Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

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Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby SAS » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:04 am

Autumn is a great time to visit the desert!

trailsoffroad.com held its inaugural Epic Adventure, 4-6 November, in Calico, California. There were attendees from six states, plus Alberta, Canada!

I traveled with a small group from Utah, Colorado, and Alberta; two Jeeps, and two Land Cruisers. We linked-up at Green River, then drove to Goblin Valley State Park, then off-road through Wild Horse Canyon, Cathedral Valley, and Factory Butte.

Here's the lineup at Wild Horse Canyon.
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Making good time toward Factory Butte.
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Cathedral Valley was astounding. We camped near this ridge in the campground (no dispersed camping allowed).
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The next morning we exited through Capitol Reef and went west to Interstate 15 somewhere south of Beaver, Utah. We then drove south and camped in the Valley of Fire, about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, NV.
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We tinkered around on the backroads, and then got on the interstate traveling south to Laughlin, NV, where we fueled-up and made final checks before starting Mojave Road.
Camp at the end of day one on Mojave Road.
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Day two on Mojave Road; we checked out several iconic sites along the route, including Piute Springs/Fort Piute, the School Bus, and Mojave Camp. We made good time on day two, arriving at the dunes east of Soda Lake. We made camp here at the end of day two.
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Day three, the final day on Mojave Road, we stopped at more iconic sites like the Mailbox and the Frog Shrine. We continued west across the Soda Lake, and through many miles of more dry wash. In this photo, TJ is setting up his UAV/drone for some spectacular aerial footage crossing the lake.
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We arrived at the end of Mojave Road, near Yermo, California. We stopped at the Burger Den for some shakes, fajitas, and burgers, and then a short drive to Calico where we set up base camp at Kramer Arch for the next three days. With the larger group of Trails Offroad contributors, we explored Doran Canyon, Odessa Canyon, Phillips East/West, and Afton Canyon.
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Re: Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby leftarmtan » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:22 pm

Looks like a great trip.I'm planning a trip to the Mojave rd early next year,can't wait
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Re: Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby SAS » Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:52 pm

Thanks! Yes, it was a great trip!

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Re: Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby leftarmtan » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:37 pm

Thanks,I will check it out!
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Re: Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby SAS » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:41 am

We're starting to post some compiled videos!

Wild Horse Road (from Goblin Valley to Factory Butte, Utah)

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Re: Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby SAS » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:37 pm

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Re: Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby SAS » Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:25 pm

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Re: Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby SAS » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:44 pm

Mojave Road Bypass
This is a spot near Fort Piute where a segment of the Mojave Road is closed due to erosion/washout. We mapped a bypass and ran with it. This is the only point in the 2500 mile trip that my '83 FJ60 had an issue--blew a tire!

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Re: Central Utah, Mojave Road, and Calico, CA

Postby SAS » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:47 pm

And FINALLY, the grand-daddy highlights video of this expedition (the trail guide is still in review/revision at trailsoffroad.com).

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