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Old 03-31-2006, 01:30 PM   #1
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Ocotillo Wells Best Rides gpx tracks

Ok here it is I am going to give it out, these are the best rides in Ocotillo Wells. Complete GPS tracks and ride descriptions are given. Seven rides are included and complete sets of tracklogs for each ride. I never thought I would give this stuff out, but I am and I encourage everyone to share there best tracks also.


The Best Ride in Ocotillo Wells:

These 7 rides all start and end on Cahuilla Trail near the camping Cabanas.

N33 08.661 W116 02.504

Stagecoach: Follow the path of the old Stagecoach drivers through the mountain passes to the high desert and then drop into spectacular canyons back to the desert floor. Parts of this ride may be closed check with the BLM.
The route leaves camp and goes to the Blu Inn. Then it follows San Felipe wash south to Carrizo Wash. It continues on Carrizo Wash under Levee Mining Railroad Trestle number 2. It then intersects with the Old Overland Stage Route. The route continues up through the pass and ends at the Old Carrizo Stage Station. From here the route continues on the Stage Route through a marshy area and intersects with Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Wash. The wash continues as a dirt road for about 6 miles and merges with the famous Diablo Canyon Drop-off route. While this is not a difficult route the views are spectacular. Diablo Canyon then merges with Fish Creek Canyon, passes steep canyon walls and the Wind Caves and opens onto the desert valley floor on Split Mountain Road. From here the route continues along the railroad tracks then merges onto an old mining road towards the Blu Inn. Recommendation: Have lunch at the Blu Inn then continue back to camp. Gasoline is available at the Blu Inn. The total trip length is 64 miles and should take about 3 hours or more. Trip difficulty is mild and dualsport is required. GPS tracks StageCoach1 and StageCoach2.

FontsPointDesert Tour:Take a tour of both Ocotillo Wells and the Anza Borrego desert. This trip leads to Fonts Point. Fonts Point is the best view in the entire desert!
The route leaves camp and heads north on Cahuilla Trail to Shell Reef Expressway and passes by Shell Reef. The route continues past Devil’s Slide and turns north on Palo Verde Wash then onto the Cut Across Trail and onto Fault Wash. The ride then leads up Short Wash to Fonts Wash and onto Fonts Point. Then it’s about a 100yard walk to the best view in the entire desert. This view is well worth the ride. After the view the ride takes you down to HY-S22 near Borrego Springs and ¾ mile of pavement to Inspiration Wash onto Inspiration Point then past the Borrego Dump. From here the route takes you past the San Gregorio Monument and into the Borrego Sink. Next the ride leads you onto San Felipe Wash and up Buttes Wash over Borrego Mountain. Then it’s on to Goat Trail past the ranger station and down to the Desert Rose for Lunch. This is the best biker lunch spot in all of Ocotillo Wells. After lunch the ride continues around the Airport, and onto Morton Road and back onto San Felipe Wash. Finally the route takes a side trail back to camp. The total trip length is 53 miles and should take about 3 hours or more. Trip difficulty is mild and dualsport is required. GPS tracks Fonts1 and Fonts2

Badlands Bogie: This adventure route winds through the San Felipe Hills canyons, then a bit of a maze through the Mud Hills passing by Pumpkin Patch. The route is a challenging 51 miles. Not for beginning riders.
The route leaves camp and heads east across open desert crossing Tarantula Wash through the hills and across Pole Line road. The route then cut up to the Artesian Well, then heads east in a narrow tight wash and climbs out onto a mesa near highway 86. The ride then cuts back through the mud hills and passes the Gas Domes. From here the ride follows Gas Dome Road then merges onto a single track trail and cuts northwest across the open desert. From here it gets really fun as the route snakes through the mud hills and winds to the famous Pumpkin Patch. The route then continues winding through the mud hills and then up a narrow single track canyon and dead ends. This is a fun canyon and well worth the hassle of turning your bike around at the end. The track then backtracks out of the canyon and again continues winding in the mud hills. The route then breaks out of the hills and heads east for a couple of miles then cuts back and merges into Tarantula Wash and again back into the Mud Hills. The route then passes the “Lost City” and breaks out near Shell Reef. From Shell Reef the ride finally takes you back across the desert to camp. This is a challenging 51 mile ride not for beginners. GPS route Badlands1 and Badlands2.

