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Old 10-09-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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Bradshaw Trail

Looking to explore the Bradshaw trail east of Palm Springs, Anybody intersted in either a day run or weekend run? Open to suggestions. Thinking of either November or December.

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Old 10-10-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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I'm out here in palm springs, I'd go. Let me know why when might work for you.

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Old 10-10-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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ok awesome i'll get a few more jeeps together and setup a run
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:46 PM   #4
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This is an awesome awesome awesome trip. My wife and I ran this earlier this year.

It's a lot of fun and can be as mild or wild (trails off the main trail) as you want.

Right next to a bombing range and great camping all over the place.
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care to join us ?? could use a guide
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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Sure I would be interested...not sure how good of a guide I will be but IMHO this trip was second only to Mojave road (which I have done about 5 times). Mojave Road trip is my favorite. Bradshaw Trail is a close second.
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Bradshaw is an awesome trail to run. If you head up any of the canyons on the left by the flag on the hill top. It's especially fun. We made it all the way to the end and then had to turn around and come back out the same way in. Lots of fun.

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I'm not doing any of that to MY baby. lol
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:22 PM   #9
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I'm not doing any of that to MY baby. lol
There are easier tributary trails off Bradshaw. You can make the trip as wild or mild as you want. that's what makes this so fun.

That train track is pretty awesome too. That is a huge wash that it runs across and a great place to stop for lunch.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:24 PM   #10
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I'm not doing any of that to MY baby. lol
Why? It's a fun day. Nothing damaging, just technical and test out your flexing.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:29 PM   #11
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Why? It's a fun day. Nothing damaging, just technical and test out your flexing.
I'll do dirt, mud, hills and trails, but I'm not up for breaking my rig.
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I'll do dirt, mud, hills and trails, but I'm not up for breaking my rig.
I've seen way more people break their rigs in mud than on the rocks.
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I've seen way more people break their rigs in mud than on the rocks.
lol. Get stuck maybe but how the hell could you break your rig in liquid?
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I'd hardly call mud a liquid. The biggest thing with mud or any water crossing for that matter is you have no idea what's beneath. I've seen people catch on rocks hidden underneath that they can't see and snap shafts.
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I'd hardly call mud a liquid. The biggest thing with mud or any water crossing for that matter is you have no idea what's beneath. I've seen people catch on rocks hidden underneath that they can't see and snap shafts.
Exactly, it was the rocks that f'd their rig up, not the mud or water, which was my original point.
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I guess I failed to mention how mud likes to get in everything. I've had Jeeps come into my shop for diff service due to mud getting in through the axle seals. Deep mud also requires you to hit the gas a bit more which it turn in more strain on your drive train. I've seen u-joints explode in the mud, heck I've seen entire drive shafts spit out. I've seen some pretty nasty stuff on rocks too. What it really comes down to though is your own ability.
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I guess I failed to mention how mud likes to get in everything. I've had Jeeps come into my shop for diff service due to mud getting in through the axle seals. Deep mud also requires you to hit the gas a bit more which it turn in more strain on your drive train. I've seen u-joints explode in the mud, heck I've seen entire drive shafts spit out. I've seen some pretty nasty stuff on rocks too. What it really comes down to though is your own ability.
True. For me, the thrill is to go through off road trails, water areas, mud (that's not door deep) and just go on cool adventure like areas. To me, you don't need to try your Jeeps ultimate limits to have fun and show how todays modern cars are lame compared to our sexy ass Jeeps.
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That's what it's all about in the end!
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jk4dirt and yjkalamity care to join me on this run? the more the merrier. Great pics btw, I don't mind dents and dings its the breaking that hurts, but thats what these are made for. I've done some trails where i was worried and it made it thru fine. Its just a matter of knowing your capablity and how much you wanna do. I'm not saying major rock climbing but a nice rock garden is fun to go thru. I went thru 2n17x and dishpan and my jeep was fine. I had tried dishpan before with a stock jeep and made it thru had to get pulled most of the way but nothing broke, this time i went thru on my own. My setup is 35's 4" lift no lockers.
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Where exactly is Bradshaw Trail? Those pics look amazing.
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Where exactly is Bradshaw Trail? Those pics look amazing.
The part of the trail that remains is between Arizona and the Salton Sea. It is one mountain range south of the I-10. You can see it on Google earth and follow along. Fun ride. I have a cool book of the area with maps.
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Awesome thanks. I'm gonna look into this ... The trail sounds right up my alley. If only it wasn't so far away.
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I'd be up for it if it happens when I'm not working. It looks like an easy day of wheeling.
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ok awesome i'll get a few more jeeps together and setup a run
You couldn't have a better leader then jk4thedirt on this one. I still think there's away out of that canyon.
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You couldn't have a better leader then jk4thedirt on this one. I still think there's away out of that canyon.
I bet there is too. We will have to go back on a Saturday and try it again.

It's a very fun trail and some amazing rock formations. There is a Jeep trail that leads to the 10 FWY.

It's not too rough, just fun. It's an all day event to run that trail. It's would be better to plan ahead for this one.
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I bet there is too. We will have to go back on a Saturday and try it again.

It's a very fun trail and some amazing rock formations. There is a Jeep trail that leads to the 10 FWY.

It's not too rough, just fun. It's an all day event to run that trail. It's would be better to plan ahead for this one.


If you are planning way far ahead (after the first of the year), let me know. I'd love to check out that trail. Unfortunately, I have commitments for the rest of this month, and my bride takes over the budget from November until Christmas.
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And YES, I will take my XJ thru most anything anybody else is willing to run. Ok, a few limits (33's and a 4˝" lift), but I'm willing to give it a go most of the time.
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Looking to explore the Bradshaw trail east of Palm Springs, Anybody intersted in either a day run or weekend run? Open to suggestions. Thinking of either November or December.
My wife and I are thinking of heading out on this trail after Christmas for a day trip. Any day from Thursday through Saturday would work for us.
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I'll keep an eye out for your dates. Pretty booked for these next few weeks, but maybe I can make it. If you guys really want to make a trip out of it, I love running the Bradshaw Trail from Salton Sea up to its exit around Blythe, CA. At that point, you are like 1 mile from the Arizona border, you go across into Arizona and pull out at the very first exit, where the Flying J is, and from the Flying J, drive back on the street towards the Colorado River and find the dirt trail that runs parallel next to the Colorado (its starts off with some pavement). The river trail is extremely mild, but very scenic. One of the best parts, though, is that there are large sections of little beaches and even a good amount of little "Islands" or peninsulas rather, that you can drive right into and camp literally on a little island like formation in the Colorado river. You follow that trail down until it sort of dead ends and takes you onto another mild to difficult trail (only 1 rocky section that is no big deal for a stock JK), and that trail takes you all the way through to exit through the Yuma Proving Grounds by KOFA Preserve. It's a 2 day trip, but well worth it!
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Sounds like a good time.

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