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All,

The forum has been a bit dead lately, so I want to amp it up a bit. There might have been a map and pic thread previously , but I haven't seen it on my perusals. I would like to keep this one a bit modified to where it isn't just cool pics (that many have no idea to replicate/find), but also trail maps (tracks) post in this one. A repository to find new trails if you will.

I personally use Gaia GPS (iOS or Android), but anything that will allow someone to get to your tracks and download them to their GPS will work.

I have quite a few of these already, but the first one I am posting is a ride this past weekend that I did for one of my sisters that is visiting for Thanksgiving from Kentucky.

Nelson, Nevada area (south of Boulder City by 25ish miles). Eagle Wash to Aztec Wash down to the Colorado (you can drive all the way to the water's edge), then back up Eagle to the Powerline following it out to US 95. The Powerline trail was surprisingly the cool part of this ride. Easy, but some serious elevation change. Hit one vista only to keep having them coming all the way up.

Link to the track here: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/4176773b34d51d9b450c4ac43ed4fb1a/

The Gaia GPS Track:


Loading up kids at the river:


Panorama somewhere around 4000 ft (you can see the river in the distance):


We will see how this works... if anything, I'll be able to share some of my rides with those researching down the line. :)
 

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mett-tc I now use Gaia Gps, originally using backcountry navigator. The best thing I've found about Gaia is how you can build routes online that are available to view on your devices.
 

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ricky bobby--agreed. Route planning (building or pulling) is mucho easier on a big computer screen. Working it there (gaia online) and then synching to the handheld makes it not nearly such a time suck.

Potato Ridge (also called Rocky Gap), Nevada. This is a trail that can be done either east (Red Rock Canyon NCA to Lovell Canyon) or vice versa. I prefer west to east because

1. if everyone in your group doesn't have a N.P. / Govt Lands Pass, they won't be charged coming into the park this way, and
2. if the rock garden is just too much anxiety for someone, they are much closer to pavement coming in from the west side if they want to bail.

Lovell Canyon Road is on the west side of the Hump on Hwy 160.

This trail CAN be done by every level of wrangler--driver's knowledge and experience determines if they will scrape the underside at all or not (placement). About two miles in from the west side/Lovell Canyon Road is the "rock garden" where you must drive the creek. This is the only area where vehicle build and/or driver skill come into play. Note: there are other parts of the creek/wash west of this that those wanting to rock crawl can participate in: not required and you have to come off the road/trail to run that part of the wash. 2.0 to 4.5 hours actual trail time depending on what you choose to do.

Link to the track here:
https://www.gaiagps.com/public/3XerJYLFN5T3bvMDAul8B5ho//

Overview:


Running one of the washes (optional)


One of the optional (harder) routes in the rock garden


The end of the rock garden (east side of it). All peaches and cream after this portion.

 

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Mojave Road (US 95 to Lava Tubes)

Mojave Road (US 95 to Lava Tubes)

Expect 5.5 to 7.5 hours to do this portion.

Download the track here:
https://www.gaiagps.com/public/ZROKiqiQS23z1eyQV1MW8rZE//



Bus just prior to Ivanpah Road.


Just prior to Kelso-Cima Road (looking towards Kelso).


Mojave Road Mailbox (west of Marl Springs and east of the Lava Tubes)


Coming down from the Lava Tubes at dusk.
 

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St George to Grand Canyon North Rim (Toroweap Overlook)

Grand Canyon North Rim via St George, Utah.

Expect 5.5 to 7.5 hours on the trail.

Download the track here:
https://www.gaiagps.com/public/oO3yPTPQig4fMDi3yTsOF7KG//



Entry into the National Monument just east of Mount Trumbull School House.


Entry into the National Park portion. Open year round from dawn to 30 minutes past dusk (there is an overnight campground...reserve with the Rangers). Ranger Station is manned year round. No fee area.


The Overlook looking west (I suspect Whitmore Canyon Overlook can be seen just where the river turns left/south...it is 9 miles away as the crow flies).


The view east.
 

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The gatekeeper up at Devils Peak

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https://goo.gl/maps/ohSMbJqaW452


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Devil Peak or Canyon is a extremely ruff trail, some place between a 3 or 4 rating out of 5. Possible body damage could occur. Vehicles should have a minimum of 33” tries and at least one locker. This trail should be run with an experienced spotter that is familiar with this trail. The trail consists of gravel, rocks, boulders, dry water falls, a v notch climb, all with a slippery sand or dust covering. There are mines to explore if so inclined. This is an up and back run so you will have to run each obstacle twice.
 

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Mount Potosi Counter Clockwise

HWY 160 to Potosi Canyon to Powerline Connector Road (not on most maps as they were published prior to the powerline being built) to Goodsprings to FS Road 800 to Cottonwood Valley back to 160.

35 miles, 3 hrs+54 mins moving time, stopped 35 mins, any level of Wrangler would enjoy this (non-mod'd guys & gals...). 2 x Wranglers: Off Pavement's and mine.

West side had spectacular views. East side, while still pretty, was lower elevation and was in the Joshua Tree zone. That said, I'd like to go back to the east side and explore more of those trail branches that we bypassed for time (going mainly to former mines).

Link to track on Gaia: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/OzcZEJDoS6NpkkaFoihyZGvS

Overview (yellow track was us today).



Wild horses on FS Road 800 (east side):




Abandoned A-frame house at Ninetynine Mine / Spring (east side)


View back down the valley from the A-frame house.
 

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Nice writeup! We had a great time today... look forward to the next trip.

Margie's Facebook photos... Potosi and FS 800
 
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