Sleeping Princess Trail, Kingman, AZ


 

Als wir den Rubicon Trail im Juli 2014 gefahren sind, haben Wayne und ich darüber philosophiert, ob wir nicht einmal Sleeping Princess und Moss Wash in der Nähe von Kingman fahren könnten. Wayne meinte, ich soll einfach Bescheid geben, wann wir einmal in der Nähe von Kingman seien und dann könnten wir diese Trails fahren. Ich habe den Trip auf der Webseite von Offroadpassport gepostet und Mike und sein Kumpel Mike haben sich gemeldet. Weiterhin war noch ein Freund von Wayne, Brad, mit von der Partie. Wir haben uns alle am Trailstart bei ca. 11S733744/3897595 (UTM/NAD27) getroffen. Neben Sleeping Princess haben wir noch Hell´s Half Mile und die Bob Miller Extension des Trails in Angriff genommen.

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We met off AZ68 at the staging area.
AZ68 behind us.
Drivers meeting, before we started.
Everybody was relaxed.
We followed an easy gravel road...
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...until we reached the sign, which indicated the start of the trail.
We followed the still easy trail and enjoyed the vicinity.
Nice view...
We stopped, before we dropped down into the extra credit Bob Miller extension.
Dropping down into the wash.
And driving the Bob Miller extension.
The waterfal in the Bob Miller extension. Wayne, showing us the line.
Me going up (thanks Wayne, for the picture).
Mike going up...
And Mike 2 going up :).
The ongoing trail.
We followed this narrow trail until we had been back on the main trail.
After a short distance, we stopped...
...and hiked first the next extra credit section, Hell´s Half Mile.
Some nice rocks on the way up.
Wayne started and we all followed him.
This was a lot of rock crawling with a lot of dings and dangs under the jeep.
After some time, we reached the main obstacle.
Wayne showed us, how to line up. He prefered to go up on the right side.
It took a couple of tries, but finally, Wayne made it up without any big issues.
For some reason, I was not able to choose the same line, as a big rock behind me, did not allow me to find a good starting position for my longer wheelbase rig. Finally, I skipped that line and went up on the left side of the obstacle, which worked just fine with some expert spotting from Wayne, Brad, Mike and Mike 2.
After I was up, I parked the jeep to watch the other colleageus...
Brad was the next.
He tried it first on the left side, like me, but somehow that did not work.
Finally, he made it up on the right side like Wayne. Mike and Mike 2 also went up on the right side of the obstacle.
After a nice lunch break, we continued on our way and had been back on the main trail.
We went up some nice gravel road to some kind of a pass.
After we had been up, we stopped and enjoyed the view, which was incredible from here.
Views...
...
Lake Mohave in the background.
The next section, which was in front of us, was a shale kind of road, going up that mountain. I would not like to go up there, when it is wet. That road was very step and traction could become a problem.
We went up that step road and stopped at an overlook.
Again, we had outstanding views from here.
Group shot...
View...
View...
View...
The lake, below us...
We followed an easy road...
...until we met a lesser trail, which went.to the left towards an abandoned homestead.
We parked and hiked the last portion.
We enjoyed that stop and went back to the main trail.
From there we headed out to civilization.
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Nachfolgend finden Sie einige Videos, welche an der schwierigsten Stelle von Hell´s Half Mile aufgenommen wurden:

Unter dem folgenden Link kann man sich eine gpx-Datei dieses Trails herunterladen:

Tracklog: Sleeping Princess + Hell´s Half Mile + Bob Miller Extension, Kingman, AZ (196 Downloads)

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