By Denis & Sandi Inman
My friends Mike & Patti texted me (yes, I can text) that they were interested in going on a trail ride. I hadn’t been on a run for over a week, so I was up for one too. We met at the Maverick at 0600 and proceeded up the Wheeler Wash to near the junction of the gravel pit road and Wheeler Pass Road. After just barely climbing out of the wash, we dropped back in to take Wheeler-Wallace Connector Road up towards Wallace Canyon.
When we reached Wallace Canyon Road, we turned back in the direction of Wheeler Wash to get to Clark Canyon Road. We followed that until we came to Avens Road and turned left. Turning right at Buck Spring Road got us headed towards the Plateau at over 8000′. Once we had finished taking in the view, we reversed course and headed back down the hill. We passed Avens Road and continued to Wheeler Pass Road to Willow Peak Road which we followed up to the 7700′ pass.
While we were at Wheeler Pass, we watched the USAF Thunderbirds practicing their aerobatic maneuvers over Creech AFB. When we had finished our break, our little duo of Jeeps reversed course and descended to Wheeler Pass Road that took us to Wheeler Well. There were no horses, burros or elk (that we could see) at the trough, but the pipeline from the spring was keeping the water tank full.
It was beginning to get warm in Pahrump Valley so we returned home, arriving at about 11:00 AM. It was a nice morning drive through the Spring Mountains.