: Sutherland Trail, spur of the moment trip


Spinnas
06-09-2007, 06:20 PM
Steve got his rig back together and we hit Sutherland Trail today. Sutherland Trail is near/in Tucson. Story is that Sutherland Trail used to run from Catalina over Mt. Lemmon to Mt. Lemmon highway and was created in the 20's or something to run powerline. After years of no use years and years ago, overgrowth and erosion makes the trail not connect anymore. We made it really far though, farther than anyone has in quite a while. Anyway, here are some pics. We're definitely gonna go back when my rig is bigger cause it gets nasty once you get WAY up there. Quote from the day was "You can tell the Tacamas haven't been up here, there's no rock stacking." LOL

Drive for a bit down the trail and reached this sign, looks pretty old.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5440.jpg

A little ways up the trail

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5444.jpg

Where we are heading towards

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5453.jpg

Steve crawlin up the mountain

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5455.jpg

This is the wash crossing where most people turn around. This is just seconds away from some major gettin' some.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5466.jpg

Going up one of the ledges(there is a double ledge and the picture is angled, it's steeper than what it shows). The ledges are slickrock and loose dirt on top after crossing water. After I made it up both Steve said, "Holy Crap! I hope I don't have that hard of a time." Just for reference Steve did spin tires a little bit on this part. Me, I was full throttle assault twice on the lower ledge and 3 or 4 times on the upper one.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5469.jpg

Steve going up the first ledge, also note the freshly churned dirt from gettin' some

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5471.jpg

Quite a ways up now, getting closer to where we turned around

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5476.jpg

Looking back down at Catalina(North Tucson)

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5482.jpg

Sign where we turned around

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5484.jpg

Looking farther up the mountain, note this rock outcrop directly in front of Steve's rig for reference in pics below

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5485.jpg

Pic from on our way back down, the rock outcropping we turned around by is towards the lower right corner of the pic, we made it really far

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5491.jpg

Coming back down

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5496.jpg

From where we took off at, if you're good, you can spot the area we turned around at

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5502.jpg

For reference in the pic above, we made it to the lower right corner of this pic

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l315/Ridinspinnas/Sutherland%20Trail/IMG_5503.jpg

toynuts
06-09-2007, 06:26 PM
looks like u guys had a blast i hope to check out that trail soon

as for now im on my way out to butcher to meet up w/ friends and probly do sicamore loop tonight:D :D :D :D :D :D

Westy
06-13-2007, 06:20 PM
Thanks for the trail report and photos. That is a great area, I havent been on that trail.

Do you believe it is possible to connect the trail from Catalina to the top of Mt. Lemmon (Highway)?

Spinnas
06-14-2007, 03:29 AM
Thanks for the trail report and photos. That is a great area, I havent been on that trail.

Do you believe it is possible to connect the trail from Catalina to the top of Mt. Lemmon (Highway)?

Well, one of these days we're gonna see where we can get to. It was hard enough just getting 1/2 mile past where they say you can't continue anymore. And from what we know, the next 1.5 miles is the same as the 1/2 mile we made it through. Steep, loose, brushy stuff. I'm gonna swap my axles on my Geap, stretch it and such, and so is another guy down here(building axles right now, once they are ready, the Geaps will get tore down). Then 3 of us are gonna hit it again with equipped rigs and see what happens. Me in my nearly stock Geap and another guy with a 1/2 tubed Geap that is built wasn't going to cut it.

RedXJ
06-14-2007, 05:15 PM
Quote from the day was "You can tell the Tacamas haven't been up here, there's no rock stacking." LOL


:clap:
ahahaha.