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Old 01-25-2015, 11:33 PM
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Saturday Jan 31 - Be There or Miss Out!

I have two confirmed Jeeps leaving the trailhead on Saturday morning at 8:30AM for a trip few if any of you Vegas folks have been on.

You might wonder where the trailhead is? Exactly 5.0 miles west of the Lovell Canyon turnoff on Nevada highway 160. This trail is named the Drop-Off (not just a clever name),and starts at the cattle guard on the north side of 160, climbs slowly to Lost Cabin Springs and its petroglyphs, then follows Forest Service road 539 (if my memory serves me correctly) following what my factory GPS says is "Long Dead End Road" up a wash, a waterfall, to an old cattle line camp and cabin (if you geocache, there is a cache nearby), to the top of a ridge, then down a steep loose hill (the Drop-Off) ultimately ending at the group campground in Lovell Canon. Bring your lunch! With no breakdowns, we should be off the trail in Lovell Canyon by 2PM.

This is a moderate difficulty trip usually, but it could be real interesting if we get much rain the next couple days. There are off camber sections but not extreme, rocks to get around or over, a dry waterfall to climb, and the ever present possibility of desert pinstriping. I made a short video of the trip last year and you can see it here but it doesn't show Lost Cabin Springs...

Drop Off Trail - Spring Mountains National Recreation Area..

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Old 01-26-2015, 12:11 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good adventure, see ya then.

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^^^ Looking forward to it!

It occurred to me that some of you may not be familiar with Nevada highway 160. On the south end of the Las Vegas Valley, Windmill Lane turns into Blue Diamond Road at I-15 heading west. Blue Diamond is Nevada highway 160 so you would need to head west on Blue Diamond Road, past Red Rock Canyon, through the Spring Mountains over Spring Mountain Pass, then about 10 more miles to the trailhead. The trailhead is only 20 miles or so from the Red Rock Canyon turnoff of 160 I'd guess.

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I would love to go, but my wife is about to bust our new addition out... So I can't take the risk of being on the trail when that happens. Take pictures and video and post it. And I will look for the next trip out.
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Would love to go but work on Saturdays, have fun and be safe.
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Just checked the weather and there is a 60% chance of rain in LV and a 50% chance in Pahrump on Friday. Per Brian's original post "it could be real interesting if we get much rain"... it sounds like it will be interesting.
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Pahrump has been getting rained on all day today.
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Thought I might be able to swing this trip, but build won't be done. Need a CV shaft post suspension lift. Earliest Adams could get me in was Tuesday (not bad considering the weekend, but...). Dan's said bring it over to have the techs look at it, so I limped it over and they may or may not get the shaft built before next week (problem with reputable shops I guess...both driveline shops busy ). Five tires and rims waiting for me at 4x4 Parts...and the easiest (and cheapest) of all this is the Ace slider install sitting in my garage.

Soooo...fat chance.
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As of about 12:30PM Friday afternoon, the rain in Pahrump has been somewhat steady but light. Still lots of moisture on the radar, but unless we run into snow at higher elevation or water running down the wash (which will cancel the trip but I won't know 'till I get to the trailhead), I expect the trip to go off without a hitch. The trail runs up Lovell Wash past Lost Cabin Springs.
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Sounds like an adventure. We will be there.
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What a great day it turned into! No mud to speak of, needed lockers once, and we had the pleasure of recovering a Durango pickup after the young driver got stuck trying to turn around. Video to follow soon! Thanks to Mike and Rick for the helping hands with cables, straps, snatch block, and helping the poor kid figure out what to do.

That's me just standin' there with the winch controller in hand...



Tied off to Mike's Jeep as an anchor. It was pretty steep downhill and trying to pull the Durango uphill without an anchor wasn't happening...



Highway Through Hell... Nevada style.
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Maybe "Hell" for some; pure pleasure for those who are prepared and well equipped. I learned a few recovery tips and tricks during this part of the journey.

According to my Gaia recording, the trip from the trailhead on SR-160 to the end at SR-160 & Lovell Canyon Road was 27.04 miles. A whole lot of variety for a relatively short distance.

All in all… What a GREAT trip! I was born and raised in Las Vegas and this trip was another new experience for me. Having a Jeep adds a whole new dimension to Las Vegas and the surrounding area. The Rubi performed well with the lift and 35s, navigating everything from Mitchell Class I through Class IV+, climbing the waterfall was probably a brief V. Lisa, Pearce and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, history lesson, geography, geology, flora and meeting our new friends.

At one point I told Lisa, "I sure am glad we have a guide, this doesn't look like a trail"... then moments after on the CB Margie talked about much better it was than the previous year before the trees along the trail were groomed.

We are excited about the next "Off Pavement" trip; hopefully Death Valley in the next few weeks. Thanks Brian, Margie and Rick for making it a great adventure. Brian (Off Pavement) and Margie are definitely passionate about "wheeling".

Brian was right when he titled the trip "Be There or Miss Out!"

Thanks again,
Mike, Lisa & Pearce
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Nice. Brian--you "need" to update your avatar with part of that shot above. That 3' foot of rubber you now have on that JK positively makes it looks monstrous (in a good way).

That young man in the Durango really lucked out. You all saved him quite a bit of pain both fiscally and literally. Wanderlust can be a fickle beast some times.
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Drop Off Video

Here is the video I put together of our trip over the Drop Off...


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