While we had been running a lot of fantastic trails (Hole-In-The-Floor, Twister, Wayne´s World, Moss Wash – The Easy Way and Pass Canyon to Oatman) in march in the Kingman area, Wayne, Ric and me discussed about a possible trail run in september. I had a day, before I had to be at the Cinders OHV in Flagstaff and so we fixed that day for a run soon. Ric asked me, which trails I would like to run and I suggested Safelite, Homecourt and Candy Ass. Finally, we agreed on Safelite. On september, 14th, we met up at the Blake Ranch Exit of I-40 to run this difficult trail. Jim, Rick and Doug also joined. We went down a nice dirt road, before we headed right towards Soap Canyon in the Hualapai Mountain area. After a couple of miles, we arrived in Soap Canyon and started to run the Safelite trail. Due to recent rains, it was partly wet and slippery along the trail. I felt quite often, like I did not have any traction at all ;). We tackled almost all obstacles along the trail, besides the huge waterfall. Jim was the only one, who gave it a try and finally made it up successfully. But there had been so many other obstacles, which challenged us. It was an absolutely great day. On the way out, we followed a shelf road, which got us back to the access road, which we used on the way in. Safelite was for me the most difficult trail, I was running in the Kingman area so far. Thanks to everybody, who joined and made this such a memorable trip.
After the pictures below, there are two videos to find. One shows Rick on the gatekeeper and one shows Jim, conquering the big waterfall.
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Here are two videos, taken during our run of Safelite:
And here one can also download a gpx file of this trip:
The following map shows the trail: