Big Wheels/Easy Riders

The Big Wheels and Easy Riders, off-highway groups, offer opportunities to explore and enjoy the back country of national forests and statewide terrain in Jeeps, and other suitable vehicles. All  vehicles are required to have 4 wheel drive, high clearance and a CB radio.

The groups plan several trips a month year-round for 4-wheel-drive vehicles. There are also several overnight trips each year. 

Trips leave from the Sun City West Library parking lot and drivers/passengers meet 20 minutes before departure time to sign in. Trips are rated 1-10 (easy to difficult). Bring your own lunch, water, and a folding chair. Passengers are welcome on a space-available basis. Show up at the departure area for a space-available ride.  Passengers are encouraged to pay for refueling the driver’s vehicle.

For more information or to be included in the Big Wheels/Easy Riders email list, contact Kent Chamberlain, Bill Billinghurst, or Bill Elledge at one of the  Sportsman’s Club’s monthly meetings or contact Bill Elledge by email at deputybillw@aol.com.

If you are interested in seeing the back country but are not inclined toward rock climbing and the rough trails, the Easy Riders are for you.  Contact Bill Billinghurst for more information.  2015WranglerR@gmail.com

Easy Rider Vehicle Requirements  Even though most trails are rated easy, the conditions change frequently due to rains during the monsoon season.  Therefore, a passenger car is often not adequate.  A 4 wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is required and it must have a working CB radio for safety.  A front and rear attachment point is recommended in the event a vehicle has to be towed.  Please carry a first aid kit, tow strap, shovel, and fire extinguisher.

See schedule below for upcoming runs:

OCTOBER – APRIL EVENTS

2019

Oct 22 BW Hieroglyphic Mtn Loop – Rating 7/8 – Lv 8:00 am – Leader John Rice – Est miles 80

Oct 28,29,30  ER – Sabino Canyon, Bull Springs Trail, Patagonia Trail. Leaders Conrad Graff and BILL Billinghurst.  Complete itinerary forwarded to all earlier.  Est Milles 500

Nov 5 BW Smiley Rock  – Rating 6 – Lv 8:00 am – Leader Stu Turner – Est miles 230 (23 off road)

Nov 6 Sportsman’s Fall Social – Palm Ridge Summit Hall – 4:00 pm

Nov 14 15 ER – Karchner Caverns Plus – Leader Dan O’Connell – Details being worked on. 

Nov 19 ER – Schnebly Hill (Rating 3.5)/Broken Arrow (Rating 7+) – Leader Dave Hennessy

Nov 21 Desoto Mine BW – Rating 7+ – Lv 7:00 am – Leader John Rice – Est miles 225

Dec 3 BW Tanks Pass – Rating 7+ – Leader John Rice

Dec 17 BW Ruby Wash – Rating 7+ – Lv 8:00 am – Leader Stu Turner – Est miles 80

NO EASY RIDER RUNS IN DECEMBER

2020

Jan 7, 8 ER – Ajo Scenic Loop/Organ Pipe Natl Monument (graded gravel roads) – Leaders Bill Billinghurst and Conrad Graff.  Details being worked on.  Est miles 250-300

Jan 14 BW Turkey Creek  – Rating 7/8 – Lv 8:00 am – Leader Kent Chamberlin – Est miles110

Jan 21 BW Crapshoot – Rating 7/8 – Lv 8:00 am – Leader John Rice – Est miles 80

Feb 11 BW Table  Mesa  – Rating 5+ – Lv 8:00 am – Leader Jeff  Smith – Est miles 100 (We cross State Land and a “State Land Recreational Use Permit”  is needed)

Feb 25 BW Vulture Mine – Rating 5+ – Lv 9:00 am – Leader Jeff Smith – Est miles 80

TBD ER – Big Spring Wash – Leader Conrad Graff – To Be Scouted for Rating, etc

March ER – Walnut Canyon/Chocolate Falls (Grand Falls of the Little Colorado) – (graded  gravel road/highway) – Leader Bill Billinghurst – Two-day trip – To be determined due to Snow Melt. Est miles 300

March 3 BW Bradshaw’s Grave – Rating 5+ – Lv 8:00 am – Leader Kent Chamberlin – Est miles 100

March 24 BW Crown King (Backway) – Rating 7+ – Lv 8:00 am – Leader Kent Chamberlin – Est miles 140

April 14 BW Butcher Jones – Rated 7+ – Lv 8:00 am – Leader Stu Turner – Est miles 160

April 28 BW China Dam – Rated 5 – Lv 8:00 am – Leader Stu Turner – Est miles 80

Apr 21 22 ? ER – Havasu Plus – Leader Billinghurst – Details being worked on.  May be 3-day  trip

Big Wheels

Big Wheels

Big Wheels crossing creek/playing in the water.

Easy Riders, July 2018, Williams, AZ

Easy Riders, July 2018, Williams, AZ

Easy Riders, July 2018, Williams, AZ

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