Truckhaven Torture:53 mile challenging to difficult route of adventure through the Truckhaven hills. This route will include many sections of the 2002 Truckhaven Challenge and you will discover famous hidden landmarks like the Hydrant and the Phone Booth. Mexican lunch at the Alamo!
The route leaves camp and cuts across country through the Mud Hills and to Shell Reef. The ride continues through the mud hills to Pumpkin Patch then heads north and joins the North Fork of Arroyo Salada Wash. The wash runs parallel to HY S-22 and crosses the Highway near the Microwave Tower. The ride continues into the Truckhaven area on the Calcite Mine Road then drops down onto Palm Wash. From Palm Wash the ride merges on the 2002 Truckhaven Challenge Course. This Jeep Course winds through the Truckhaven hills into Grave Wash the route takes you up to the phone booth. This is the best view in the Truckhaven area. You must sign the book at the Phone Booth. From here the ride takes you off the mountain and down into Coral Wash through Squeeze Arch and onto Salton City. Lunch is at the Alamo. This is the best Mexican food in the whole place. After lunch the ride takes you to Arroyo Salada Wash onto the Cut Across Trail then to Tule Wash and onto a single track trail across the desert floor. From here the ride cuts over to camp. This is a Challenging 53 mile ride not for beginners. GPS route TruckTorch1 and TruckTorch2

Milkshake Mumbo:This is both a Kid Challenging route and a great adult ride. The ride will be 39 miles long, visit the famous Phone Booth and include lunch at Superburger in SaltonCity. They have great Milkshakes!
The ride leaves camp and crosses open desert to Bank Wash. It turns on Pumpkin Patch Trail and winds to Pumpkin Patch. The route then heads north on “Whoop de Do Alley” and crosses HY-S22 to the Truckhaven Trail. Once in the Truckhaven area the ride takes several Jeep trails across the valley. After crossing Palm Wash the route climbs through a saddle and goes down to Coral Wash. The ride then follows Coral Wash up onto a mesa and then across the mesa to the base of the highest mountain. Kids will park their bikes here and take a 5 minute walk to the Phone Booth. This is a great view and kids must sign the book at the Phone Booth. After leaving the booth the ride cuts back into Coral Wash and through a narrow canyon driving under Squeeze Arch. The ride then cuts under HY-86 and over to Superburger for Milkshakes and lunch. These are the best Milkshakes in all of the desert!. After lunch the ride cuts into Arroyo Salada Wash then onto the Cut Across Trail. Finally the route merges onto Cahuilla Trail and back to camp.


Ice Cream Dream Ride: This is about an hour ride on some of the kids favorite trails including SpooksCanyon and stopping at the Blu Inn for Ice Cream. Parents should accompany their kids on the ride. This is a mild kid route.

SpooksCanyon Devils Night Ride:18.2 mile GPS night ride through SpooksCanyon and onto Devils Slide then across country to camp.
The ride will require GPS, headlight and taillight. Your GPS should have power to it in order to run the backlight during the ride. The ride leaves camp and follows a GPS track across open desert and across HY-78. The ride then cuts up a canyon and crosses some hills and leads to the mouth of Spooks Canyon. The ride then takes a roller coaster ride through the canyon and leads back to HY-78 near County Line Road. From here the ride takes an assortment of trails across the desert leading to the top of Devils Slide. This gives great views of the desert at night. Finally, through the magic of GPS, the ride cuts across open desert and ends up in camp. This is a great fun night adventure. Be sure you have a riding buddy.

