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05-28-2013 12:25 AM
gnarlyswine Spent a couple of days in that area as well. Checked out the tunnel and settlements on day one. Day two came up last chance canyon and followed ep15 all the way out east. Loved the isolation out that way.

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04-14-2013 08:37 PM
mountainneer We just got home. What an awesome day. We drove out to the Burro Schmidt Tunnel, checked out Bickel Camp and a couple other old mining areas. Took a detour down Last Chance Canyon and over to Randsburg for lunch and home.

There are a lot of cool things to see out there...
04-14-2013 10:46 AM
Iwanna I am very interested in exploring. Going to Moab the end of May for that purpose.
04-13-2013 10:50 PM
goin camping
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Originally Posted by mountainneer View Post
We will probably be going the easy way. Be more of an exploring trip. My buddy just got some info about another mine we might also check out...

Do you know of any other things to explore up there...??

Too bad ya cant make it...

Hope your leaf springs go easy...
I have a gift... Easy mechanical things are a monkey/football fiasco for me. Six hours later and the rear leafs are not complete. Everything went fine until it came to re install the shocks. I gave up after two hours.

The area between California Cuty and Randsburgh is great. Also a smooth dirt road that runs on the hillside North of the 14. It is the aqueduct service road. Aqueduct is under ground there. Roads branch off and you can get your Bud some 4X practice.
04-13-2013 05:13 PM
mountainneer
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Originally Posted by goin camping View Post
Cool area. Did it about a month ago. Are you taking Last Chance Canyon up to the tunnel or coming around the smooth way for your buddy?

I'd go along but I just pulled the jeep into the garage to replace worn out leafs.
We will probably be going the easy way. Be more of an exploring trip. My buddy just got some info about another mine we might also check out...

Do you know of any other things to explore up there...??

Too bad ya cant make it...

Hope your leaf springs go easy...
04-13-2013 03:39 PM
goin camping
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Originally Posted by mountainneer View Post
We are going head out to the Burro Schmidt Tunnel and maybe a little exploring in red rock or lunch in Randsburg tomorrow April 14th. It will be more of an exploring trip then hard wheeling, since my other buddy with a stock jeep is going. Anyone interested in joining is welcome.

We will probably leave from Valencia around 7am
Cool area. Did it about a month ago. Are you taking Last Chance Canyon up to the tunnel or coming around the smooth way for your buddy?

I'd go along but I just pulled the jeep into the garage to replace worn out leafs.
04-13-2013 12:48 PM
mountainneer We are going head out to the Burro Schmidt Tunnel and maybe a little exploring in red rock or lunch in Randsburg tomorrow April 14th. It will be more of an exploring trip then hard wheeling, since my other buddy with a stock jeep is going. Anyone interested in joining is welcome.

We will probably leave from Valencia around 7am
03-19-2013 06:30 PM
JoeBot13
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Originally Posted by xjrguy View Post
The first water crossing this past weekend was not deep at all.

The second one next to the RR bridge after you go under it was up to the bottom of a stock Rubicon's bumper. We had no problems traversing either crossing.

The first one used to be a LOT deeper years ago.
That's too bad. That's the level it was when I went last fall. I was hoping the rains would have helped out some. Still fun regardless...
03-19-2013 02:15 PM
Rrampley Anytime after Easter they also have a little camp ground but no potties. Lol but I do wanna explore more. I have camped at razor road with the quads and headed to wards afton but didn't have enough duke to really look around. We should set a date! I wanna wanna gooooooo!!!
03-19-2013 02:07 PM
xjrguy
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They have put rock or gravel there now right? The first time I went they didn't. It was deeper then I think. I wanna go out there and explore. There are also some dunes somewhere between afton and razor.
Cool, when are we goin?

I'm down for exploring and camping again.
03-19-2013 02:03 PM
Rrampley
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Originally Posted by xjrguy View Post

The first water crossing this past weekend was not deep at all.

The second one next to the RR bridge after you go under it was up to the bottom of a stock Rubicon's bumper. We had no problems traversing either crossing.

The first one used to be a LOT deeper years ago.
They have put rock or gravel there now right? The first time I went they didn't. It was deeper then I think. I wanna go out there and explore. There are also some dunes somewhere between afton and razor.
03-19-2013 01:54 PM
xjrguy
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Originally Posted by JoeBot13 View Post
It's a pretty awesome place, western edge of the mojave road. I'd imagine that the water crossings are pretty nice right now with all the rain we've been getting in the desert.

Just take the 15 like you're going to Vegas and get off on Afton Rd. There is a decent campground there too!
The first water crossing this past weekend was not deep at all.

The second one next to the RR bridge after you go under it was up to the bottom of a stock Rubicon's bumper. We had no problems traversing either crossing.

The first one used to be a LOT deeper years ago.
03-19-2013 01:31 PM
JoeBot13
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Where is Afton Canyon, it looks really cool?
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It's so beautiful the off the 15 before baker.
It's a pretty awesome place, western edge of the mojave road. I'd imagine that the water crossings are pretty nice right now with all the rain we've been getting in the desert.

Just take the 15 like you're going to Vegas and get off on Afton Rd. There is a decent campground there too!
03-19-2013 11:56 AM
Rrampley Here are a few from when I went out there last yr. didn't so much my man hated being off road.

