The plan, sometimes we do actually have a plan, was to follow Middlemarch Road, drive out to Council Rocks and then drive over the pass into the next valley.
We didn’t get to Council Rocks. The forest road didn’t look too bad but turned out to be much rougher than on our last trip, although last time we were in a much smaller SUV. So in order to save BT’s nice shiny paintwork from being scratched to smithereens we turned around and bounced our way back to Middlemarch Road where we continued our drive up and over the pass.
Partway along Middlemarch Road showing approximately where the road goes over the pass.
As it climbs to the head of the pass Middlemarch Road turns into a narrow, curvy, mountain grade road before descending into Sulphur Springs Valley.
There were some interesting rock formations along the way, although at one point we did wonder where the space ship was!
Almost at the top of the pass
Sulphur Springs Valley and the Chiricahua Mountains from the top of the pass.
We passed the dead end road leading to Soren Pass, but decided that was probably not a road for us and continued on down the mountain towards Pearce.
Not far now.
We enjoyed our drive over Middlemarch Road, but were glad we didn’t meet anyone coming the other way as there aren’t many passing places.
I don’t know if this is true or not but we were once told that Middlemarch Road was so named because it was the middle point on the march between Fort Bowie and Fort Huachuca.
Have fun, we are!