Homestead Road Repairs & Closure THIS WEEKEND

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Ty Tyler · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 0

Heads up AZ climbers!!

The Access Fund is working with a contractor to make repairs to the first 1/2 mile of the access road into the Homestead. THIS WEEKEND. Work will be focused on repairing the very worse sections of the road down low.

The access road will be CLOSED TO VEHICLES this coming THURSDAY, MARCH 3 through SATURDAY, MARCH 5. Reopening on Sunday.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but these repairs are crucial to make the Homestead accessible to more climbers. Please help the Access Fund spread the word & let Homestead climbers know!

Hendrixson · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Sep 2007 · Points: 3,205
Ty Tyler · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 0

Just want to bump this up in the feed.

Help us spread the word!!
Psyched to see this happen

Sam Thomps · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 30

Any chance that somebody part of the team out there can give an update on the road accessibility once work is done? I.E. if they think a 2 wheel drive vehicle can get up that first hill after the work?

manuel rangel · · Tempe, Arizona · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 3,683

It was originally a 2wd road that became the monster we now tread. The road was not designed for such heavy traffic.

I'm hopeful it can be restored to a normal 4x4 road.

Ty Tyler · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 0

Keep in mind, we're headed out there TOMORROW!!!

Please help us spread the word that the road into the Homestead will be closed to vehicles tomorrow (Thursday) through Sunday morning. Climbers will still be able to walk in if they'd like.

We're going to do the best we can with the improvements, possibly "Subaru status" but standard 2 wheel drive is not likely on that steep & loose section.

Will update here once the work is complete!

Owen Summerscales · · Los Alamos, NM · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 1,048

Ty, thanks so much to you and the rest of the Access Fund for getting this rolling. Much appreciated, personally glad to see my memebership $ going towards something truly valuable to the Southwest climbing community. Cheers!

1Eric Rhicard · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 7,790
Hendrixson wrote: Thanks for the work Access Fund! This served as a good reminder to renew my membership. I encourage others to follow suit by becoming members or donating specifically to the Homestead campaign.
Thanks for the reminder John. I re-upped mine this year too!
1Eric Rhicard · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 7,790

Just for the record, the AF needs more than a 35$ membership to do all the work they get done. Send more, I did! Thanks in advance!

Ty Tyler · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 0

Road repair update:

The machine wrapped up 2 days of repairs. Jason (pro-bono contractor) crushed it and made a HUGE improvement to the very worst section. Pretty much night & day

Filled in the deep ruts and gullies, reshaped sections and created a flat road bed. Work stretched for about 400ft and had to be stopped right as the road turns back left due to steepness & time. Additionally, two of us headed out today & dig out a few drainages.

Conditions are drastically improved, but all-wheel drive, 4x4 and good clearance are still recommended. PLEASE help us keep the road in the best condition possible by driving in a LOWER gear, avoid spinning your tires and maintain a reasonable speed. 2-wheel drive is NOT advisable and will only shorten the life of repairs.

Its taken years to get the road where it is today, so lets work hard at keeping it that way! Our pro-bono contractor donated his professional time & passed on some paid work to help us out. Lets make his efforts worth it.

Hendrixson · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Sep 2007 · Points: 3,205

Here is a photo posted by the Access Fund Conservation Team. Amazing work!

Homestead Road after Access Fund Conservation Team repairs on 2016-03-06.

Red · · Tacoma, Toyota · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 1,358

4x4 vs 2-wheel drive doesn't matter. What matters is HOW people drive their vehicle through this section. I was there a couple weeks ago and drove my 2-wheel drive Tacoma up as slowly and controlled as possible. I didn't get stuck or loose traction and made it right up with no issues. That same day a lifted decked out new 4x4 jeep drove up "fast to not loose traction". Driving quickly will make you loose traction and tear the road up more. Drive slow and don't spin your tires out. Also, have decent tread on your tires, don't drive up with crap tires.

The main reason the road got to the condition it did was because storm waters were flowing down the road making it a wash instead of crossing the road. If we want this fix to last, then we need to control where the water flows after big storms.

Thank you Access Fund for getting this repair to the road done! I hope we can take the steps necessary to preserve it before the next big storms come.

manuel rangel · · Tempe, Arizona · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 3,683

Good points Red. Your 2WD is also equipped with locking rear differential. Include an excellent driver and you will be helping instead of harming the road.

If I know climbers, that won't work. Too many rebels.

Red · · Tacoma, Toyota · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 1,358

True, unfortunately. I just saw on Facebook that someone tried to get a Honda up and got stuck. Geez.

Just because the worst section has been fixed doesn't mean that just any vehicle can drive up there. You will still need high clearance, good tires, and good driving. Drive low and slow.

David Stephens · · Spokane WA. · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 940
manuel rangel · · Tempe, Arizona · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 3,683

Did you pull them out then scold them Dave?

David Stephens · · Spokane WA. · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 940

I was hiking in to check it out the work. I was told the road was closed till Sunday. They were all ready stuck at the crux from the night before. I told them hiking in not to leave the car blocking the road and hiking out after they left it blocking the road . I would have helped but they never asked. Said, there friends did the work on the I thought that made it OK.

manuel rangel · · Tempe, Arizona · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 3,683

More proof that people will be hell bent on beating auto and road to their will. Hopefully they dropped some coin to the AF for the work done on their behalf. Because this will happen again. Maybe we should limit access to AF members only?

BenClimbing · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 140

Did they put up a sign at the beginning of the road to advise people that may not know better how to drive the road and why it is important? If not, this seems like a cheap and worthwhile thing to do. It may not dissuade some people the first time they see it but they may not return without proper transport.

SCherry · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 538

so would locals say the road is "Subaru status" if you know how to drive? Or do you still need more clearance than that?

Tamara Hastie · · Flagstaff, Arizona · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 80

The road looks great!!! It doesn't even look the same :)
Best I've seen in 10 years! I'm with Red, the water/ drainage redirection is an issue as it always is in these desert mountains.
Thank you Access Fund and all the other non-Access Fund volunteers over the decade + for keeping this crag accessible.
We are so stoked!!!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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