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Mail Summit Road -- Southbound
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Mail Summit Road
Mail Summit Road
Cherry Creek Road at Mail Summit Road (view S)

Overview

Mail Summit Road is a maintained dirt road that normally is suitable for 2WD vehicles, but is a bit rougher than other roads for getting over the Seaman Range Mountains.

Mail Summit Road (southbound) starts at a T-intersection with Cherry Creek Road. From there, it runs south all the way across Garden Valley, up over hills and down across Wild Horse Valley, through Murphy Gap in the Golden Gate Range, out across Coal Valley, up into the Seaman Range and over Mail Summit Pass, and finally down a canyon to Highway 318 just north of Hiko.

Presented here are photos of the road heading southbound. For the other direction, including detailed directions, maps, and GPS waypoints, see Mail Summit Road - Northbound.

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Approaching curve ahead (view S)
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Dropping to cross Cherry Creek Wash (view NW)
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Beyond Cherry Creek Wash (view NW)
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Climbing out of Cherry Creek Wash (view W)
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Curving out of Cherry Creek Wash onto desert flats (view SW)
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Backroad to Cherry Creek town (view SW)
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Sign at road intersection (view S)
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Sign at road intersection (view S)
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Approaching cattle guard (view S)
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Approaching shortcut to Pine Creek Road (view S)
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Mail Summit Rd at Garden Valley Rd (triangle intersection south)
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Cattle guard separating Garden Valley Rd and Pine Creek Rd (view S)
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Grand, open spaces; Worthington Range ahead (view S)
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Straight road approaching surprise curve left (view S)
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Road to Pine Creek merging from the right (view S)
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Approaching first intersection to Rachael and Highway 375 (view S)
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Approaching second intersection to Highway 375 (view SE)
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Cattle guard (view SE)
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Approaching Garden Valley Gravel Pit campsite (view SE)
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Grand scenery from the campsite (view NE)
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Intersection with Freiburg Mine Road (view SE)
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Grand scenery off across Garden Valley (view E)
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Wide open road (view SE)
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Cattle guard at fenceline (view SE)
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Fenceline east of cattle guard (view SE)
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Wide open road (view SE)
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Lots of yellow flowers after summer rains
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Intersection with Garden Valley West Road (view SE)
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Approaching Garden Valley Crags (view SE)
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Wide open road (view SE)
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Backside of the Garden Valley sign (view SE)
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Wide open road (view SE)
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There's a patchnose snake atop that mound!
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Wide open road (view SE)
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Fly boys going over in their Pavehawks (view S)
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Wide open road dropping into Wild Horse Valley (view SE)
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Mail Summit Road southbound in Wild Horse Valley (view SE)
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This curve gets washboarded (view SE)
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Watch for sheep in the road (view SE)
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Approaching Murphy Gap (view E)
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Mail Summit Road at Wild Horse Valley Road (view E)
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Entering Murphy Gap (view E)
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The wash often puts flood debris on the road here (view E)
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Beginning to exit Murphy Gap (view E)
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Approaching Murphy Gap well (view E)
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Murphy Gap well (view E)
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The wash often puts flood debris on the road here too (view E)
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Mail Summit Road at Coal Valley West Road (view SE)
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Side road merges from the left (view SE)
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Historic corral on the right (view SE)
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Crossing Coal Valley (view SE)
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Mail Summit Road at road to Sliver Canyon area (view SE)
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Grand view across Coal Valley (view N)
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Sheep herder's trailer in southern Coal Valley (view E)
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Grand view across Coal Valley (view N)
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Grand view across Coal Valley (view N)
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Mail Summit Road entering curve, road forks left (view SE)
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Mail Summit Road exiting curve, road merges from the left (view SE)
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Beginning to climb out of Coal Valley (view S)
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Backside of Coal Valley sign, on the left (view S)
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Entering higher-elevation Pinyon-Juniper Woodland zone (view S)
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Side road left to SE Coal Valley and Seaman Wash Road (view S)
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Side road to the right to Silver Canyon area (view S)
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Side road left into the Seaman Range (view S)
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Mail Summit (view SE)
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Descending over Mail Summit (view SE)
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Mail Summit Road at one-way split (view S)
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Good, one-way road downhill (view S)
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Not-so-good, one-way road downhill (view S; this gets rocky)
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Good, one-way road downhill (view S)
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Good, one-way road downhill (view S)
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End of one-way section (view SE)
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Two-way, but still narrow roadway (view SE)
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Dropping out of the mountains (view SE)
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Dropping into the Pahranagat Valley (view SE)
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Old Mail Summit Road (view SE; beware - maps still show this road)
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Mail Summit Road at cattle guard in Highway 318 fence (view SE)
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Mail Summit Road at Highway 318 (view SE)

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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