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Old 11-10-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Old Mojave Road

Hello all =)

New to the Forum and New to Jeeping. Doing Old Mojave Road tomorrow. Just wondering if any of you have done it recently and what it was like.

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No but it is on my todo list so I am looking forward to hearing about it too.

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Welcome to the forum Tonia. I have never done the trail, but wish to in the future. Please take pics of the trip and give us details.

And just noticed you are in Riverside. My wife and I are in Moreno Valley and go out often for trail runs.

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Check out the information and waypoints on dirtopia and wikipedia. I'd say also pick up a guide book, but probably no time for that. Pack lots of warm layers and plenty of anything you think you or your Jeep might need. You'll be out in the middle of nowhere for quite some time. I'll be running this for the first time over Thanksgiving weekend. Looking forward to it. Have fun.
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Thank you for the welcome. My boyfriend and I are in Riverside. I have the TJ and he has a YJ. We love to get out on a trip at least once a month, and are definitely looking to join people who actually get out and make it happen.

So the trail was an easy one. We took it pretty slow, started out from the Avi Friday morning, camped friday and saturday nights and made it to Yermo by noon on Sunday. My TJ is completely stock (until this weekend =D) and did it in 2wd except for a little patch of sand in a wash. I thought the trail would be pretty awesome, I have my BA in Archaeology, so I was thinking a little historical Archaeo plus wheeling would be a blast. Honestly, I think the best part of the trail was the 20 miles or so through the dunes and Afton.

I didn't get any great pictures because there wasn't anything challenging, though we did fill the Jeep up with water coming into Afton...a lift will fix that. I have some pictures of this trip as well as out last trip to King's canyon (Dinkey Creek, which was absolutely asewsome) on Facebook. Tonia Boughamer | Facebook
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I'll be doing the Mojave Road over Thanksgiving weekend.

Where did you camp on the two nights?

So it sounds like the water crossing is pretty high but doable? The ranger suggested bypassing it.
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I don't have coordinates but Friday night we camped just west of the Joshua Tree forest up against a hill and Saturday we camped in the dunes. The first crossing wasn't too high, but the second, just before the Afton day use area, was pretty high but like I said, I am completely stock, and I made it fine other than having 6 inches of water on my feet =)

I am heading to Utah Thanksgiving weekend, don't have precise plans on where we might take a detour or 2 though...
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:27 PM   #10
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Last weekend on the Mojave Road, it was below freezing at night and very windy. We camped at 35.175456N 115.463663W on the first night and at 35.174677N 115.776461W on the second night. The first water crossing was 2 ft deep and the second one was 2 ft 5 in.

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Great pics...Looks like a fun time. I heard the desert was COOOOLLLLDDD this past week!
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sweet i ran it the weekend before you guys. prolly saw our names in the book. we didnt see anyone out there and the weather was stormin for us. funny how shallow the crossing was for you guys only a week later.




did you guys cross the not so dry lake??? it was a mess on our way home. ill never go through it it again while its wet.


looks like you guys ran it from laughlin to cali? we ran it both ways over the weekend... needless to say we were haulin buns
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Nice pics, Rawkon.

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funny how shallow the crossing was for you guys only a week later.
Did you happen to measure the height of the water? I measured it to be 2' 5" based on how high it came on my bumper. We also crossed slowly. JK's hydrolock too easily without a snorkel. You guys went through faster, creating a wave in front of you, making the water level appear higher.

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did you guys cross the not so dry lake??? it was a mess on our way home. ill never go through it it again while its wet.
It was soft and muddy in the middle part, but not wet.

