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Old 08-12-2009, 03:29 PM
 
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In NC, there's this weird phenomenon on the highways where NAILS find their way into your tires. A lot. It happened to me three times along the same stretch of highway.

This one had an old patch in it that had finally given up on life.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:13 PM
 
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We took the Xterra the whole way on the control road from Mt. Lemmon down to Oracle. It was bumpy, but I think if you are careful you could do it in a car. There weren't any huge ditches to drive through or anything. In fact, we were kind of disappointed that it wasn't more of a challenge!
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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How about an update on the Mt. Lemmon drive? I took my truck about 1/2 way and then ran out of time and had to turn around. One thing no one mentioned was the lack of cell service in these areas. If you truly want to go out and about make sure you carry a satellite phone. There's more to worry about out here than flat tires. :=)
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:28 AM
 
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I would NOT attempt this in a Honda Accord. My wife and I have done it twice in our 4WD Toyota Rav4 without any problems. It is very bumpy in spots, and if it has rained you could easily get stuck in some spots as streams cross the road.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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Yeah,,, some folks just are slow learners... Why don't you trade the husband. He wil have a home without a 4 wheel drive, and you got what you want.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:07 PM
 
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That's sweet of you, Stockholm (no, really).

Do you think AAA will bail us out?

Really, I guess the confusion on my part is the difference between 'dirt road' and 'holycrapcrazy uncivilized road'. We'll find out - maybe we'll walk the road for a while. I bet most of the accessible pre-used camping spots are close to the start of it anyways. If not, we'll make do with the Mt Bigelow area.

So many possibilities - it's all up in the air!

And, for the record, I did try to convince my husband to swap his Grand Prix for a 4x4 (I would happily give him the Accord for a daily driver), but he didn't bite. Maybe next time.


They will tow you out - if you have the money to pay for it. And you might get quoted a charge of $400- 600 or more for the tow. AAA does NOT pay for off-road adventures.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:01 PM
 
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I just did this drive yesterday from Oracle to mt lemon in a rental car... Buick. Do not do this drive in anything less than a high clearance four-wheel drive. I didn't think I was going to make it. Three hours for 26 miles. Cell coverage is bad. Bears, bees and wasps. Too much can go wrong for the rookie. Take a gun too. Most of the road in one car only. Lots of powder. When it rains it's all gumbo.
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:02 AM
 
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As of summer 2011 FR 38 (I think that's the road we are talking about, the one that runs through Peppersauce) was in great shape. I haven't gone up it more than part way since. I think as a general rule that most cars should be able to do it fine if they go slowly enough, barring severe washouts. Some parts of it do have sharp rocks, so you should pack a spare just in case.

The real monster of a road is the French Joe Canyon Road just south of Benson. I would not recommend that road to anyone who doesn't have a fully tricked-out Jeep.
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:05 AM
 
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I would NOT attempt this in a Honda Accord. My wife and I have done it twice in our 4WD Toyota Rav4 without any problems. It is very bumpy in spots, and if it has rained you could easily get stuck in some spots as streams cross the road.
A Subaru does this road easily. I suspect most cars could do it with some difficulty, but yeah, it's not smart to go after big storms. About 10 mi. south of Peppersauce there are sharp rocks.
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Old 01-09-2020, 10:51 AM
 
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If you're intent on doing a back road trip look into Reddington Pass instead. It's still dirt/gravel for much of it and goes around the back side of mount lemmon, but its much less steep and I think you'd be less likely to get stuck/bottom out than going up or down the mountain.
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