On April 23, I joined Green Valley friends to prepare for the Whiskey 50 moutain bike race. Destination: Elephant Head. We hoped to meet up another group who were pre-riding the Elephant Head Challenge mountain bike race course.
Approach to Elephant Head Trail on a sandy jeep road.
We hear, but don't see friends who biked then hiked up to "the cable." on the side of Elephant Head.
We ride along, always uphill, sometimes rocky, sometimes sandy. We meet the other group who are headed in the opposite direction. Roy from our group encourages everyone to look at the waterfall. But because this is Arizona in a dry year, there is no water. But an impressive cliff nonetheless.
The jeep road/trail continues upward through Chino Canyon with Little Elephant Head to the south.
Destination revised by Tony: "Let's check out the Quantrell Mine Road, it's relatively flat." Tony's memory is not accurate. He uttered these words from the jeep road. Here is the jeep road and trail far below the Quantrell Mine "Road" trail:
Little Elephant Head from Quantrell Mine Road
We're not even at the top of the "road" yet. It has diminished to an eight inch wide trail cut into the side of a steep hill. But there is an excellent view of the real Elephant Head from the top of the Quantrell Mine Road/Trail.
We enjoy the view out to the west, over the Green Valley community, pecan groves and copper mines.
I enjoy the descent back down the trail more than the view. It's downhill all the way to the car. On the way, we join the race course group and talk to some people on horses who lost their dog.
Roy listens to story of the lost dog.
On the way back down, the lost dog runs in front of me for awhile, then takes refuge in the shade of a palo verde tree. She seemed to know her way home.
It was a great ride, great preparation for next week's Whiskey 50. Flat Trail Tony sent this elevation graph of our ride.