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looks like you guys ran it from laughlin to cali? we ran it both ways over the weekend... needless to say we were haulin buns
We did the scenic tour, stopping at a lot of the historic sites, and making the 60-mile side trip to Kelso Depot and Kelso Dunes.
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yea it was prolly close to the same if you were goin slow. first time ive had water goin in the cab via my missing drain plugs. one of my favorite places to go, the preserve, mines, lava tubes, its all awesome out there.
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one of my favorite places to go, the preserve, mines, lava tubes, its all awesome out there.
Yah, lots to see out there. Definitely want to go back and check out some of the stuff we didn't have time for.
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yea it was prolly close to the same if you were goin slow. first time ive had water goin in the cab via my missing drain plugs. one of my favorite places to go, the preserve, mines, lava tubes, its all awesome out there.
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I'm doing it this weekend (bit concerned about the storm).
Do anyone know any offshoots for some challenging routes/obstacles along the road? Something like the miller jeep trail. I'm doing it with an FJ and Bronco, so likely I'll be the only rig up for some *real* fun
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I'm doing it this weekend (bit concerned about the storm).
Do anyone know any offshoots for some challenging routes/obstacles along the road? Something like the miller jeep trail. I'm doing it with an FJ and Bronco, so likely I'll be the only rig up for some *real* fun
I'd like to know too, for next time. I heard there's some good challenging stuff out there on some offshoots, but I don't know where they are. Soda Lake might get a bit challenging though with the rain softening up the mud. Have fun and be safe!
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there a few out there ive hit, but the i couldnt tell ya how to get there. we kinda just stumbled onto them. if the lake bed is muddy go around, the mud is nasty as hell and is salt so your under carriage paint gets stirpped off and everything goes rusty immediatly... ask me how i know lol
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Hoping to do this in May. Will keep watching this thread for updates as I have never done this trip before. Any interest in a May Trip?
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Hoping to do this in May. Will keep watching this thread for updates as I have never done this trip before. Any interest in a May Trip?
Looks like this is turning into the official Mojave Road thread.

For first-timers, I'd highly recommend getting a copy of the Mojave Road Guide . It's got great information about the trail, and historic sites, and tips on preparing for the trip. The 2010 edition has GPS coordinates, which I entered into this GPS track, which we used as a guide when I did the trip over last Thanksgiving weekend. I highly recommend using a GPS track to help guide you through the trail, as there are tons of intersections along the way, which can throw you off, as it did us a few times even with GPS. The actual route we took is here.
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I did it last weekend doing exactly what yomondo suggests... we had the book, and even got lost a few times. The everytrail trip 11/26/10 planned route got me back to the MR several times.
I didnt log the whole trip as I use my iPhone as the GPS but logged Afton Canyon (the highlight).
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I did it last weekend doing exactly what yomondo suggests... we had the book, and even got lost a few times. The everytrail trip 11/26/10 planned route got me back to the MR several times.
I didnt log the whole trip as I use my iPhone as the GPS but logged Afton Canyon (the highlight).
Nice pics and videos. Did you find any challenging offshoots? How muddy was Soda Lake? There didn't appear to be an excessive amount of mud on your Jeep.

I'm glad my Everytrail "planned route" GPS track helped you out even though, as you may have noticed, it's a bit off in a few places. Most of it came from a GPS track that I downloaded, and whoever recorded it was off the MR trail in some places. Then I also hand-drew parts of the GPS track, guessing where the actual trail is by looking at satellite images. But it's certainly better than nothing, and it did helped us out a lot too.
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Tried to get to Caruther's Canyon (it's on everytrail too-but as a hike), but we ran out of time. I gathered that would be a fun offshoot.
We camped near Kelbaker road and when we woke the next morning a trip to Baker to drop the kids off at pool seemed appealing.
so we skipped the Soda Lake (advice from ranger) and got back on at Afton Canyon. Luckily we passed Rasor OHV , so I got my fix of flexing there... and beating my buddies FJ.
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Nice pics and vids DogsB

Found some lost footagef from the last run. we thought the footage wasnt captured by the go pro due to some tech difficulties...

backround to the video, LOTS of friendly smack talk. the vehicle that the camera was on is project rangerunner from fourwheeler. S charged 4.0 long travel ranger. I was told he was gonna run me off the road hahaha. (gotta catch me first)

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