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Mojave Road (East to West)
« on: July 30, 2021, 08:44:39 AM »
Location: Mojave Road (all 150 miles)
Meeting Place: Colorado River & Mojave Road Trail Head (35° 2'43.29"N, 114°37'37.99"W)
Leader: Dave D (Black 07 JK Rubicon)
Date: Friday, October 8th to Sunday, October 10th, 2021
Meeting Time: 8:00 AM
Departure Time: After Airing Down and Drivers Meeting
Difficulty Rating: Moderate (Due to Multiday Trip)
Run Type: Multiday (2 nights on the trail)
Communications: GMRS Channel 16 primary
Standard Equipment: Typical off-road gear (must have, spare tire, fire extinguisher, jack, recovery gear, radio)
Extra equipment: Camping, fuel, food for 3 days

This is a family friendly multiday overland & camping trip. If you don’t know anything about the Mojave Road, I highly recommend if you have any interest to check it out on line.
https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1043-mojave-road

Temperature in the desert should be nice this time of year, warm days and cool nights. Typically, no rain in October.

Plan:
My wife and I will be staying in the Avi Casino on Thursday night. Others may camp locally.

Friday Plan (Day 1- Red): Roughly 55 miles. Sites would include: Balancing Rock, Fort Piute, School Bus, Penny Tree, Joshua Tree Forest and Pleasant View School. Plan to camp for the night at Rock Springs.

Saturday Plan (Day 2- Blue): Roughly 50 miles. Sites would include: Government Holes, Mojave Mailbox, Old Cattle Ranch & Tank 6, Lava Tube, Lava Teepee, Aikin Cinder Mine, and the Cima Volcanic Field. Plan to cam for the night either in Indian Springs Canyon (Primitive) or at Seventeen Mile Point. It is about a 30-mile round trip from the camp to Baker for fuel if necessary.

Sunday Plan (Day 3- Purple): Roughly 50 miles. Sites would include: Crossing Soda Lake (if we I have a bypass planned), Traveler’s Monument, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, Wrecked Railcars, Slot Canyon, Afton Cemetery, and of course the river crossings.

Due to the Mojave Preserve rules we need to keep this to 7 vehicle or less. I need a minimum of 3 others to commit in order for this run to happen. Mojave Preserve rules require special permits for 8 or more vehicles (25 or more people).

If we have more than 8 vehicles, then we would need to split into two groups and depart 15-30 minutes apart. We could camp in close proximity to each other but would have to maintain some distance so that we don’t get harassed by the Park Rangers who do patrol the roads.



To be transparent I have also have an open invite to my other offroad group (Combat Crawlers) and have one or two interested but not committed yet.

If interested please RSVP to:  arcticairborne82@yahoo.com
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Re: Mojave Road (East to West)
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2021, 01:22:07 PM »
This run is now full.  Look for more planning information to come out by e-mail to those who made the run list in the next week or so.
Dave
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Re: Mojave Road 8-10Oct21 Trip Report
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2021, 01:20:10 PM »
What a wonderful trip.  Group of great people and just some of the most interesting and fantastic scenery you could ask for.

Day 1-
4 Jeeps, 1 4Runner and 1 Dodge Ram Rebel.
Interesting start to the trip with a recover and one breakdown at the trail head.  No real issues, but unfortunately one vehicle drop at the start.  They made it home safe and are now in the process of trying to figure out what was wrong. 
Day one started with a light steady rain which kept the dust down but caused no issues for travel.  We traveled from trailhead to Rock Springs where we found a really nice primitive camp site out of the way from everyone else driving the road.  Day included stops at Fort Piute and crossing the Dead Mountains.  We took the formal trail over the mountain (not the current bypass).  Trail was rocky and rutted but very, very doable.  Note that the official Mojave Road trail which continues west from Fort Piute is officially closed and gated.  You can see where people have bypassed the gate but you get a couple hundred yards down the trail and it is unpassable.  We also made stops at the Penny Can, went through the trench road and Joshua Tree Forest and drove as far as Government Holes before backtracking to Rock Springs wash for a secluded primitive camp site.
Because of the cloud cover and rain, Friday night did not meet the weather predictions.  All three major weather organization blew this forecast (75H/65L) as temperatures dropped to 39 degrees on Friday night.

Day 2 –
We woke to a very cold morning with beautiful blue skies and only a couple of high wispy clouds.  Saturday saw us drive through Camp Mohave, Marl Springs, across High Point a stop at the Mojave Mailbox (and the associated other ground art).  Don’t expect to see it like in the pictures of past.  Much of the area has been cleaned up.  Frogs, Dinos, Matchbox 4x4 and gnomes are all there, just not in the quantities seen in the past.   I think the highlight of the day was a stop at the Lava Tubes and dropping down inside.  There is now a ladder/stair so much easier to get into the tube now.  The home for this night was a box canyon with a 40-foot lava way on one side and a cinder cone the other side.  Very secluded and very picturesque.  We had one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen in the desert in many years.

Day 3 –
Because of the rain we intended to bypass Soda Lake (more on that in a minute).  We made a quick jaunt up to Baker for a couple of the rigs to fuel up and then headed for the bypass trail.  Got to the trail and found it blocked by the park service.  So, we decided that we would at least check out the trail across.  The trail across was in great condition and we crossed to the Travelers Monument without issue.  We proceeded on to the first train trestle.  As we stopped to take a group picture, we were treated with a train rolling by, it was loud but enjoyable.  We proceeded on through Afton Canyon and of course made the river crossing.  Depth is roughly 12 inches now that it has the rocks on the bottom.  I would expect that in late spring it will probably be deeper, but will never get to the 3-foot levels of the past.  We exited out Afton Canyon where we aired up and called it a day.
I want to thank all those that showed up and made the run.  You guys were a great group and I would lead you any time.


Dave

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Re: Mojave Road (East to West)
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2021, 07:32:42 PM »
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