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Old 08-12-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Assorted BAJA CALIFORNIA trail pix

I've spent the past 14 years exploring Baja California by 4WD - first, with a Ford Ranger (that I tried to build up like a Jeep). Second, a 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. I have photos all over the internet of places I have visited in Baja California. Here are a few all collected for this forum.

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Gonzaga Bay Campout - Papa Fernandez 4WD Campo




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Thick foilage and volcanic rock stood in our way, but before attempting the impossible, we stopped at La Turquesa Mine for some photos.



Because Aaron is the least adverse to heights, he took his trusty YJ up to the mine entrance










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Coming in from Hwy 1 to La Turquesa Mine was this faint hillside road.


Coming in from Hwy 5 north of Coco's Corner looks like this.





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The road to COCO'S CORNER







The dirt road to Laguna Chapala has not yet been paved, so our knobby tires were able to do what they were engineered to do - provide traction where there sometimes is none. We ended up at Coco's Corner and spoke with Javier - friend of Coco who discussed Coco's condition and the recent treatments Coco had received.



Javier spent some time in the United States, and he spoke like a Sailor - using foul descriptors for effect. But, in the end, he was a nice guy who was down on his luck after being deported from the US.

I checked my fluid levels, but they were holding thanks to the 'Stop Leak' I had added back in San Felipe.
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On the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4WD trail

Gasoline at Laguna Chapala




Rancho Santa Ynez


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Leidys filled up on Huevos Rancheros - her only meal until 8 p.m. that night.

Jerry decided to have a soda and relax before making the arduous trek into the Baja backcountry.
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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4wd TRAIL - 100% HARDCORE!

The route to Mision Santa Maria is 100% Hardcore. Our group only made it within 2 miles of the Mission before having to TURN BACK due to Fuel Pump issues in the Jeep Sahara.




This Jeep would eventually require time to stop and cool down due to an intermittent sputtering problem in the throttle.


Bahia San Luis Gonzaga and Punta Final are visible in the distance. Here is where the challenges begin!





As I snapped this photo, a call went out over the CB radio that something was wrong. Jerry was turning back to go for help - his Fuel Pump was malfunctioning. But, he was stuck, because Aaron had just blown a bead on his tire, and would have to change tires.

I told Leidys that we would snap some fast pictures, and leave the swamp area of the Mission trail - 1 mile from the Mission, and return to help our stranded friends.








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Jerry needed to be pulled up the series of waterfalls along the trail. Here, his Jeep is nudged into position to be towed.



Aaron drove in front.



The drive back was a frantic one with Jerry dueling with his fuel system to stay operable. This fuel pump problem had been an ongoing one for his 2000 Wrangler.

Leidys and I were able to take our time returning to the Highway. But, as nightfall came upon us, our pace picked up...


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Those are great pictures. I am just curious, do you need a passport to go there? And, do the local police hassle you? Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Those are great pictures. I am just curious, do you need a passport to go there? And, do the local police hassle you? Thanks for sharing the photos.
Either you can use a Passport book or a Passport card. The card is under $100 while the booklet is around $150 in price.

In the border towns, my 4WD Jeep groups have had run-ins - mostly due to either corrupt Police or Driving while Intoxicated resulting in accidents (our fault). While I do not allow Drinking and Driving, it happens in secret. The secret comes out whenever there is an accident, and I appear on the scene to clear problems up (as the Trail Boss).

None of my 4WD Jeep group members have ever gone to jail for their actions, and the most anybody had to pay for damage resulting from collisions (while intoxicated) was under $400.

I have not led a 4WD Jeep group in Baja since 2011, and I have been getting lots of personal requests to lead more. So, in 2013, the Jeeps will aim their Mud-Terrain tires south, and we'll give it a go. With all of the Jeeps that I have taken down to Baja, everyone has returned safe and healthy. One total collision resulted from sneaking a drink behind the wheel. I believe that driver learned his lesson, as he had to buy an all-new 4WD as a result.
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Punta San Francisquito to El Arco To Guerrero Negro







Airing up along Hwy 1 during a winter rainstorm



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Departing the Mission Impossible Trail back to Cataviña




The Swamp crossing was so deep that I came within inches of flooding the intake/engine and the clutch didn't work under water.


Ronnie coming out of the swamp









Back at Hwy 1/Rancho Santa Ynez!
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Looks like a great time beautiful whether
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Looks like a great time beautiful whether
You really don't want to be there between June-September - unless, you are in the northernmost section of Baja California along the Pacific. After October, it's all wide-open Jeep trails with lots of great Mexican restaurants, inexpensive Gasoline, cheap Motels, and nice people.
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Do you know of any good off road guides for the Baja area? I use backcountry adventures in SoCal but I don't think there's a version covering Baja.
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Do you know of any good off road guides for the Baja area? I use backcountry adventures in SoCal but I don't think there's a version covering Baja.
Wide Open Baja is probably the most recognized guide in Baja. You have to rent their vehicles, though.

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Tierra del Sol 4WD Club of San Diego is another organized outfit that travels to Baja. While I don't see any 4WD events taking place in Baja at the moment, it is possible that they will travel in the future.

Events & Runs Calendar

There is a Baja California Presidents Day 2013 Trail Ride up Matomi Canyon (south of San Felipe) with Baja Nomad in February 2013 (date TBA). This is a free trail ride with scores of 4x4s of all makes and possibly a Baja Bug or two. I plan on attending this trail run early next year.

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if you go again invite me , im from mexicali so we can met some place near i bring the beers
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Wide Open Baja is probably the most recognized guide in Baja. You have to rent their vehicles, though.

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Tierra del Sol 4WD Club of San Diego is another organized outfit that travels to Baja. While I don't see any 4WD events taking place in Baja at the moment, it is possible that they will travel in the future.

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Sorry I mean guide books. Or perhaps just trail maps, although a description of the trails would be helpful.
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Sorry I mean guide books. Or perhaps just trail maps, although a description of the trails would be helpful.
Start with The Baja Adventure Book by Walt Peterson. It covers the entire peninsula and all of the great outdoors activities you can enjoy. I consider this to be the most comprehensive Baja book.

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