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So Cal: SCCX Feb - 2/24-25 Johnson Valley, Rattlesnake Cyn

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For all you So Cal folks (and anyone else who wants to show up) here is the info on our upcoming SCCX run for February 24-25. It was great to see many new folks from this forum at our Santiago Peak run this past Sunday, looking forward to seeing all of you and more at the upcoming run.

As we are still working on getting our club website back up, I'll reprint Xtoolbox's post from the SCCX forum on XOC below, but first here is a photo from last year.

Edit 2/20/07: SCCX website is back up:

Cross-post from SCCX forum follows:
Originally posted by Xtoolbox:
[QB]For February thought we try something different, new with a two day run pushed back a week for the Calico Cleanup on 2/17.

For Saturday 2/24; explore the Johnson Valley OHV area and see what we can find, lots of open areas, dry lakes, rocks and what not so where going to cover some ground and play around on the stuff that looks fun.

Sunday 2/25 will feature the traditional planned trail run through rattlesnake canyon climbing all the way up to big Bear from the high desert floor.

2/24 9:30 - Chevron:
12659 Foothill Blvd Etiwanda, CA 91739, US
Exit the I15-E at Foothill Blvd and turn right.
We could also meet at the staging area @ Couger Buttes at 10:30 for those that live out that way.

2/25 at 9am - Means Dry Lake Staging Area in Johnson Valley
From the 247 E left at Boone Rd for ~ mile, left at Ghost Rd ~ 3 miles.
Google Maps:
At 9:30am RattleSnake Canyon Trail Head:
.7 miles east of mile marker 27 off SR 247

2/24- Johnson Valley OHV area
Start at the east end off SR 247 via Camp Rock road, check out Couger Buttes, bomb to the Anderson Dry Lake, Powerline Rd, Bessemer Mine Rd, Rock Pile, Soggy Dry Lake, etc toward Means Dry Lake.

Primitive Group Camping Saturday night at someplace that looks good :D

2/25 - Rattlesnake Canyon [Moderate: ~ 25miles & 4 hours]
Starts off in the high desert washes, passes through a fun rocky, canyon, by some yucca & Joshua trees with a mine site and optional short dry waterfall climb along the way. At the burns canyon intersection we’re going to take 2n02 up to Big Bear. If there is water in the canyon the trail can get more difficult but still passable for stock 4x4’s, while dry its easy to moderate.

This run will be diverse and offer something for everyone from easy wash running, desert fast tracks, traditional trail rides, optional rock piles, with views, mine site, landmarks, and flora to see along the way. Stock friendly, one or both days. please post up if you're interested, have some other stuff in mind, etc.

Reference / GPS:
Guide to Socal Backroads and 4-wheel Drive Trails: Charles A. Wells
RattleSnake Canyon #43

Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area info from BLM

Johnson Valley Landmarks:

FRS Channel 2, Subcode 24
CB Channel 12

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Erick said:
Funny Syndicate would mention this, but my friend who was planning on riding along in my X for this trip was just talking to me and he needs to be back by 5:00pm in San Diego. Are there points of the trail, or a location that we can safely split off from the group to head home a little earlier?

According to the Wells guidebook (Guide to So Cal Backroads & 4WD Trails) the route up Rattlesnake Canyon and out Burns Canyon to Yucca Valley is just over 32 miles. They say to allow 4 hours. Last year we stopped for lunch at a great mine site, and with 16 trucks it took us most of the day to get up to Big Bear (we did not Burns Canyon last year). We may be starting earlier this year, but hard to say what the trail conditions will be like.

I looked at the book and don't see any alternate short routes out of there. If we have as big of a group as last year I don't see us making the kind of time you would need to be back in San Diego by 5:00PM. Depending on the route you take your still looking at 2.5 - 3 hours once you hit pavement, whether its Big Bear or Yucca Valley. I guess you could always skip the lunch stop and just power over the trail, but that does not sound like much fun to me.

Might want to check out the trip description in Wells' book, its number 43 and part of 42

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the info Frank. Turns out it's slightly irrelevant. I have been fighting a nasty cold all week at work hoping that it would get better, and I am simply in no condition to be off-roading and camping. Really bummed about missing this trip, as I had been looking forward to going on it for a while.

Regardless, next time I see you guys I will have my lights, Rock Sliders, Front Bumper, air compressor, and depending on REI my roof basket all setup on the car. Have a blast guys!
Well, as life has it's ways, I'll be at the Saturday event, Sunday got messed up !

But, I have an option and can meet a few of Us !
I'll be at the Chevron Station, Looking for Xs .

Jim B
For All that were at Johnson's Valley;

While I picked up a couple of names I would mess up trying to remember
everyone, so Thanks again !

For those that say, " Who ? " I have the 05 with the grey bumpers and the Black rims; Jim Beck.
If anyone has a pic of me being strapped over the rock, I'd love to see it ?

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ive got what your looking for! ill try to send it to you. im also going to open up a photobucket account and post up my pics from the weekend. Oh and im xterra3100 (Erwin) and i had the lone Granite X out there.
Dang...looks like you guys had a blast, I was really bummed I missed out on this run. I had all weekend to sit in bed sick thinking about how fun it would have been too.
Gosh, it sure would be nice to see these pix on the homesite for the club..........
From what many were saying, we should have some really good pics between Saturday and Sunday
( SUNDAY, That I missed, Damn it ! )

There should also be some posting from the SCCX guys, GREAT GROUP !

Yep, if you didn't make it, You Really should plan on the next One !

Jim B
This was a great trip, thanks to all who showed up.

I've started a picture thread in the Great Trails section.
Man, I had a really great time. I wish we'd have headed up to Big Bear but it was still fun stormin' through Pioneer Town. The film crew was like "WTF?"

JimB, damn fine X man. I love those wheels. I have to commend you on having the balls to try that first major obstacle of the day too.

xterra3100 (Erwin), great to meet you bro. Hopefully you'll make the next event too. I hear we're doing Anza Borrego next month.

And Eric, you're a pu$$y. No, just jokin! I really hope you can make the next trip. I told Julie not to bother coming after you said Ruth couldn't make it. We had a good 'ol boys night by the fire and ya missed out man. Next time bro.
Dang man, I am really bummed that I missed out. Couldn't do much about it though, I was sick as a dog. Glad you had a blast though...
I have posted all of my shots from Saturday on Photobucket; prod39
There are 46 pics in all.
I'm looking forward to other pics ( my X stuck , on 1st rocks. )
Thanks for the commendation and kudos for the X,,,it's fun !
I will definitely be out there again.

Jim B
Here are some of the pics i took. You will get it next time Jim!!

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Those rocks haven't seen the last of Me !

Jim B
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