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Old 03-31-2006, 03:12 PM   #2
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You rock. Those sound fun. I've only recently started riding out there, and don't really know my way around.
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:48 PM   #3
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Nice bunch of routes! However I think you're disclaimer about areas that might be closed deserves a little more discussion. If I'm not mistaken the Stagecoach route goes through the old Carrizo Impact area which is definitely closed (and has been for almost 50 years). The Carrizo Impact area was widely used for bombing practice during WWII and the Korean conflict. It is the only area on the west side of the Salton Sea where live ordinance has been used and it has never been totally swept of ordinance. If you happen to run into a ranger over in that area he's not going to be real happy (been there done that). I don't want to overstate the risk but I think it's fair that people know what they're getting into before they decide to enter the area. After that it's their choice. Here's an interesting article:

http://www.sdreader.com/php/cityshow.php?id=C090601
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:49 PM   #4
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:58 PM   #5
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Thanks for the routes.
I love riding in that area, it'll be fun to go out and follow your routes and learn some new trails.
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Old 05-15-2006, 01:42 PM   #6
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Ocotillo Wells is a great off-road destination for that area. If you in that neck of the woods check out the Pumpkin Patch trail before they are erroded into history and gone forever.
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:26 AM   #7
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Yes, the first route....Stagecoach Route, should not even be listed, since the part that goes through the Impact Area IS CLOSED !!

It is not wise to list closed routes, so people get the idea of going riding in a closed area. The signs in that area are NOT maintained, so it is difficult to see that the route is closed.....even though it is clearly closed on a Map of the area.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:59 AM   #8
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Yes, the first route....Stagecoach Route, should not even be listed, since the part that goes through the Impact Area IS CLOSED !!

It is not wise to list closed routes, so people get the idea of going riding in a closed area. The signs in that area are NOT maintained, so it is difficult to see that the route is closed.....even though it is clearly closed on a Map of the area.
The Government says it is dangerous and has closed it but they don't fence it or even maintain the closed signs. Sounds about like the old 55 MPH speed limit.
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The Government says it is dangerous and has closed it but they don't fence it or even maintain the closed signs. Sounds about like the old 55 MPH speed limit.
Exactly, I've been riding through there for years and have yet to see a bomb. Seen some fragments but thats all. If it was that dangerous they wouldn't have the rangers cruising all over it in ther Suburbans. The ticket if you get cought is 50$.

As a side note, they find more unexploded ordinace in London, Paris and Berlin each year than they find out there.
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Replying to the last 2 posts......just because there's no dangerous bombs, does that mean it's OK to go riding in a CLOSED area which makes us all look bad, especially if you're openly stating that in a public forum !! C'mon, I don't think you really got the meaning of my post.

All we need is to get closed trail GPS coordinates published in an open forum and get some squids who don't care or don't know any better, out there tearing it up and riding off the trail, making it worse for all of us.
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Is it really a closure or is it just ass covering the liability? Lots of property owners post closed signs just in an atempt to protect them.
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Is it really a closure or is it just ass covering the liability? Lots of property owners post closed signs just in an atempt to protect them.

Bingo! Why doesn't the millitary send some guys out there to sweep the place for unexploded ordinance. Would be great training for the ones going over seas. Then they could open it back up onstead of letting it sit there forever.

PS, We used to ride out ther in the late 70's early 80's before they had signs up and nobody complianed then.
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Is it really a closure or is it just ass covering the liability? Lots of property owners post closed signs just in an atempt to protect them.
If they catch you in there they will harass and potentially cite you. It is marked as a closed military area on most maps I've seen. Like I said earlier been there done that. Accidentally dropped into the wash behind the signs coming off of Carrizo Mtn. Had a not very nice chat with a ranger but did not get cited. Mostly it's been swept but there is still some ordinance there. I've been riding out there since the early 70's and it's always been signed but admittedly not very well. There are a lot of ways to get into it without going by the signs. Do yourself a favor and avoid the area.

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Old 09-27-2007, 06:49 PM   #15
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add to the impact area

I'll add my 2 cents....me and a riding buddy on our XR's got lost in this old bomb range at night 2-3 years ago - it is no fun, and yes there is a lot of ordinance. That is a night I won't forget for a long time.
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