far he could get in the snow and I asked if I could tag along. We had a little difficulty negotiating the track up to where we recently had the Spring Fling, but we were able to make it to the lower parking lot just shy of the very end of the trail.

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Mesquite Grand Canyon Parashant

Denis & Sandi Inman

Due to the length of the trip planned for Tuesday, our group of explorers left on our journey at 7:00 AM. We were down to only 6 Jeeps carrying me, Sherrie, Brian, Mike & Patti, Sel & Pam and Rick & Mary. After crossing the Virgin River, we headed Southeast on Lime Kiln Canyon Road, traversed the Virgin Mountains and entered Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

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