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03-19-2013 11:47 AM
Rrampley
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Where is Afton Canyon, it looks really cool?
It's so beautiful the off the 15 before baker.
03-19-2013 11:31 AM
hwy1rubi
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Here are some Afton Canyon pics for those who have never been ... awesome place!
Where is Afton Canyon, it looks really cool?
03-19-2013 07:40 AM
goin camping I have wanted to to this trip for some time. Even got the book.
03-19-2013 01:33 AM
xjrguy
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I'd like to head out and check out the lava tubes ... Maybe if y'all head out again and I have a free weekend my fam can tag along
Anytime, let me know the trip is lots of fun and there is terrain for everyone.

Tons of history and backcountry exploring too.
03-19-2013 01:31 AM
xjrguy
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Did a weekend give you enough time to see the sights..?? I am interested in checking it out.
Hi

Yes, we got out to Afton/basin rd Friday night and camped.

Have to hustle a little bit to do it in a weekend. 3 or 4 days would be much better bu for this trip my intention was to pre-run it to see conditions.

Saturday morning around 8am we got started and picked up the mojave rd at afton canyon. Hit the two water crossings and headed east.

It was great. I am ready to do it again. Found a great campsite on the way too.

Temps were 70's to around 86 during the day the entire trip. Couldn't ask for better stuff.

Soda lake was dry and passable.

You need to bring extra gas. I have an AEV aux tank that I used (we did a lot of exploring off the road)

I absolutely love this trip and have my jeep set up perfectly for it.

I know there are some hard core rock crawlers out there and not knocking that interest but this sort of trip is outright awesome.
03-19-2013 01:23 AM
JoeBot13 I'd like to head out and check out the lava tubes ... Maybe if y'all head out again and I have a free weekend my fam can tag along
03-19-2013 01:02 AM
mountainneer
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Originally Posted by xjrguy View Post

Well this past weekend I ran the Mojave Rd west to east and the conditions were absolutely perfect.

Would love to run it again in the next few weeks before it starts to get too hot out there.
Did a weekend give you enough time to see the sights..?? I am interested in checking it out.
03-18-2013 06:21 PM
LHC30 We will have to hook up on that Mojave run...
03-18-2013 02:43 PM
xjrguy
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Hi,

I am going to bring enough stuff to do the entire thing just in case I get a wild hair to do the trail west to east. (good warm sleeping bag, lots of water and food, extra gas in my aux. tank, some firewood, etc)

My plan is to pre-run the trail and then plan another trip with a group to see all the sights and historical stuff along the way (all the forts and petroglyphs)

I've got the book Dennis Casebier wrote which is the defacto guide to traverse the 130 mile trail and not get lost. (see below)

Mojave Road Guide - DesertUSA Store

I've done the entire road before twice in the past from the Avi Casino and then ending up at the end at Afton Canyon. (however I was not leading the group )

Never run it west to east so should be fun.

Well this past weekend I ran the Mojave Rd west to east and the conditions were absolutely perfect.

Would love to run it again in the next few weeks before it starts to get too hot out there.
03-08-2013 07:31 PM
goin camping I got Sunday off so it's either run away in the yj for a day in the desert or be good and replace some wheel cylinders on the MB.

I suspect I'll wake Sunday morning with every intention of working on the MB but somewhere during my first cup of coffee my plans will change.
03-08-2013 03:18 PM
xjrguy
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Originally Posted by goin camping View Post
I have to work all weekend. Two jeeps are crying in their driveways this perfect weather weekend...

Hope you get better quick.
Hey this flu kicked my ass.

Anyway I am better and really thinking of doing a Mojave Road run this weekend, or at the very least part of it.

I'm up for anything desert exploring though.
03-03-2013 11:45 AM
desertpops
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I agree with everything above. You should always have this stuff with you, but especially when you are wheeling the most important things to bring are the things that will keep you alive. Carry a first aid kit and a first aid or survival guide in addition to your food/water/clothing. Carrying an emergency blanket (tin foil looking thing) and a poncho wouldn't hurt either (ya never know). They are cheap and small so it can go into your first aid kit. Rule of thumb on water is a gallon of water per person per day. Snacks go for high energy items (trail mix, granola bars, etc). For tools, a multitool and a collapsable shovel will go a long way. And finally make sure you have stuff to change a tire with.

We jeepers do tend to overpack. Honestly you can fit everything you REALLY need into a backpack.
Always keep a pair of good work gloves in your Jeep and never leave home without some type of head covering. I prefer a straw hat over a do-rag. The do-rag retains the moisture and the straw hat allows air to pass through and cool your head. And don't forget sunscreen.
03-03-2013 12:24 AM
JoeBot13 Here are some Afton Canyon pics for those who have never been ... awesome place!
03-03-2013 12:19 AM
csumjr
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I love meandering through the desert. Looking for stuff. Old buildings, building sites, mines, old cars, plane crash sites, historic sites even a great view.

Not much for rock crawling or planned routes.

Am I the only like that around here?
I like wandering too...going off the beaten path allows me to find myself, and other interesting things
03-02-2013 09:15 PM
goin camping
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Originally Posted by xjrguy View Post
I came down with the nasty flu going around so I'm not going anywhere this weekend.

Sucks for me.
I have to work all weekend. Two jeeps are crying in their driveways this perfect weather weekend...

Hope you get better quick.
03-02-2013 10:11 AM
xjrguy I came down with the nasty flu going around so I'm not going anywhere this weekend.

Sucks for me.
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