14 riders gathered at the site of our 2016 Fish Canyon Tierra Bella for a ride in a familiar but beautiful area.  The road in was worse shape than usual from the recent weather after turning off of Gardner Canyon Road, but not too bad.  It was a bit blustery and cool with a cloudy overcast, but not enough to deter us from having a nice ride.  What was a surprise was the amount of downfall from what was likely the heavy wet snow around the recent holidays.  Particularly in Boston Gulch there were many down trees and broken branches across the trail.  Fortunately we had some hardy lumberjacks in the persons of Don Finlayson and his steed General, Bill Braskamp, and Dave Cummings, in the lead clearing the trail with muscle and portable saws.  Don's horse General was particularly impressive and steady as Don hauled several large branches and even some smaller trees off the trail from the saddle; all in a day's work for General and no big deal!  After about a three hour ride Don and Colleen grilled up a nice lunch of hot dogs, chips and cookies as we sat and enjoyed the food and chatting with good horse friends.  A good way to spend a weekday on the trail!  Thanks Don and Colleen for a nice ride!  

Ride report and pictures by Dan Simmons


Ride Reports

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Sunday, March 3

​This is a ride that lives up to its billing as a level 5 ride.  It is technically challenging and tests both rider and horse (or mule; :-), and their skills and trust in each other.  But like many things that test us, meeting those challenges can have its rewards.  In this case, the rewards were spectacular scenery, what turned out to be a beautiful day, the comradery of fellow equine lovers; and of course enjoying the day and meeting the test with our equine partners.

One of the first surprises was, despite the recent cold and wet weather, the day turned out to be quite nice and many of us soon shed our jackets.  We also had some concerns the about the warm weather potentially making the several water crossings in creeks a potential issue from the run off of the melting snow on the mountain making them too high to cross.  There were a lot of places where water was oozing out of the ground and running down the hill sides, but the creeks were at very manageable levels.  All in all, despite the difficulty of the trail, we really had no incidents and everyone got safely down the mountain.  We had a nice break for lunch by a concrete water tank just before we left the Arizona Trail that we had been on since leaving Prison Camp, and switching after to the Milagrossa Canyon Trail.  Steve, our fearless leader reported the elevation at Prison Camp was 4,845' and the elevation at Carolyn and his house where we ended up was 2,740'; a vertical drop of 2,105'. There were a couple of climbs in there as well. The ride was 12.25 miles long; we were moving for 4 hours and 26 minutes; our moving average speed was 2.8 mph; and we were stopped 1 hour and 13 minutes. We had 11 riders; one was a new member who signed up at the trail head; and two were winter visitors. Our thanks to Becky Tucker who assisted in transporting drivers back to their trailers at the Prison Camp trail head from the Pferdeort's home at the bottom of the mountain, and to Steve and Carolyn for leading this gorgeous ride!                          ~ Ride report by Dan Simmons

​​The ability to share our wonderful rides here on the web site and in the newsletter with those who weren't able to attend a ride, or those who are considering going on our rides and want to see what they've been missing, is totally dependent on those who have gone on them submitting pictures they have taken, volunteering to do the write-ups on them, and send to both the club Newsletter EditorAND to the Webmaster of the website via email.  Pictures must be in jpeg format and attached (not embedded in the text body) of the email!  Ride reports are typically posted in the next newsletter they are received before the deadline.  Please help us continue to support this tradition of sharing the fun and scenery we have on our rides by submitting your pictures and write ups to both​ the newsletter editor Linda Dahl at tscnews@hotmail.com and the Webmaster Dan Simmons at sgtsimmons1@dakotacom.net . Thank you.)​