In The Desert
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Wah Wah Mts., Part 3
Jocky Road, Utah
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We'll start our trip in the desert on Jocky Road going North up Blawn Wash. A few miles up the wash you'll see the old Mc Knights Well and windmill, pictured here. This is a nice graded, fairly level road in the southern end of the Wah Wah Mountains.
We've always wanted to see the Blawn Wash in its entirety. This was a side trip on the way to the Lamerdorf Kilns and to the mines in the Pine Grove Valley, which is further north in the upper end of the Wah Wah Mountains. See the Part 2 video below!
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Video, Slideshow, Update, Part 2, Below
Some explanation is required here. The kilns we visited before, but Dan & Lynn had never seen them and we wanted to see if anything had changed. They are still intact (see the video) but the road coming down off of the mountain on the Eastern side has been cleared of trees so it looks completely different. From there we headed North to try to find the road back up the Wah Wah Mts and over the top to the Western side and Pine Valley.
We did find a way through an old ranch, (Baudino Ranch), and down a wash, thanks to Dan & Lynn, onto what looked like a main road. After a couple miles this nicely graded road changed completely. It got narrow, steep, sloped and with quite a few obstacles and sharp hairpin turns. Did I mention "narrow". Dan talked me into continuing up this old, not often used trail to the summit. Then after a steep drop it led us into the Pine Grove Valley and the mines. Definitely worth a heart attack. From turning onto the main road till the summit you only go 5 miles. From 5,984 ft. Elev. to 8,050 ft. - A 2,066 ft. gain in elev. This 5 miles took us 45 minutes at an average of 7 MPH. What does that tell you?
There are 4 mines in the Pine Grove Valley, one un-named mine and the Lou Mine, the Tasso Mine, and Revenue Mine. There are probably more. They were mostly mining silver, zinc, and lead, with gold and copper as small by-products. Even if the mines were not in this location the valley is worth seeing. Looking East into the mountains in this area from the Pine Valley you'd never know there were giant Ponderosa Pine trees here. Watch the video!
Off-road Trip, Topography Map
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In part 2 above we took this trip to show Perry Marchant (our friend from Yuma, AZ. what this area looked like, and also so Doug and Kathy could enjoy this trip. We also spent more time at the Tasso Mine. Have fun.
Part 2 of daytrips to this area
A later trip into this area to guide friends Perry Marchant, Doug & Kathy from Yuma, Arizona and Perry's relative Glade (from Utah). Of course Dan and his son Keith went along. More photos and videos added. Close-ups of the Tasso Mine included.