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(Not Really) Joshua Tree II

The January Xcursion should have something for everyone. We'll start off going through Thermal and Pinkham Canyons and the Cottonwood Mountains, then head east on Black Eagle Mine Road until we find a nice camp spot in the BLM land east of Joshua Tree National Park.

I'm told Pinkham and Thermal Canyons are fairly stock friendly, mostly sandy washes and maybe some small rocky areas. Xtoolbox, or someone else who did that section last year, will fill in more detail on that. Black Eagle Mine Road also looks to be stock friendly, but none of us have been there. As always, though, remember that trails change.

The plan is to make camp early on Saturday somewhere east of the Park boundary and have a big bbq food-fest. Sort of a late X-mas Party. Black Eagle Mine Road is not a through road, we'll come back out the same way, distance one way looks to be about 9-10 miles to pavement. That should make it easy for the day-trippers to head out on Saturday.

For Sunday there are several options, depending on what people feel like doing. For those who want something more challenging than Saturday's canyons, you could head north on Old Dale Road up to the Mining District where we were last year. Maybe someone can top Mitch's record for slashed tires. We could also go up to Geology Tour Road, then out through Berdoo Canyon. We'll see what people feel like on Sunday.


Meet Spot: Love's Truck Stop on the north side of I-10 at the Dillon Road exit, Indio, CA
Date: Saturday, January 26th
Time: 10:00 AM

Comm: FRS Channel 1, sub code 24
CB Radio channel 24

If you are interested please post up on www.sccxterra.com to let us know.
Also, it's not that far from Phoenix, if some of the AZ folks are looking for a change.
 

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UPDATES From posts on the run thread at SCCX:

Through the magic of my Garmin software (and if I have the route Brian was describing through Thermal & Pinkham Canyons correct), the total distance from the meet spot to the end of Black Eagle Mine Road is 52 miles (about 9 of which is paved). From the end of Black Eagle back to pavement (where BEM intersects Old Dale & Pinto Basin) is about 14 miles. From there you could be on pavement all the way home.

Brian thought that Pinkham and Thermal would be OK for stock rigs, Black Eagle appears to be from the descriptions I have read.

Top off your gas tank at the meet spot.

Disclaimer: None of us have driven Black Eagle Mine Road (that I am aware of), so I'm just going by a guidebook, and we all know about Brian's ideas of "stock friendly".

Hope to see you there.

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Here is another idea for Sunday:

Keys Ranch Tour: The ranch is only accessible on a ranger-guided 90-minute walking tour. These tours run on Sat and Sun at 10:00AM and 1:00PM, cost is $5.00 per person. The website below gives a pretty good description. Also, Jake posted some photos from the ranch here on SCCX back in November.

http://www.nps.gov/archive/jotr/activities/dqrtour/dqrtour.html

Reservations are suggested for the Keys Ranch tour, credit cards are accepted. I may wait until late Febuary to combine this with a trip to the Integraton, but it is an idea for anyone looking to see something kind of historical. It's up at the north end of the park, and it's hard to say how long it will take to get from the campsite back to pavement, so you'll probably want the 1:00PM tour.

Also, everyone should note that the entrance fee for JTNP is $15.00 per car. I don't know if we'll bypass the Visitor Center at Cottonwood on our way in, so it might be a good idea to be prepared for that.
 
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